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Joe has updated his awesome TankBot. We see some cool new graphics on the control page. The game also now also updates itself after you hit the target and we also get a neat robot to shoot at instead of a generic target.
Joe has also update his TankWars Instructible if you want to make one yourself.
This cute little tank robot uses an Arduino and WiFly shield along with a laser. Creating a web page using PHP, Joe is able to control the tank on his iPad over the internet, including aiming and firing the laser.
Joe has also created a cool target that lights up when it gets hit. I can easily see a couple of these tanks battling it out with the targets attached on top of them Now if he would only build another tank, set up an arena, add a webcam and host a tank shootout.
Nice job Joe.
Piccolo is a small CNC machine created by Tiago Rorke, Greg Saul, Cheng Xu, Huaishu Peng . Hopefully it will be available as a kit soon for under $70. I really like the idea here of using the Z axis to apply pressure to the brush or pen when drawing.
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Using mecanum wheels and an electric gun, this amazing robot can move sideways and fire pellets at the same time.
To accomplish all this the forty five pound robot has the following:
An Arduino Mega, Arduino Nano, 12 Maxbotix sonar sensors, 4 motors, Xbee radio, custom gun turret, Hitec Digital servos, MP3 Sound Board, many LEDs as well as other items.
Robert’s comment on his own blog state:
We set out to build the best, coolest robot we could. There is no doubt that it cost thousands of dollars for the various individual components and raw materials alone, but I didn’t keep track. People have asked me to sell Mechatron, build them one, or turn it into a kit, which would be a lot of fun, but I think it would be far too expensive for most people. For us it was a labor of love.
Awsome job Robert, we love this robot!
Update – 12/13 We had a video up, but replaced it with this photo as the video went down for some reason.
Using an Arduino, a servo, a computer fan and various other parts, he has created an automatic bubble blowing robot that makes really big bubbles.
He also includes tips for making the soapy bubble mixture, including using distilled water so the rope does not harden over time.