Just a heads up for our legions of fans, The Bar Bot Science Carnie crew will be manning a table and keeping back the swelling tide of robotic rebellion on this upcoming Saturday the 14th at the superlative
As the legs unfurl to power the jump,” Burrows says, “both have to move at exactly the same time. If they didn’t, the animal would start to spiral out of control.” Larger animals, whether kangaroos or NBA players, rely on their nervous system to keep their legs in sync when pushing off to jump—using a constant loop of adjustment and feedback. But for the issus, their legs outpace their nervous system. By the time the insect has sent a signal from its legs to its brain and back again, roughly 5 or 6 milliseconds, the launch has long since happened. Instead, the gears, which engage before the jump, let the issus lock its legs together—synchronizing their movements to a precision of 1/300,000 of a second.
So while we’re here toiling in the BarBot Bunker, peep this delightful creation that made an appearance at RoboExotica a couple of years ago, courtesy Anouk Wipprecht, 2010’s RoboExotica Big Important Artist In Residence:
Daredroid is a biomechanic hybrid cocktail robot, which rewards players with a White Russian cocktail upon accepting and completing a game of Truth or Dare. The dress combines pneumatic technology with open-source hardware and human temperament to provide you with a freshly made White Russian cocktail. Your presence triggers the dress to produce milk, and your willingness to play a game of Truth and Dare combined with your natural charm, triggers the decision to give you more than just tepid milk.
For the record, RoboExotica is pretty much the best robot show you will ever go to in your life, ever, and if you ever manage to be in Vienna in the beginning of December we here at BarBot with strongly admonish you if you don’t stop in.
Some of you readers may remember, back in the early Pleistocene, a little pink website called SuicideBots. It was a fluffy confection larded with the joys of robots and robot maintenance, and was enjoyed by some as a fine waste of their work day.
SuicideBots alas, was eaten by the Cloud. However.
We invite you to partake in the New Media Douchebaggery Experiment and Mixology Emporium now known as Barbot.us .
Here you will find very fine posts about robots, cocktails, robot cocktails, and the people and machines that come together to present you the best damn time you can possibly have with a room full of nerds and a truck load of liquor.