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Robot Videos / Robot Fighting Tournament Highlights
« Last post by TreasureCoastMakerSpace on December 02, 2016, 10:55:33 AM »
Hi everybody! We are Treasure Coast MakerSpace, an engineering workshop based out of Port St. Lucie, Florida. We host robot fighting competitions regularly that are open for anyone to compete. (People from around the country have showed up to our events!) After hours of editing, we present our full tournament highlights video! We hope you enjoy over two hours of metal carnage! If you want any information on the event or about us, check us out at treasurecoastmakerspace.com.

Misc / Re: What would your ideal robot look like?
« Last post by Tommy on November 30, 2016, 03:36:35 PM »
What would your ideal robot look like?
ropola, to me, it's not about looks. but with that said I do find beauty in gear boxes
and bearings. to me Robots are all about function. doing what we can't or shouldn't.

Misc / Re: Mechanical vs optical/software shape recognition - need some guidance
« Last post by Tommy on November 30, 2016, 03:15:45 PM »
go down the software shape recognition path or going with what I know would be expensive, limited by space, and time consuming to build (mechanical).

In a factory setting it's best to look at the skill sets of your maintenance personal
when looking at automating operations.

Electronics / Re: Lovotics – A New Robot Race that can Love!!
« Last post by gtabasso on November 29, 2016, 12:47:23 PM »
You need to read The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee. One of my favorite books about a robot who loves and a human who falls in love with this android.
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Misc / What would your ideal robot look like? or what should it do?
« Last post by ropola on November 26, 2016, 07:48:38 AM »
Hi everyone.
I'm new in this forum and I'd like to introduce myself and suggest a thema in order to talk about it to all of you (or most of you :)

I love making robots, and all that sorrounds it (electronics, programming, artificial intelligence, mechanics, and so on... actually, I have my own CNC machine and my own 3D printer...) And I'd like to know, What would your ideal robot look like? What should it do?

According to my personal opinion, a robot should look like a robot. For instance, I find terrifying those robots who look like persons (with skin, hair and so on). Insted, I would prefer something similar to Jonny Five or BB.
On the other hand, intelligence is important but not crucial (dogs are not very intelligent, they don't speak, or can't read our emails or make our shops, but we don´t minde to share our lives with them) So, I'd prefer an emotional robot that an intelligent robot...

What's your opinion?
Electronics / Lovotics – A New Robot Race that can Love!!
« Last post by Banart on November 26, 2016, 02:05:10 AM »

Humans have designed robots for making our tasks easier and simpler. These robots have been used in factories and even at homes as they can work tirelessly everyday and every time and that too without the need of money and food. Till now, no one has ever developed a robot that has the basic human emotions like crying, singing, laughing, dancing, affectionate, angriness, and so on. Of course, we have seen such robots in movies (Bicentennial Man). but in real life…not a chance!!

But, recently, some technicians at the National University of Singapore developed a  robot prototype called Lovotics that can express all these feelings. This robot has the ability to love and to be loved by humans. To develop such a machine, all they did was create a new robot with human behaviour by adding all humanly similar biological and emotional tools.

This may sound complicated, but all the complex hormones that are responsible for a human to get emotions and feelings are given to the robot. These artificial hormones include dopamine, serotonine, oxytocin and endorphin. Apart from these hormones, artificial intelligence process was also conducted to pass on brain signals using MRI scans so that the robots get a better idea on when to react for any kind of emotion.

The robot is taught well to interact with other humans and create emotions like laughter and many more at the right moment, according to the behaviour of the human it is interacting with. During this interaction, touching another analog to affectionate human interaction is very important. .

Just like any other robot, this one will also have the basic structural materials like a a processor with controller and wireless board, a flexible structure, batteries, touch sensors, microphones, an omni-directional base, servo motors, speakers and also LEDs

A detailed explanation of the basic structure of Lovtics is given in the video below. The comparison between human-ti-human-behaviour and Lovotics-to-human behaviour is well descripted.
Software / Re: Cmake configuration issue
« Last post by Gertlex on November 24, 2016, 01:55:57 PM »
That's a really helpful error message... Probably install gfortran if you don't have that already, and then set the environment variable its telling you to set.

I could be completely wrong, of course! You didn't tell us anything about your setup.
Mechanics and Construction / Re: My Advanced Realistic Humanoid Robot Project
« Last post by Murdoch on November 22, 2016, 06:10:49 AM »
This is great stuff. Learning quite a bit from this thread. Are you getting your casting products from Smoothcast? Thanks again...George
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