Dear friends, it has been a while since I committed to create a video of the Robotis Mini robot for all of you to view. This is my favorite robot of all time (at least for now). It was a labor of love – took about 13 hours to assemble and wire the robot plus another 3 hours to assemble the pins required to make the subassemblies for the robot.
In this video I used the app to control the Mini, however, another cool way to make this robot move is by using the voice recognition on the app. It allows the robot to headstands, rolls and advancing forward for a longer period of time. It was very satisfying seeing the robot boot up and work the FIRST time! To me the key thing about building the robot was ensuring all of the servo wiring was not too tight so the connections did not get cut or come out of the servos.
Saturday Night Live (SNL) had a skit about robots and the skit was modeled after Honda’s ASIMO robot. SNL chose the wrong robot since ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) is highly sophisticated and is the most researched and most developed humanoid robot today.
I came upon a 14 minute YouTube video that shows ASIMO’s current abilities. It is pretty impressive. This also shows the current state-of-the art in Artificial Intelligence (AI). As I put in the title above, “Should we be concerned about AI?”
Quote for Today: ““Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein