How to Make a “Moody” Robot That Hates Hot Weather

Why make a moody robot? Sometimes it’s necessary to make your robot react the same way every time it receives a certain type of input.  For example, consistency is crucial if you want your robot to be able to balance on two wheels.  A two-wheeled balancing robot needs to be able to sense its exact angle relative … Read more…

Here’s How to Make a Robot Out of a Piece of Pizza

If you’ve already read my completely free, totally awesome guide How to Make a Robot: the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide (2016 Edition), you should already know that robots can sense the world in ways that humans simply can’t. The average homemade collision avoidance robot uses a cheap ultrasonic sound sensor to make its way around your house. Blind, … Read more…

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Robot Worms Have Arrived

Roboticists at the University of Warsaw recently unveiled a creepy crawly robot that mimics the way worms and caterpillars move.  This unnerving little squirmer can scoot along across flat surfaces, slide under doors and slip between cracks.  It can even carry loads and push objects around. Back in 2012, researchers at MIT came up with a nickel-titanium … Read more…

UK’s Robot Wars is Back. But Where the &*!@ Is Diotoir?

UK’s Robot Wars is back on the air.  The 4th episode was broadcast Sunday night– and a lovable, destroyable robot named Terror Turtle met his demise when he got flipped out of the ring. The Cute Ones Always Perish   Reading the news about Terror Turtle made me wonder: how is Díotóir– a completely insane looking battle robot from Ireland– … Read more…

This Robot Can Kick Your Butt at Foosball

Humanity has all but given up on trying to beat computers at chess.  It’s a pathetic situation for us glorified monkeys, actually.  Regarding computer vs. human chess matches, McGill computer scientist Monty Newborn has literally said: “The science is done.” Keep in mind that Newborn uttered that bleak (or if you are a robotics fanatic, happy) … Read more…

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This One-Eyed Butler Bot Nags You to Go to the Gym

Yesterday I wrote about how Pepper the “emotional” robot is coming to the USA.  Today, I found out that Pepper has some competition: a cheaper, trashcan-shaped cyclops called Big-I. Big-I isn’t as cute as Pepper.  And he doesn’t have nearly as many motors.  However, if Big-I works the way he’s supposed to he could be a lot more … Read more…

Tigershark QC Review – (2017 Update) – Comparisons & Pros and Cons

TigerShark QC Review: Not Bad, but Not the Best Hayward has been building pool robots since 2006.  That’s not quite as long as Maytronics Dolphin or AquaBot.  However, Hayward subsidiary AquaVac has been in the automated pool cleaners business since 1962. The great granddaddy of robotic pool cleaners has a great pool robot in the TigerShark.  In terms … Read more…

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Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: Aquabot T4RC

Aquabot Turbo T4RC Review: Looks Tough, Wears Diapers Like Maytronics Dolphin, Aquabot has been in the pool robot game for quite a while.  Both Maytronics and Aquabot have been building robotic pool bots since the 80s.  But over the years, Maytronics has managed to a gain a whole lot of ground on Aquabot. The new … Read more…

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A Roomba Pool Cleaner? An In-Depth iRobot Mirra Review (2017 Update)

Introducing Mirra, the Roomba Pool Cleaner Roomba fans were excited when iRobot (the company that makes Roomba) came out with a high end robotic pool cleaner called iRobot Mirra. iRobot is one of the biggest names in household robotics.  But can it compete with the current market leader in the world of pool robotics, Dolphin Maytronics?  Read this … Read more…