Archive for February, 2008

RIBOtic Winter 2007

Although not open to the public, the first ever RIBOtic has taken place at RIBO Labs deep in the Northen Wisconsin forests.

Justin’s robots and my robots fought it out from Friday November 28 to Saturday December 1st.

Justin finaly got his first robot (Lego Mindstorms NXT) after seeing how much fun we had at iHobby Expo 2007.

We first had the Lego Sumo battles. Which with my robots motors at 40% could win. While up here Justin fixed some of his programs which aloud for some cool random movements!

After the sumo robots battled it out, I saw the little Lego heli blades in my collection of parts and said “I wonder if we could make it fly…” After 6 – 8 hours of work, and some of Justin’s and my ideas, we got it to fly! Not the best flyer in the world, but with a hard crank it would lift up 3 feet!

The next day we worked on a LEGO(r) rock crawler, based on a quick through together one that I built 4 days earlyer.

Check out the videos:


February 2, 2008 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

Robot File Sharing

I have wanted a good place to save and share robot related files. We have YouTube for videos, which works very well. But the file sharing has not come as far yet. This is understandable, though, as more people will watch videos then download files, and they need to make money also.

Listed below are the best file sharing sites yet:

MediaFire – Tons of ads, hard to find the little “download” button once on the page. You can add a description and title for your file. Files will stay online forever.

SkyDrive – Personally, I like the folder layout of SkyDrive, although you can not yet drag files from one folder to another – you must re-upload the files. The files do not have a page for them where you can add a description or title. Online time for files is unlimited.

I feel that we will soon see good file sharing sites like YouTube.

If you know of any good file sharing sites, please let us all know by posting a comment!


February 1, 2008 at 5:02 pm 1 comment

Robotic Wire Protection

My Bioloid has been running quite a bit and the wires are starting to get chewed up, so I have been looking into wire protection. I will put non-abrasion sleeving over the wires then put shrink tubing over the plugs and wire protection to reduce wear on the wire near the plugs.

Right now I am ordering Non-Fray Expandable Braided Sleeving from Cable Organizer. I will let you know how well this form of protection works.

A split wire:

Diagram of the protection concept:

Cable Organizer


Update –

I ordered both 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch sleeving in 1 foot lengths to see which size works best. 

February 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Anti-Static Bags

Jon Hylands sent me a link today for anti-static bags with the note:

“The anti-static bags are great – Digikey sells them in 100-packs for $6.18 [CAD].”

Digikey Anti-Static Bags

Yellow Tape to Close the Bags


February 1, 2008 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment



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February 2008