writer for Laughspin and Riled Up Journal. stand-up. creator of the original @Bill_Nye_tho twitter.
Originally posted on RiledUpJournal.com
Welcome to my new weekly column, Ask A Roboticist, where YOU can ask me anything you want to know about the science of robots. Earlier this week I asked for your questions via Twitter, and now I’m back with answers!
(I should mention that I am NOT a roboticist, so I’m merely doing my best here.)
A. I’m not a roboticist.
Q. I am working on a drivable robot that can be controlled by laptop via wifi. I don’t even know where to start! What do you suggest?
A. I would suggest that you speak to some sort of roboticist.
Q. I recently purchased the Turnigy TrackStar 4168 2650KV 1/8th Brushless Motor and the torque rating is not listed in the data sheet. Is there a way to calculate this?
A. I don’t know.
Q. Can you recommend a 3-way valve that could be turned by a servo and operate at at least 60 PSI?
A. What is a 3-way valve?
A. I studied film at community college.
A. What the hell?
Q. Have you ever constructed a robot with a simple conductive glue rather than by means of standard soldering methods? Is this discouraged?
A. I’ve never built a robot, man.
Q. I know very little about robotics and would like to build a simple humanoid bi-ped. Can you get me started?
A. Ask a roboticist!
Q. What’s the best way to weatherproof a metal box in which all my electronics are contained?
Q. I am interested in building a small racing robot. Do you recommend I program it with C or C+?
A. Nerd alert!
Q. What are some good beginner’s guides to Model Aeronautics?
A. Great question!
Come back next week for another round of Ask A Roboticist!
UPDATE: Ask A Roboticist has been canceled.
Originally written for RiledUpJournal.com
When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the show “Battlebots.” If you don’t remember it, it was a show where people built tiny little remote-controlled robots, and made them fight each other. Here is a video for reference.
Like a lot of people who grew up nerdy and had an unhealthy attachment to television, I took to writing fan-fiction. So, I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite pieces of “Battlebots” fan-fiction that I have written
K-1000 vs. The Metal Devil
For a second it looked like K-1000 was gonna win (on account of the chainsaw) but then it turned out The Metal Devil had a laser! The Metal Devil won instead!
Glenn 1450 vs. Monsterbox
“John 1450? No robot with a name like that could ever win a robot battle.” That’s what everyone said about poor old Glenn 1450. They were right. Monsterbox smashed him with a hammer.
Juliebot 10000 vs. Crush-o-tron 900
Juliebot 1000 and Crush-o-tron 900 met in the middle of the ring. The crowd was going nuts. They knew they were in for an absolutely BRUTAL robot battle. Whoever lost this battle would surely be left unrepairable, never to fight again.
The gentle gaze of Juliebot met the cold gaze of Crush-o-tron 900. “Don’t you look at me like that,” said Crush-o-tron. “Don’t look at me with those eyes.” “You know this isn’t right,” replied Juliebot.
“We can’t!” said Crush-o-tron. “Everyone expects us to fight. What happened in the past… Well, that’s in the past.”
“We belong together,” spoke Juliebot in an impassioned whisper.
“Goddamn you, Juliebot. No.”
“Crush-o-tron, I’m… i’m pregnant. It’s yours.”
“What? How could this happen.”
“2 months ago… at that party.”
“Oh my god. Juliebot.”
Juliebot and Crush-o-tron stared each other in the face for almost a full minute.
“I love you,” whispered Juliebot.
Crush-o-tron took Juliebot in his arms, and they kissed for what felt like years. “Let’s get out of here,” he whispered into her earhole.
The crowd was very confused. Crush-o-tron and Juliebot got married the next day, and are raising their child in Barbados.