Robotics

Robotics .*;

The first robot I built was a hexapod walker. I had a bunch of servos and too much time on my hands.
First robot I built with sensors.
Salvaged from a lab centrifuge. It wanders like a Roomba, but doesn't clean anything.
A gag robot I made for a web development class project centerpiece.
Experiment showing how a camera can be centered on a chosen image pixel.
New testbed for GPS experiments.
modern computer circuitry often mirrors concepts in psychology and neurology

Building Robots, Drinking Beer

Okay, drinking beer has nothing to do with robots. I just added that in there because I realized there's always a bottle of beer with me at the drawing board or the workbench. Enough said.

Anyway, building robots has been an intermittent hobby of mine for a long time. On that note, fashioning all kinds of things out of recycled "stuff" has been a hobby of mine all my life. The neat thing about robots, though, is that they (or the idea of them) have a life of their own. They're not just a tool I created to accomplish some task. They're not just a piece of art that gets attention one day, then takes up space the next.

To me, designing and building them is more interesting than completing them. In fact, to this day, I still have not completed a single one. Why? As it turns out, every time I get them to perform some trick, then I take them apart, rearrange them and build them back together to try some new trick. This ridiculously fun process goes on until I get bored and start up a whole new project.

But not before I take pictures!

I can't tell you how many times I've thought, "I wish I'd gotten a picture of that..." I'm trying to get in the habit of taking a snap-shot every now and again so I can share with friends later on, or at least say to myself, "Oh yeah, now I remember what I did with that massive pile of parts." If anything, this section is devoted to that.

 

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