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Apr 10, 2014, 02:56 AM
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Robot show part 2

There was a picture of the robot used in Innerspace to handle the microchip. The guy who invented the Unimate was also there. Didn't really believe it was the exact robot & the guy never heard of Innerspace, so didn't photograph everything. A quick review of the DVD collection revealed

it was indeed the same robot, if not the same model number from the movie. It was the 1st robot arm which used direct drive stepper motors & it was patented. 1 of the students of the guy who invented it founded a startup that was sold to Google.

Pressure sensor with position.

Cheap 2 axis milling machine.


Biomorphic walking robots made by folding paper & throwing in a bunch of servos. They scurried pretty fast, on their paper legs. That took a lot of mechanical engineering. Only useful in Calif*, where it no longer rains.

3 generations of FOG gyros, including a russian gyro. The newest & smallest one is $1000.

After seeing all those government & academic projects, the homebrew clubs were just plain sad. With so many people now building robots at home & the level of sophistication that diy robots are now affiliated with, it was clear why self taught engineers don't get jobs anymore.

There are a lot more people making robots at home than before.

There were definitely signs of very limited after-tax income, not having the means to use the ideal components, projects being started & stopped over many years, a major achievement in just getting something to move on its own.

Pick n place machine from

Telepresence robots abounded.

Something to do with beards & hair.

Automotive lidar.

It could be an artform. It updated at some 5Hz.

It had to spin very fast to get 5Hz.

Very simple $180 submarine robot. No doubt, the waterproof motors are a big expense. The guy couldn't get it balanced & the water wasn't deep enough, so it just floated on the surface.

There was a 3D Robotics Iris, but no need to photograph it.

Running back home.

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