Monthly Archives: March 2011

Robot door-opening tool

“Robots to the Rescue” (Technology Review, March 29, 2011): Some experts also question how helpful robots would be after a nuclear plant disaster. Something as simple as a locked door could prevent a robot from doing its job. Is it … Continue reading

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TOR Systems List

This picture identifies the major systems for the TOR. (TOR stands for Tele-Operated Robot.) Here is a preliminary parts list. 1. Arduino Microcontroller for input/output interface between communications and motor/servos. Easy to find, only $35. 2. Wireless Camera available on … Continue reading

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Robot arm studies

As I get closer to designing a teleoperated robot that I can actually build, I wanted to experiment with different robot arm designs. Hence I took the re-design of a couple days ago and made several re-designs out of it … Continue reading

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Robot re-design

The elbows-back manipulator arms of the previous version always make me think of Fozzie Bear going, “Waka waka!” The design was taken from a space robot and doesn’t really work on a ground vehicle, so I replaced it with the … Continue reading

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Japan Solar Energy Graphics

Sometimes it seems that nuclear power advocates are attempting to insinuate that Japan doesn’t have enough land area to use solar energy in place of nuclear energy. Here’s what the solar panel requirements actually look like. Per person: [Calculations: Electrical … Continue reading

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Robot Arm in Sketchup

This design is based on the first iRobot photo shown here. Sketchup, by the way, is not for CAD, it’s for quickly illustrating concepts. Sketchup can draw smooth curves as in the iRobot photo, but boxes are of course faster … Continue reading

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Edison and His Inventions (an 1894 book review)

While prowling in the local Half Price Books, I came across this book. This is not a reproduction of an 1894 book, it is an original, and it only cost me $25. I feel pleased. Here’s the title page, which … Continue reading

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