Evil Mad Scientist Labs strikes
again, this time with its Drink
Making Unit 2.0, a gorgeous hunk
of machinery with parts sourced
from such unlikely places as
pet stores, chemistry labs, and
The DMU2 can dispense specific quantities of up to six liquids
(Long Island Iced Tea, anyone?)
and features a rad retro control
panel. Precision bartending made
easy (insert maniacal laughter)!
Orbotix has designed and built a robotic ball controlled by
a driving app, or by tilting an iOS or Android device in the
direction you want the ball to roll.
Sphero is essentially a smarter remote control toy: the
ball collects data that can be used to add conditions to the
gameplay, utilizing an accelerometer and gyroscope inside.
In the app Tag, for example, players can pit their Spheros
against each other. When the balls collide, they read contact
data and compile game actions. And Sphero’s open API lets
developers build their own games and applications for it.
makezine.com/go/sphero —Laura Cochrane
ON A ROLL
Sriranjan Rasakatla’s Semi
Autonomous Snake Robot-p3
is a modular robot designed
to move over rough terrain
where wheeled robots fail.
In manual mode, the
operator wears a data glove
embedded with two accelerometers to intuitively send
the snake commands. In
autonomous mode, it utilizes
an aerial-mounted camera
to survey terrain and adjust
its movements accordingly.
Future applications include
search and rescue missions
and mine detection.
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