Archive for the 'Make Your Own' Category

20
Feb
08

Making A Robot Hand

We’ve been following what Nathaniel and Dip have been doing for the past couple days. This afternoon they got their first taste of working with the public. As expected, their ‘Make A Robot Hand’ demonstration was hugely popular with the kids here at @Bristol.

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Everyone giving the demonstrations was given 30 minutes out on the floor. The robot hands were so popular that Nathaniel and Dip were there for much longer than everyone else.

20
Feb
08

Making A Robot Hand

weds3Everyone at Walking With Robots has been learning different ways of engaging the public in science communications. One group is producing stories for the press, another group is doing performances, another is doing talks and the final group is doing demonstrations.

Here Nathaniel Poate and Dip Gosh are practicing their demonstration on how to make a robot hand. Later today, they will be meeting the public on the floor of @Bristol for the very first time.

19
Feb
08

even you can make a robotic hand!

Dipgosh and Nathaniel are producing an activity as part of Walking with Robots where participants will be able to make their very own robotic hand. All you need is some cardboard, sticky tape, straws, and some string; and in Bluepeter style, heres one we made earlier …Tune in later on, when we’ll show you how to make one of your very own.

19
Feb
08

so, what is a robot?

A common question placed in front of many of the researches here at Walking with Robots is, “What is a robot?”. A couple of definitions off the Internet have a robot as “a mechanical or virtual, artificial agent, which, by its appearance or movements, conveys a sense that it has intent or agency of its own” or perhaps “a machine that can automatically do tasks normally controlled by humans”. So we pose this question … ‘is this a robot?’:Perhaps you could argue the ‘moving pot’ has the intent to draw random multi-coloured lines on the paper; and its definitely mechanical, although, is it doing a task normally controlled by humans! And, just as importantly, is this a robot? It is definitely mechanical, although does the lack of an electronic component demote its status as a robot. Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot) has a timeline which spans robotic development from modern robots right back to the third century B.C. Within the timeline is the first ‘programmable humanoid robot’, developed in 1206 and consisted of a mechanical boat with four automatic musicians. These early contraptions obviously did not have an electronic component although these are very often called robots, so perhaps our little walking friend is a robot! So how about some pens attached to a mobile? … mobilerobot
Silly as it may appear, its got legs, and a body, and looks very similar to the ‘robot’ consisting of a coffee cup and some pens, although, unfortunately this robot does not move. The vibration of a phone call is not enough to propel the robot across the table So; is it simple a badly designed robot that doesn’t work, or not a robot at all? … Its up to you!