Archive for February, 2007

Help Out At Mechwars 10 (Video)

You can volunteer at Mechwas 10 for these jobs:

position Saturday Sunday
morning afternoon morning afternoon
pit boss richard richard richard richard
pit assistant open
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cage boss steven steven steven steven
cage marshals steven
Rod
open
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steven
Rod
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steven
Rod
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steven
Rod
open
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Supermodels open
open
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Money boss reserved reserved reserved reserved
ticket takers open
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floor boss dean dean dean dean
merchandizing ramona
open
ramona
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ramona
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ramona
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floor staff open
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audio/visual boss open open open open
audio/visual assistant open open open open
m.c.’s Jon
reserved
Jon
reserved
Jon
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Jon
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judges reserved
reserved
reserved
reserved
reserved
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film crew open
open
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Electrical Boss paul paul paul paul

If you do volunteer you can get in and watch the bots fight for free! Also you will trade off with somebody else so you will not have to work the whole time.

Mechwars is planning on having 50 to 100 robots being there to fight so if you go as a volunteer or spectator, you should have a lot of fun!

Mechwars is going on May 19th (Saturday) and 20th (Sunday) 2007, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Here is an exciting video from last year:

Signup with the link below. 

Link:

Mechwars

–Scotty

February 28, 2007 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

1,000,000 Visits To RoboSavvy! (Video)

                        

Today RoboSavvy has hit its 1,000,000 visits mark! This count has been done over the last two years. I’m sure there will be many more visits to RoboSavvy in the next few years!

RoboSavvy is the biggest online Robo-One community right now!

Congratulations, Limor!

Now Let’s Get The Party Started!!!!!! 

Link:

RoboSavvy

–Scotty

February 28, 2007 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

Lipo Battery Fire! (Video)

When I was going on to Google Video I found this on the front page:

For those of you who did not watch the video it is of a Lipo (Lithium-Polymer) battery fire.

Lipo batteries can be very dangerious.

To make it less dangerous some companies have made bags to put them in, like in this video:

If you ask me, I’ll buy the Lipo bags if I use Lipo batteries.

LipoSacks cost about $30 USD.

Links:

Lipo Sack

–Scotty

February 28, 2007 at 2:09 pm 1 comment

RT Corp. Rabbit (Video)

Here is a video of the RT Corp. rabbit that is near the doors at RT Corp. in Akihabara electronics district of Tokyo, Japan.

–Scotty

February 27, 2007 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

Mr. Torimoto VS. SolidWorks = Robot Challenge (Video)

Mr. Torimoto is an origami expert and went against the SolidWorks CAD Robot to see which one could make a robot the fastest. The winner? Watch the video below to find out! One thing is for sure the SolidWorks Robot is a really powerful program. Also you can get a free origami robot kit with instructions by Mr. Torimoto sent to your email or your ‘real’ mail box if you are in the USA or Canada. 

Links:

SolidWorks Robot Change

SolidWorks

–Scotty

February 22, 2007 at 1:52 pm 2 comments

Clocky for sale (Video)

A few hours ago I got an email from Nanda saying that Clocky is now for sale. I have not been to her site for about 4 months so I have not been up on all the latest Clocky news. I went to her site and saw the latest pictures of Clocky…and…well…thay seemed kind of girly… and cute… NOT some thing you would want to be seen carrying around or even all taken apart on your work bench… maybe I’m wrong… you can see for yourself with the link below. Also, it didn’t seem like something you could hack. Tell us what you think about Clocky.

 

Link:

Nanda Home (Clocky’s home page)

–Scotty

February 20, 2007 at 7:40 pm 1 comment

One Year Left to Read “Robot Builder’s Sourcebook”

I’ve had Robot Builders Sourcebook by Gordon McComb for about a year now, and still have not read the whole book yet. But that’s going to change in the next year, so by February 2008, I’m going to have read the whole book and followed every link! “Why would you ever do that when you can just look up different categories, like ‘fasteners’ and ‘power transmission’?” you ask. It’s so I can put up corrections and take out sites and stores that are no longer there. I’ll be posting mini reviews of sites and stores that I discover through this book, along with additional ones not mentioned in the book, on the Ribo-Labs link page. This way, everyone can benefit by it. You can help by emailing me through my contact form on Ribo-Labs.com or by putting a comment on this page. You can tell me about robot-related sites, stores, etc. that you know about.

Links:

Link Page

Contact Form

–Scotty

February 19, 2007 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Robosavvy ‘2.0’

Within the last hour, Limor has put up the new RoboSavvy site style! He first started with the style in Picture 1. Then around August he put up the ‘1.5’ style in Picture 2. And about two months ago, he started working on the ‘2.0’ style on a secret url that only a few people knew about. So I, being one of them, have been keeping track of his progress of it. Now the new style is up on RoboSavvy.com. I remember back when RoboSavvy had less then 25 posts…now there are more then 1,000 posts.

1.0

 

1.5

2.0

Link:

RoboSavvy

–Scotty

February 17, 2007 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

New Dash on the RIBO-Labs Home page

As of 5 minutes ago RIBO-Labs is now dedicated to:

Show the world that robots can be friends, not evil wacko creations gone wrong.

This has been added to the home page among the other 4.

Links:

See this for your self at the RIBO-Labs Home Page

–Scotty

February 13, 2007 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

And the DART Ant Weight Winner is…Babe The Blue Bot!!! (Video)

When I receive each issue of Servo Magazine, I first go to the “Combat Zone” section by Kevin Berry. When I got my February 2007 issue, it was no exception. This time, with Kevin just talking about Babe The Blue Bot on Robot Magazine’s forums, it really stood out when I saw that Babe The Blue Bot won at DART (Daytona Area Robot Tournament). He posted some pictures and said how he made motor mounts cheaply with hand tools and handcut Kevlar honeycomb armor. Kevin lives in Florida (FL) USA and works for NASA and has been in every space shuttle–past and present–working on cameras, beams, etc.!

Babe The Blue Bot is the low pushy bot in the video.

Links:

Kevin Berry’s post on Robot Magazine’s Forum

Servo Magazine

 –Scotty

February 7, 2007 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

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