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Offline madsci1016Topic starter

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ButlerBot, a robot to get you a drink.
« on: June 10, 2010, 01:56:30 PM »
I think the first thing every robo-hobbyist wants to build is a robot to fetch a drink from a fridge.

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Re: ButlerBot, a robot to get you a drink.
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2010, 02:45:43 PM »
Wow that is an amazing piece of kit, I wouldn't imagine it would be too complicated to add a vacuum mechanism to the robot so that it can do the house work when it is not required to carry drinks around. I wonder if there are many people out there who actually have robots helping with their everyday lives, anyone on this forum for instance with this sort of set up?

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Re: ButlerBot, a robot to get you a drink.
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2010, 06:15:02 PM »
i think it  was in robt magazine

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Re: ButlerBot, a robot to get you a drink.
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2010, 09:23:34 PM »
Nice robot! Getting me inspired already!

Big-B, actually my robot NINA was supposed to do something very similar to this like help carry in the groceries in a tub or wagon and use a line sensor to move them back into the house. Along with vacuuming the rug (which doesn't work too great with thick treads), fetch canned beverages, put out fires, and night-guard the house. Looking back on those ambitions I don't think NINA will fullfil half those roles.  :D Lol

But I did learn a lot about robots, mechanics, electronics, and physics along the way. Right now, I'm making NINA's primary role to be a "social machine." Meaning, it's going to interact with people and help me solve problems on how my robot might teach people who have trouble communicating or relating to others (like those with autism or Asperger Syndrome). It may take a while before NINA can do this professionally, but you got to start somewhere. Also, NINA may still night-guard the house  8). I think I'll build a second robot using NINA's left over parts to help carry in the groceries.

Personally, my conviction is robots ought to help people by doing what a human being cannot do, or going ahead of humans on dangerous work. I think a robotics setup like this would be great, however, for someone who hypothetically might have very severe cerebral palsy. Such a robot could cover for (or work with) a human care provider. Think of the kinds of robots with a house-hold-helper set-up that we could benefit from!
I think the chauffeur did it.

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He did.

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Re: ButlerBot, a robot to get you a drink.
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2010, 04:00:52 AM »
I wonder if there are many people out there who actually have robots helping with their everyday lives, anyone on this forum for instance with this sort of set up?


Here is AIMEC serving some drinks. I am playing with object recognition so the robot will be able to select things by vision alone. I have managed to get the system to recognise the difference between diet and regular Coke cans, but it needs a lot more work to get it fully working as I want it to.



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Re: ButlerBot, a robot to get you a drink.
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2010, 07:05:20 AM »
Wow you guy's are creating some amazing robots, I'm only at the beginning of the ladder but some day I might be at the stage to create a robot to help out around the house but first I need to get my robot to even work :)

I agree with you SeagullOne when you say that the robots should be used for dangerous jobs and to help care workers, that seems an ideal task for these machines, I hope you get your NINA to where you want it, best of luck.

Toymaker your AIMEC looks amazing, getting it to tell the difference between coke and diet coke is a hell of an achievement, I've studied a bit of image processing and any bit of noise or change in lighting can make a huge difference on your chosen feature set so well done there!

 


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