09
Sep
08

A swarm of e-pucks at the BA festival

Wenguo and I arrived yesterday with a swarm of e-puck robots. Wenguo and Jan Dyre have done a sterling job programming the e-pucks with 3 simple behavioural rules:

  • if you see an obstacle turn to avoid it, else
  • if you see the tail lights of another robot, follow it, else
  • go straight ahead.

The robots will thus form an orderly queue, except that because the arena is too small the line very quickly gets broken when the lead robot encounters a wall. However, that all just makes for an interesting – and constantly changing – swarm.

07
Sep
08

Inventor’s corner

07
Sep
08

Ecobot explanation

07
Sep
08

Robot Wars!

WWR isn’t just giving visitors the chance to see robot demonstrations here at the Festival – you might get the chance to become a robot too! Inside the mini robot world these ‘robots’ start with four simple instructions:
1) walk in a straight line (only your best robot impression please!)
2) If you walk into another robot or the edge of the robot world you need to turn around and keep walking
3) If you walk into a paper plate you must pick it up.
4) If you’re carrying a plate and walk into another one you must put it down on top of the other one and walk off in a new direction.

After a minute our ‘robots’ discovered that by following these easy rules they’d sorted all the plates into neat piles – just like leaf carrier ants!
Why not try this at home folks.

07
Sep
08

Fancy a Sunday stroll?

‘Le machine’ – the giant spider currently attracting all sorts of attention at the moment –  isn’t the only mechanical creature taking a Sunday stroll around Liverpool’s World Museum. WWR’s robot legs have been going down a storm with visitors of all ages who seem fascinated to meet David, the legs’ maker, and to take a weekend walk with a robot!

07
Sep
08

Hydrobot lives!

After a few early problems, we’re pleased to say that the hydrogen-powered robot car is now up and running. It was worth it – hydrobot is going down especially well with visitors interested in alternative power or those hoping to avoid rising car tax!

07
Sep
08

Le Machine – Monster Spider Stalks Liverpool




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