Archives: February 2009

Topobo Kinetic Robot System

topobo
Now here’s a toy worth goofing around with. Although crazy expensive, it might be worth it, if only to have something to annoy my cats with. From BoingBoing Gadgets:

Topobo is a construction kit with “kinetic memory”, which mostly means that you teach the little motors in its joints how to move by physically twisting and shaping them with your hands. Some parts will respond directly to your ministrations, while others are slaved to “queen” parts and mimic her movements.


[via BoingBoing Gadgets]

Humorous DIY Van Ad

This van ad presents a weird intersection of events and circumstance.
Someone had the inventor’s spark. They built a better mousetrap (valve). That person was paired up with someone with some marketing spunk. That person was paired up with a budding copy writer with an advertising writing style from the 50s. Next, add someone who [...]

Guy Building Giant SpiderBot In Vermont Wilderness

From Bot Junkie comes a (long) series of videos of a REAL man. If the zombie apocolaypse happens (oh, and it will happen), I’m going to this guy’s house. He’s basicly building a giant hexapod robot that he can drive around in. Here’s a picture of his plans:Giant Robot Guy's plans
Check out his website. I havent’ gotten through all of the videos, but in order to build his robot, he first has to build a workshop. So he starts there. Did I mention that’s he’s completely off the grid? Yeah. Dude is making this robot from scratch, with very little resources. 
 

 
[via BotJunkie]

The Obameter: Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises

Obama Meter
Politifact.com has a nice list of campaign promises made by Barack Obama and the current status of those promises. You can check it out here. It would have been nice to have a list like this for the last administration handy, and also a list of all of the scandals the GOP was dealing with. It seemed like for a few years, there was a new scandal every week. There were simply too many to keep track of. With this list we can at least keep track of this administration’s promises. Here’s a link to the only (so far) promise that has been broken.