Here is a cool project update from John on the start of a robot that uses flexible links! Nicknamed Flexibot 0.1, here you can see the flexible links in action for a pan-tilt head, controlled by a RC joystick:

Watch on YouTube

Here’s more thoughts from John:

One thing I’ve been thinking about for years, is flexible robots. I’m a pretty good fabricator, but the precision and complexity, required to make useful multi-degree of freedom joints (like your shoulder) has always seemed a little daunting, especially if you try to make them compact.



He plans to go further on the mechanics, then turn it into a proper robot with autonomous control. Last update on Twitter, he’s going to the hobby shop for more parts- so that will be interesting. 😉 Botbait is definitely looking forward to (virtually) meeting another flexi-bot!

Read more over on John’s blog!

We also blogged about John’s RoboBrrd Stella here. Follow him on Google+!

‘Hunt the Wumpus’ RoboBrrds!

Two RoboBrrds with a BIG adventure ahead of them!

The goal with these RoboBrrds is to have them play Hunt the Wumpus using GPS coordinates.

Hunt the Wumpus is an early video game, based on a simple hide and seek format featuring a mysterious monster (the Wumpus) that lurks deep inside a network of rooms. (from Wikipedia)

The idea is to modify the game into ‘Find the RoboBrrd’, changing the bats into flapping wings, the wumpus into moving beak, and more. The Brrds are equipped with a stand, a GPS, a LCD to display text, and of course LOTS of colourful feathers.

Jac Goudsmit has been helping his grandkids along with building the RoboBrrds, and they did all of the building, soldering, and decorating! Definitely deserving of a RoboBrrd-round-of-applause!

You can follow more of their RoboBrrd adventures on Jac’s Google+ here, check it out!

Do you have a RoboBrrd that you have made and want to show off? Share it with us on Google+, Twitter, Facebook! 🙂