Pocket PC meets Robosapien

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Pocket PC meets Robosapien

Admittedly, this isn't a Mac or Apple related hack, but I stumbled across it and thought it might interest a few people.

Title: Tom Servosapien, or How Team NimbRo Hacked/Modded Robosapien's Brain into a PPC

http://www.gadgetmadness.com/archives/20040918-tom_servosapien_or_how_team_nimbro_hackedmodded_robosapiens_brain_into_a_ppc.php

I do recall something about a powerbook and a robotic dohickey being discussed in AF version 1 way back when. It was to have a webcam on top and some sort of wheeled affair, to allow it to wander about. Maybe not as 'humanoid' as the above beastie, but it had potential nonetheless.

I wonder if the project ever continued... I can't find it with the search function on the current AF.

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This thing looks grotesque, b

This thing looks grotesque, but kind of cool.

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Didn't MacAddict do something

Didn't MacAddict do something like that with an iBook and a Kritter Cam? IIRC, they called it the iBorg.

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iBorg

The iBorg? Never seen it. Maybe that is the beastie that I was thinking of but don't remember. Still, I do recall a posting from AF version 1 regarding a webcam, a powerbook and some wheels to make the thing roll about as a roving webcam.

I believe it was inspired by a concept product from the folks at iRobot... I can't find anything regarding it now though, so I might have just been hallucinating.

Interview with David Reynolds with comments regarding the iBorg:
http://www.coolmacintosh.com/davidinterview.html

The iBorg is still sitting by Ian's desk, and now that I have a garage, we're considering Rev. 3. To quote Monty Python: "It's not dead yet!"

And perhaps a lower-tech alternative?:

The Lemmy - the Low End Mac Excursion Module
http://www.lowendmac.com/lab/01/0607.html

Grotesque indeed ravuya. Very inelegant design. Still, interesting idea. Might be better to mount the pocket PC on the back of the creature, and have the webcam put into a headlike case, or tennis ball. Might protect it (the webcam) a little in case it took a header.

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