Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Phobot, the phobic robot

A team of the University of Amsterdam have built a phobic robot, called Phobot, using LEGO Mindstorms NXT and an additional sensor.

While building a LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot a is not an earth-shattering event by itself, the amount of emotion and interaction the robot conveys is quite astonishing! I did a little test and showed my daughter a video of the robot. It told her the robot was afraid of big robots and needed assurance and confirmation in order to be brave enough to approach the big robot. "And oh look! Now it starts dancing! Isn't that cute?"

Well, she immediately asked me to build it overnight so that she could play with it in the morning, it was so cute!

I have contacted the team, they told me that they were quite overwhelmed by the media attention they had gotten. And who can blame them. After things calm down a bit they would look into sending the code and perhaps the building instructions, which they haven't gotten around to just yet. Ork, if you're reading this...?

Anyway, take a look at the site and video. Be warned, the video is in Dutch. 50 seconds into the video there is a good demo of the robot, which is self explanatory.

Update: Ork just contacted me, we should expect the code and building instructions to appear very soon! That's great news! Thanks Ork.

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Martijn, of course I'm reading this! I read everything on the net ;-)

We hope to have our new building instructions done tomorrow, which will includes the software! Stay tuned for an update! :-)

I can hardly wait, thanks for the update!
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