Monthly Archives: December 2012

Cheetah Robot Runs 28.3 MPH

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Boston Dynamics (of BigDog fame) has the legs-in-the-real-world thing down.  For reference, if you ran 28.3 miles per hour you would complete 100 meters in about 7.90 seconds.  Usain Bolt’s world-record 100-meter run, admittedly from a standstill, is 9.58 seconds.

GM Robots Help Santa Wrap

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I’ll leave the stats about Santa’s annual wild ride to the other sites, but you figure an operation like that has to have some quality help back home in the shop.  Wish I could get them to wrap my Christmas gifts–wrapping skills much skip a generation.  Either way, Merry Christmas!

(Full disclosure: Your humble editor works for a car dealership group that includes a GM franchise.)

LEGO-Arduino-Popsicle-Stick Rubik’s Cube Solver

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It’s like James Watson’s Rubik’s Cube solver managed to mash all the blog cred hot buttons in one fell swoop: LEGO, an Arduino, Rubik’s Cubes.  There’ve been quite a few Mindstorms-based Rubik’s Cube solvers, many of them far more complex.  To do all of this on a couple of servos and a pile of popsicle sticks qualifies it as awesome.  Just watch the video and appreciate.

(Via Hack A Day)