Robots Hacks

Mind-Controlled WiFi Surveillance Robot

Mind-Controlled WiFi Surveillance Robot

The Rovio is a simple security robot with an attached webcam which can be remotely controlled from anywhere in the world.  Using a 14-electrode headset which monitors brain activity and head-motion, this hacker can now control his robot via...
Incredible Robot Balances Perfectly on a Ball

Incredible Robot Balances Perfectly on a Ball

We’ve featured some basic segway-like self balancing robots with two wheels but we haven’t seen anything like this.  This unique robot uses three omni-wheels to maintain its balance on a spherical ball.  As demonstrated in the video below, it...
Chess Opponent DIY Robotic Arm

Chess Opponent DIY Robotic Arm

Playing chess against an on-screen computer is one thing, but it just doesn’t match the realistic feel of a live chess game.  By programming a Lynxmotion robotic arm in Python, this chess player created his own robotic opponent.   The Python...
PR2 Robot Fetches Beer from the Refrigerator

PR2 Robot Fetches Beer from the Refrigerator

Those crazy programmers over at the Willow Garage are at it again. This time around they’ve created a robotic wench to deliver the beer. When thirst strikes you can fire up a web interface and drag a picture of your beer into a shopping basket....
Automatic Robotic Drumming Instrument

Automatic Robotic Drumming Instrument

Expressive Machines Musical Instruments has developed an interesting drum system that can play many notes at the same time and much faster than humans could. Not sure how they kept the budget to $200...
Wiimote Controlled 15 Ton Robotic Claw Arm

Wiimote Controlled 15 Ton Robotic Claw Arm

Although you can't play with Wiimote controlled 15 ton grapples in the living room. This hack isn't anything like the Lego Mindstorms NXT Robot controlled with a Wiimote or the Wiimote operated Lawnmower. This one has gone king-size. This thing is a...
Hexapod Robot with Claws and Webcam

Hexapod Robot with Claws and Webcam

Just when you thought that Hexapod robots were the best, the guys of at the Tekkotsu lab at Carnegie Mellon University develop the Chiara robot, a fully articulated 6-legged robot, which claws and high-end webcam for precision navigating and...
SpiderBot The Amazing Climbing Robot

SpiderBot The Amazing Climbing Robot

Spiderman isn’t the only one who can climb walls anymore: Crawling its way out of a robotics lab comes Spidey’s robot alter ego. Not exactly in android form yet, the robotic contraption is more of a study in motion planning but is...
Extraordinary DIY Transformers Robot

Extraordinary DIY Transformers Robot

Little is known about this fantastic project, but the video really speaks for itself.  Obviously it’s not as smooth as the movie, it’s still an impressive engineering build.  It uses a bunch of servo motors to accomplish the complex...
DIY Virtual Robot Controls Physical Twin

DIY Virtual Robot Controls Physical Twin

In this cool project, learn to use a simple robot to manipulate its 3D mirror image constructed in Maya. For the physical robot, he uses 3 servos and a PicAxe 28X1 micro-controller.  Each time the robot moves on its axes, movement is...