Everybody loves robots, and judging by the fact you're reading this, you probably love iPhones, too. Combined, they are a magical combination that brings a smile to our faces. The latest of these is Walky, the product of Yuta Sugiura the Digital Life Project at the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University in Japan. It's a bipedal robot that translates finger movements into robotic footsteps (and a few dance moves, to boot). It's certainly one of the coolest and most intuitive iPhone-to-robot interfaces we've seen. Video after the break.
So you think you're pretty great at Rock Band [App Store, $9.99] on your iPhone or iPod touch because you can beat your friends, eh? How about a machine? That's right, tough guy. Joe Bowers has created a machine with no purpose other than mastering Rock Band and putting us humans to shame doing so. It consists of a robotic "hand" that can detect changes in light, and it can play the game's highest level of difficulty without the help of us fleshy types.
Stephen Myers has created a system for dispensing dog treats remotely from his iPhone as a method for checking up on his dog while he's away from home. He uses an electronic monitoring system from ioBridge that connects to his Ethernet network, an old CD spindle case, some cardboard and bits of wood, a large syringe plunger, and a webcam. Impressively, there was no programming required. Check out the video after the break.
Peanut butter and jelly, iPhones and robots... some things just seem to be made for each other. There's something about an iPhone-controlled robot that I never tire of seeing. This one runs using an Arduino CPU board with a TA7291P motor using AA batteries, and can be told to move forwards, backwards, or turn. Check out the video after the break.
Ever hear your iPhone ringing several rooms away and run to answer it, only to find you've missed your call? Kazu Terasaki decided to try and solve that problem by making his iPhone a pair of walking robot legs. They don't work great, and they still need to be controlled by a laptop, but it's still pretty neat. Check out the video after the break.