Bend it like NimbRo-OP (and other things we didn’t cover)
The last week of political discussions until 2014 is nearly over! Why not celebrate by reading today’s edition of GeekBytes? In today’s edition, we imply that robots might actually be taking over the world, and plug the project of a man who wants to make Legos that don’t stick together.
What if I told you that there is a competition called the RoboCup where a group of robots play a game of soccer against each other? If you are anything like me, then you know if it can even kick the ball without toppling over, it’s probably playing at a higher skill level than you are. NimbRo-OP is a robot designed by a team at the University of Boon to compete in the TeenSize category during the upcoming RoboCup. This means that it must stand no taller than one meter (a little over 3 feet), and it can’t weigh more than 6.6 kilograms (about 14.6 pounds). Check it out in action below:
Siri is a step in the right direction, but voice-activated electronics still have a long way to go. At least they did, until Ubi received funding on Kicktstarter a few months ago. Ubi plugs directly into a wall outlet, connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, and stays on all day and night. The ubiquitous computer can monitor the temperature of a room, search the Internet, serve as an alarm clock, or take the place of a home speaker system. Ubi also can send alerts to your smartphone and your computer. You can preorder the Ubi today for a discounted price of $219. [via Techcrunch]
We don’t normally include multiple Kickstarter products in a single edition of GeekBytes, but this time it was warranted. Robert Darabos is making a bunch of ceramic Lego bricks and wants your help. This might not sound like a typical Kickstarter campaign, but if you decide to chip in at least $10 and help Robert meet his $100 goal, he will send you a few bricks of your own.