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Robot Design: days two and three

by on Nov.27, 2009, under robots

Yesterday being Thanksgiving, we didn’t get much design done. I mostly just got the kids thinking about the types of robots they can build — flying, bipedal, wheeled, etc. Entertaining, useful, talking, etc. The one thing that kept coming up was that they want a robot that will clean their rooms for them. Hahaha, fat chance. Actually, Helen wants one that will blow-dry her hair for her too.

So, today I floated the idea of building a dog-like robot, and the kids really like this idea. Mike has a kit we might be able to use as a base.

Here are the dog-like characteristics it will have:

  • Bark
  • Walk
  • Run
  • Beg
  • Wag Tail
  • Shake
  • Roll Over
  • Sit
  • heel
  • growl
  • Chase cats
  • Lick

Other capabilities:

  • Play Music
  • Dance to Music
  • Play 20 questions
  • Give you the weather
  • Locate the nearest Restaurant/movie theater/etc
  • It will have an “UP” dog collar with volume control
  • Its feet will rotate into a position where it has wheels facing downward to travel quickly
  • Shock (in alarm mode)
  • Give other information(wifi connection to internet)
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