Robotics
“Stupid Robot” contest
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I like “dumb bots” (a.k.a. BEAM robots) as much as the next analog electronics fan, but Baca RoboCup is something entirely different. These baca (“foolish” or “stupid”) robots are meant to be as idiotic as possible and must be “useless to society,” in fact, the biggest chucklebot is voted the winner. BTW: It also states in the official Baca RoboCup rules that the bots “must make people laugh (without the use of explosives).”

I like these walking trashcan bots built by Robot Force, a group of builders from Osaka. They don’t seem very stupid to me. I’d buy a trashcan that could walk itself to the curb. Maybe not surprisingly, they didn’t win. Not stupid enough.

Bacarobo 2008 – Stupid Robot Competition [via Pink Tentacle]

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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