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Linux-based Bluetooth Robot

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the you're-a-rigger-now dept.

Robotics 104

foobar2k writes "Sony Ericsson is showcasing their Rob-1 bluetooth controlled robot, which interestingly is running Linux. You can control the robot using your bluetooth enable mobile phone!" It's sort of a phone-controlled camera drone. From the product page: "This limited-edition Bluetooth(TM) camera on wheels really has an eye for things! Use your phone or PC to steer it. Bright lights at the front of ROB-1 lead the way."

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Saw this last weekend (5, Informative)

Zone-MR (631588) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981324)

I saw this demonstrated last weekend, on my trip to CeBIT [zone-mr.net] .

Here's a close up picture I took [zone-mr.net] .

My impressions of it were that it seemed very big - would have been a lot more impressive had they miniaturised it a bit.

THIS JUST IN (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981455)

A German couple who went to a fertility clinic after eight years of marriage have found out why they are still childless - they weren't having sex.

The University Clinic of Lubek said they had never heard of a case like it after examining the couple who went to see them last month for fertility tests.

Doctors subjected them to a series of examinations and found they were both apparently fertile, and should have had no trouble conceiving.

A clinic spokesman said: "When we asked them how often they had had sex, they looked blank, and said: "What do you mean?".

"We are not talking retarded people here, but a couple who were brought up in a religious environment who were simply unaware, after eight years of marriage, of the physical requirements necessary to procreate."

The 30-year-old wife and her 36-year-old husband are now being given sex therapy lessons while the university clinic undertakes a study to try to find out if there are more couples with a similar lack of sex education.

Re:Saw this last weekend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981472)

great pics you ol' northern basstad, no boothe babes ? any good goodie bags ? oh and more pics of everything, keep snapping and ima gonna keep drooling !

-AJS

Re:Saw this last weekend (1)

Zone-MR (631588) | more than 9 years ago | (#11983762)

no boothe babes ?

They were [zone-mr.net] there [zone-mr.net] , but IMHO it's a bad thing.

Re:Saw this last weekend (0, Offtopic)

PopeAlien (164869) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981484)

My impressions of it were that it seemed very big - would have been a lot more impressive had they miniaturised it a bit.

..I dunno, It would be cool smaller, but if you want impressive I think it would be better to go gigantic [popealien.com]

Re:Saw this last weekend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11982433)

Your picture was excellent. To me, the thing looks like a bowling ball with some sort of remote control attached to it via a telephone cord.

Re:Saw this last weekend (1)

ksaville00 (833015) | more than 9 years ago | (#11983364)

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dupe? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981335)

There is a 38% chance this is a dupe.

YOU RACIST BASTARD! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981337)

from the "you're a nigger-now" dept.

I'm a fairly technical user, not a tech god by any stretch of the imagination, but I know my way around. I know how to forward ports on my router, I do all my own XVID rips from Vdub, I can install most Linux distros without a problem, and I'm damned proficient at packages like Photoshop and Illustrator. In addition, I'm a gamer from back in the DOS days, so concepts like editing text files (config.sys, autoexec.bat, etc) don't necessarily scare me.

That said, as much as I like the concept of Linux, I simply will not try it any longer until I hear that a number of problems have been solved.

A) Having to recompile kernels/worrying that apps will be broken by upgrading that kernel. For that matter, I don't want to have to compile anything, ever. Just to make this clear, never. Come up with either something akin to Windows where I click on a standard installer, or make it like Mac where I just drag and drop the folder.

B) Any time I'm forced to drop to a command line, you as a developer have failed. Back 10 years ago, this may have been acceptable. In this day and age, it isn't. Furthermore, while once in a blue moon I may change a text file in Windows, in Linux it's a constant occurence. Again, you have failed.

C) MAN pages do not cut it. Neither does a message board where half the time I'll be called a clueless n00b, 25% of the time I'll be told to use a different distro, and the other 25% of the time I'll get genuinely helpful people giving me contradictory answers. If I'm expected to jump to an alien computing environment you'd best make sure your documentation is up to snuff. Linux sucks in this regard.

I'm an advanced user who's in favor of open source, but the bizarre, arcane, and technical details I have to jump through to achieve the same things that are comparatively simple in Mac or Windows may Linux a deal breaker. You will never, ever, become successful on the desktop until idiocy like this is exorcised from the OS.

Man oh Man (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981342)

What's next, a 802.11g vibrator? How about a penis-to-USB-adaptor running FreeBSD? I know, a SCO-powered butt-plug!

Re:Man oh Man (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981360)

Hey I got modded down. I'll say it again, for the prissy moderator!

What's next, a 802.11g vibrator? How about a penis-to-USB-adaptor running FreeBSD? I know, a SCO-powered butt-plug!

Re:Man oh Man (2, Funny)

filterchild (834960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981393)

That would work, except for the fact that SCO would sue you for infringing on their IP laws because you stole their anal code, which is unique to you and SCO.

Re:Man oh Man (3, Funny)

Yomers (863527) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981436)

Linux-based Bluetooth vibrator might be commercially potent idea. Integrate phone control, flashlight and camera - and you have a nice adult toy plus a whole new porn niche!

Re:Man oh Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981464)

I'd buy one.

Well, not really, but I'd say I would.

Re:Man oh Man (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981525)

"Linux-based Bluetooth vibrator might be commercially potent idea. Integrate phone control, flashlight and camera - and you have a nice adult toy plus a whole new porn niche!"

And a lot of slashdotters with chipped teeth.

Re:Man oh Man (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981557)

You seem to have an obsession with sex toys. Care to explaine?

Re:Man oh Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11982143)

it might have something to do with the fact that the porn industry is a *50* Billion $ industry.

Re:Man oh Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981899)

I wanna see X-rated Robot Wars! Battle between Gay Dalek and R2D2!

INSEMINATE! INSEMINATE!

Am I the only one... (2, Funny)

FalconZero (607567) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981346)

...who reads this and thinks 'CRUNCH'

Re:Am I the only one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11982215)

I give up... what in the hell does your sig mean?

Re:Am I the only one... (1)

Shachaf (781326) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982808)

The signature is in x86 32-bit machine code:
0x90 is nop (No Operation, i.e. do nothing)
0xCD 0x19 is interrupt 0x19 (The last thing the BIOS does after POST, reading the first 512 bytes of the hard drive, AKA the boot-sector, and executing them).

So this means: Do nothing four times, then reboot.

Re:Am I the only one... (1)

Fussen (753791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982659)

I'd like to see this thing get across shag..

Shoot your own upskirtsUpskirt modifier needed (4, Funny)

EtherAlchemist (789180) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981351)


Too bad there's not a mod point for porn potential, the shot of their demo panning up and down on the woman gave me the idea that this would be perfect for all manner of perversions. It's like an X10 on wheels.

Re:Shoot your own upskirtsUpskirt modifier needed (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981539)

"Too bad there's not a mod point for porn potential, the shot of their demo panning up and down on the woman gave me the idea that this would be perfect for all manner of perversions. It's like an X10 on wheels."

Well, since it's using short-range Bluetooth, it's like an X10 on wheels using a 3-foot power cord.

Re:Shoot your own upskirtsUpskirt modifier needed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11982470)

The flash movie they have also shows the thing spooking a flock of innocent birds, in addition to the extremely friendly looking girl getting photographed by it. Must have been her boyfriend, etc. controlling it as it panned up and down her delicious (almost unreal) body.

Slooshdutted alroody? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981352)

tHinking too UnavAilable HURD entirely [www.goat.cx]

I can't wait to download the source (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981355)


oh ?, what do you mean "i can't" ?

can it clean my room? (3, Funny)

y0saph (865086) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981357)

Otherwise, i don't care what it run...

girls wearing skirts beware! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981367)

What other purpose can this thing have?

Re:girls wearing skirts beware! (2, Funny)

Prophetic_Truth (822032) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981589)

Man thats an awesome idea, I also think Sony's marketing dept did a great job coming up with the name. I think i might just go rob one from sony!

Re:girls wearing skirts beware! (1)

kai.chan (795863) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981796)

What other purpose?? It's the perfect device for Female Public Washroom Security monitoring! Every company should have multiple mobile monitors installed -- for the security and privacy of the females, of course. We take a No-Pervert stance in OUR company.

Ha... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981369)

I know exactly where to take it :)))

LADIES: (1, Funny)

Gropo (445879) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981372)

You might want to think about wearing more pants this summer...

Re:LADIES: (1)

plover (150551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982851)

You might want to think about wearing more pants this summer...

I think you meant to say: "Pants are optional, but recommended for you."

Old Glory... (5, Funny)

spaeschke (774948) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981373)

"I'm Sam Waterston, of the popular TV series "Law & Order". As a senior citizen, you're probably aware of the threat robots pose. Robots are everywhere, and they eat old people's medicine for fuel.

Well, now there's a company that offers coverage against the unfortunate event of robot attack, with Old Glory Insurance. Old Glory will cover you with no health check-up or age consideration. You need to feel safe. And that's harder and harder to do nowadays, because robots may strike at any time. And when they grab you with those metal claws, you can't break free.. because they're made of metal, and robots are strong.

Now, for only $4 a month, you can achieve peace of mind in a world full of crime and robots, with Old Glory Insurance. So, don't cower under your afghan any longer. Make a choice.

Old Glory Insurance. For when the metal ones decide to come for you - and they will."

Re:Old Glory... (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982749)

Not to worry. I hear that there are Bluetooth snipers [slashdot.org] standing by.

Bluewhat? (4, Interesting)

Phoinix (666047) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981381)

Does that mean that Linux now supports Bluetooth?
O, wait, they did not say Debian

Linux AND Debian support Bluetooth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981646)

It's supported in newer kernels and there are quite a few Debian packages for bluetooth. In my experiences, it works much better than in Windows XP.

Re:Bluewhat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981880)

Use Sarge or Ubuntu, and quit trolling!

Re:Bluewhat? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981884)

linux has supported bluetooth quite well for quite some time now, so asking such a question just shows that you haven't been following. and had you ever cared a simple googling would have told you so.

http://www.bluez.org/ [bluez.org] .

Re:Bluewhat? (1)

Phoinix (666047) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982179)

I am aware that the testing releases have some type of support for bluetooth. I am using D-Link Bluetooth DBT-120 [dlink.com] on my WIndows to Sync to my Palm for the last ~2 years. It was not easy to make it work on the Debian side. Although I consider it the fault of D-Link for not providing "open specs" or a Linux driver for their product, as a user, and at the time I bought it, it did not work. I have been having trouble finding which hardware is expected to work seamlessly with Linux.

Linux control over a Mobile phone? (4, Funny)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981390)

I thought typing contact names on the keypad was hard, but typing long path names is going to be murder.

Re:Linux control over a Mobile phone? (1)

ToadMan8 (521480) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981435)

That's why tab completion was invented ;)

Re:Linux control over a Mobile phone? (1)

NonSequor (230139) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982189)

Unfortunately phones lack tab keys.

Uses for Bluetooth (5, Insightful)

caryw (131578) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981394)

I'm glad SonyEricsson is continuting to unveil new uses for bluetooth. Bluetooth is one of the most under-utilized standards on the market. Every digital camera should have bluetooth to allow you to easily send pictures instantly from any Camera/Bluetooth cellphone combo.
If anyone has a SonyEricsson T610 - T617 you can use it to control Winamp, Powerpoint, and all sorts of other things remotely by using the wonderful floAt's Mobile Agent [sourceforge.net] .
Bluetooth has great potential and tons of new cell phones are now bluetooth enabled. Someone other than SonyEricsson please start innovating!
- Cary
--
Fairfax County Ticket and Arrest Search [fairfaxunderground.com]

Re:Uses for Bluetooth (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981503)

I can control pretty much everything on my iBook with my bluetooth P900 and Salling Clicker.

Wireless really is wonderful - I lay on my bed controlling the music on my iBook with my phone, the sound coming from my speakers connected wirelessly via Airport express.

Re:Uses for Bluetooth (1)

Biogenesis (670772) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981930)

The combination of "stacks of features and uses" combined with "under-utilization" makes bluetooth look a solution looking for a problem.

Re:Uses for Bluetooth (1)

All Names Have Been (629775) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982200)

Every digital camera should have bluetooth to allow you to easily send pictures instantly from any Camera/Bluetooth cellphone combo.

Better be Bluetooth 2.0. Using the current standard you'll be waiting minutes for a simple five megapixel image to be moved between your camera and another. Bluetooth is nice - as long as you don't want to move tons of data quickly.

Re:Uses for Bluetooth (1)

dJCL (183345) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982511)

Love FMA... I run FMA on my laptop, and leave the laptop in my bookbag, then I setup winamp to output to my bluetooth headset(I want the new HP headset, higher audio quality with the new audio profiles) and use my phone to control the music...

It's also nice for incoming call notification and using SMS to chat with a friend - using a full keyboard.

I only wish that I knew of a program like FMA on linux - anyone have a suggestion on that?

Re:Uses for Bluetooth (1)

plover (150551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982866)

He wrote it in Delphi, and the source is available. Have you considered porting it? (I don't know if there's a Delphi compiler for Linux, that's for you to find.) Otherwise, my other suggestion would be to try to run it under WINE. I don't know if it could deal with bluez or not, but that's a possibility too.

One of the problems with porting it is: it's damn pretty under Windows. He did a great job designing the GUI. But will it port?

Re:Uses for Bluetooth (2, Interesting)

Goth Biker Babe (311502) | more than 9 years ago | (#11984061)

You must be American. Here in Europe everyone (well okay many many people) use Bluetooth. It seems to me that in any queue of cars waiting for traffic lights drivers have bluetooth headsets on.

I for one use bluetooth to sync my phone to my Mac, sync my PDA to my phone, control my Mac from my phone, use my phone as a wireless modem for my PDA or my laptop, use my Mac as a 'wireless router' for my PDA i.e. provide it with a net connection...

Bluetooth is great.

Hope it doesn't run Fedora Core (3, Funny)

theurge14 (820596) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981395)

If so, I don't know how they plan on fitting those CDs in this thing every 6 months.

Re:Hope it doesn't run Fedora Core (1)

Espectr0 (577637) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981704)

If so, I don't know how they plan on fitting those CDs in this thing every 6 months.

Or Ubuntu, Slackware, Mandrake, Suse, and pretty much all big distros. All of them have 6 month cycles.

Well this is just 'awesome'! (2, Funny)

episodic (791532) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981397)

Now all the teenage girls/guys can get this robot to drive their car.

Since they are on the phone anyhow, they can just talk and control the car driving blue tooth robot at the same time!

If they can just give this robot the brain power of a cockroach, I'll feel safer on the road!

Re:Well this is just 'awesome'! (1)

dJCL (183345) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982521)

Better option - look up the Sony Ericsson CAR-100, it's the same idea, a hotweels sized rc car controlled via bluetooth using your phone.

just re-wire the electronics into the cars computer control system and viola!

r1d1 (1)

paradaxiom (248955) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981399)

Oh no. There's a leak at LucasFilm.

I, for one... (0)

Silverlancer (786390) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981400)

I, for one, welcome our new Linux-based bluetooth-controlled robot overlords!

I for one... (0)

4_Minor_Drawbacks (868376) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981402)

welcome our new Bluetooth robot overlords.

Disappointed and terrified (2, Interesting)

murderlegendre (776042) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981417)

Sorry, but like an extermination-bent Dalek, I can neither get too excited nor too fearful of anything that can't climb the freakin' stairs.

Wake me up when it hovers.

Re:Disappointed and terrified (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981510)

Heh. Totally off-topic, but Daleks can hover. I dunno when it started, but "Rememberance of the Daleks" (from the Sylvester McCoy years) showed it happen.

Re:Disappointed and terrified (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11982217)

Nothing after Tom Baker counts.

Re:Disappointed and terrified (1)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 9 years ago | (#11983166)

Daleks also "emerged" from the water in "The Dalek Inavasion of Earth" but they never really got into how.

Re:Disappointed and terrified (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981567)

What about when it can push, or perhaps shove, people down stairs?

Is it just me... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981421)

...or does this encourage a whole new level of slacking off at work.

So now ROB-1 can patrol the corridor and look out for your boss while you're in your room trying to break your Tetris high score.

I'm sorry, but this has no useful functions except as an upskirt cam(lets hope not), hallway monitor, or geek-chic-it-runs-linux-and-rolls-on-wheels status symbol.

Wait a sec...
Nevermind, forget everything I just said, this fits the Slashdot demographic just fine.

Re:Is it just me... (1)

nchip (28683) | more than 9 years ago | (#11983805)

Insightful eh?

From the abstract: "Sony Ericsson is showcasing...limited-edition"

It's not meant to be a friggin product, it is Sony Ericsson bragging what their engineers are cabable of creating. Expect most of these things ending up as presents to executives of SE partners.

And if a Bluethooth-controlled Linux-powered robot isn't news for nerds, I'd like to know what is...

Re:Is it just me... (1)

Khuffie (818093) | more than 9 years ago | (#11984615)

it is Sony Ericsson bragging what their engineers are cabable of creating

Any student/person with a simple knowledge of robotics and microstamps can do this, albeit it'll be harder to get it to work off a phone. Just pointing out that this isn't all that amazing ;)

r1d1 (1)

paradaxiom (248955) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981426)

Looks like something from Episode -7.

works on Sony Ericsson?? (-1, Troll)

Herr_Nightingale (556106) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981440)

that's a feat all by itself. I f*cking HATE sony ericsson pieces of shit, esp. the T6xx series. I'm amazed they could get enough range (like, more than 6 inches away) to use the thing remotely.
I find this entry seriously uncompelling.

Re:works on Sony Ericsson?? (1)

dJCL (183345) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982544)

On the contrary, I find my T616 an excellent phone. Signal is average, but usability is great. It works with my bluetooth headset, dial up with my laptop or handheld, FMA keeps track of things when using my home or work desktops and locks/unlocks the screen when I leave/return to my system.

I even have a CAR-100 just to mess with things sometimes. My ring tone is just a midi file of the Doctor Who theme(and has been for 18 months - no jumping on the bandwagon here) and sounds excellent.

The camera, while low quality, has served me well, and I am currently re-writing my photo album code to support me e-mailing the pictures directly into the album.(But I will keep my Canon A80 - was skiing with it the other day, fell in the snow and covered the thing. It shutdown on impact, so I cleaned it up, wiped it down and started it right back up with no problems!)

Anyway, my 2c are not worth that much...

How is that useful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981461)

Can ANYONE tell me why that is even remotely useful? It's a "robot" that takes pictures with the help of a person?

Re:How is that useful? (1)

thorgil (455385) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982602)

good for any situation where you want pictures from where you cant go... small spaces etc.
pity bluetooth range is so limited.

"Ever dreamt of having a camera on wheels?" (0, Redundant)

26199 (577806) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981469)

No. Er. Has anyone?

1,001 uses for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981523)

For the first 1,000 absoultly nothing.
The 1,001st, a whole new perspective on the dressing rooms at K-Mart (Walmart)

Army (3, Funny)

kihjin (866070) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981530)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these...

Look out Redmond!

Are these things legal? (0)

Husgaard (858362) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981544)

Please note that the article doesn't say that these things obey Isaac Asimov's three laws of robotics [auburn.edu] . Probably it does not.

These beasts could be dangerous: As other comments have already pointed out they will most likely wander about and do upskirt photos.

Oh, wait... Shooting upskirt photos isn't forbidden under Asimov's laws, it it?

Re:Are these things legal? (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981591)

> Oh, wait... Shooting upskirt photos isn't forbidden under Asimov's laws, it it? Well, it couldn't hurt the woman while doing it(1st law), and if she said no then it wouldn't happen(2nd law).

Re:Are these things legal? (1)

EtherAlchemist (789180) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982596)


Shooting upskirt photos isn't forbidden under Asimov's laws, it it?

Maybe in some of his earlier writings ;)

In Korea ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981545)

In Korea only old people use Bluetooth controlled robots.

ROB 1? (3, Insightful)

EdwinBoyd (810701) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981569)

Wasn't ROB 1 the name of the short lived NES robot peripheral? Damn Sony, first you muscle in on the handheld gaming market and now this?? Have you no shame?

I can only think of one thing... (3, Interesting)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981580)

This is yet another root to Ping-chan's family tree. [everything2.com]

And yes, I want one.

interestingly? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981585)

which interestingly is running Linux

Wait. You're thinking of that other thing... "tedious"!

Does anyone know (3, Funny)

themusicgod1 (241799) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981682)

How come I can't get the fucking cheese out of this grater? The holes have been made too tiny and the cheese is too moist. It's like this cheesy mush that threads together in the center of the grating wheel (it's one of those circular graters with the arm you spin... That's how it's getting stuck... You know, in the middle part.) I tried pushing it out with my index finger and caught myself on one of the edges... Normally this wouldn't be so bad, but I tried with a knife just before and actually caused the metal to tear creating a sharp edge (unknown to me just before sticking my finger in there.) So I have my finger in this circular cheese grater and it's started to bleed... There's a little pool of blood forming right in the pocket of moist yellow cheese from where my finger compressed it. For some reason it still wouldn't come out, and now I was bleeding all over it. It was not a good situation. I abandon the knife and the finger ideas (the knife being too pointy and my finger being too soft and rippable) and attempt a spoon. Holy fuck, it worked! So the cheese comes out in this strand-ey (due to the various strands being ripped asunder and re-united by the finger pushing) sort of bloody cylinder with a big dip on the top. I realize I've been biting my lip this whole time and I had this really intense look on my face. I shout a victory scream, and realize my girlfriend has been watching me this entire time. Anyhow, I smiled at her and she shook her head and left the room... I figured it was for the best as the worst was yet to come. I took the cheese grater and threw it out of the kitchen in disgust... This is about the time when I decided this entire process would be made a lot easier with the aid of robots. No, it was time to begin from scratch, no grater was required. I'd build this fucker. Right then and there I decided to try and build a mechanical cheese grater. I pulled out my robotics books from the cookbook cupboard (don't ask) and got my trusty parts box and tool kit. I began with a pretty simple little motor and got a converter to plug it into the wall. It's at this point that I had to head into the other room to get the grater I had originally disgarded. Anyhow, I get the grater and (through the magic of solder and a bit of duct tape) managed to attach the thing to the motor. I took my screwdriver and forced the holes to be a bit bigger (which would hopefully solve the problem of the bloody cheese cylinder.) I decided there needed to be some way to keep the pressure on the cheese so that it would be forced into tiny little holes (and RIPPED TO PIECES, FUCK YES. DIE YOU FUCKING CHEESE!!1!) Anyhow, to solve this problem I rigged up a bit of a spring and pulley system (attached to a second motor) onto the original lever and let 'er fly. There was a lot of noise, and I think I've blocked the rest out of my memory (probably for the best, therapy can be expensive, but you don't need therapy for what you can't remember, ah-hah!) The next thing I know, I'm laying on the floor and there is cheese -EVERYWHERE- my girlfriend is picking me up and I have glass all over myself. Stupid bowl got caught by the motorized grater and shards of glass came out where the cheese was supposed to. I was lucky, I lived, but let this be a lesson to all of you. Do -NOT- mess with motorized cheese graters. Or, if that's a bit too specific for you (and trust me, it does cover a wide range of dangers) don't tamper with cheese related products, it's for the best if you just back down. There is no way to stress this enough. Plain cheese graters may cramp up your hand and strain your arm, they may even not work, but you CAN NOT REPLACE THEM WITH ROBOTS!

Re:Does anyone know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981897)

Whoah there hoss. Go to the shops and purchase some of those new fangled paragaraph things. Or overcome your luddite-ism.

On topic, I can't say I'm especially impressed with the robot. Points for making a robot in the first place but uh... it barely counts as a robot. Woo! two wheels and a camera! That'll save your fat arse from walking the distance it'll go. I can see the "OMG! /. == cheap adverts" already.

And what if someone picks it up and legs it with it? There goes a few hundred quid.

OTOH, who remembers big-track?

http://www.bugeyedmonster.com/toys/bigtrak/

So drunk right now....

Re:Does anyone know Bluetooth Dentist? (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982809)

Seems like this robot will have to see the BlooTooh Dentist and get a blue-job right in the grater or the teeth.

I guess when the bloo-tooth mouth appliance is embedded, some nerdy engineers will stay at work frisking the prototype.

Wife/Boyfriend: You're spending a lot of hours at work lately...

Nerd: YEH! They brought in a BlooTooth robot. Once I saw it and checked it out, it bloo me away.

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Aside from that, imagine the cheese-funk or the stench coming from that robot's mouth? If there is a cooling fan installed, that bastard will have bad breath. What's the cure for robot halitosis, anyway? Robi-tossus? Or, is it....

R-O-B-O-T-U-S-S-I-N??

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OK, guys, let's not hump the robot, cuz when the next engineer figures out it CAN be humped, it will just end up being....

Humpty-Dumpty...

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Of course, withh the cheese still in mouth, you can probably take this thing to Japan and stand it along one of the ISDN and other slow phones and make a ...

H-A-L-I- fax to Nova Scotia.....

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This would be the KILLER BOT for serious gamers... in the boxing ring. Just program it for a round-house kick...

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Some engineers will be looking for the bloo-bot's bolts... but others will surely be looking for its...

nuts....

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QUICK... somebody file a patent...

Appendages Pending...

hmmmm

Casters (1)

Blimbo (528076) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981883)

These totally remind me of casters on my chair.
As such I would like to put 5 of these (running in syncro)on my office chair. Then i could grab a coffee or go to the can with out getting up from my chair.

Or perhaps even better, install one or two of these units on an unwitting co-workers chair and let the fun begin...

Re:Casters (1)

anakin876 (612770) | more than 9 years ago | (#11981970)

something tells me the torque available to those little things would not be equal to the task.....so you might have to re-engineer them a bit. You might also want to extend the range on the bluetooth transceiver - otherwise your coworker might catch on to you fairly quickly.

Re:Casters (1)

cyberwiz01 (745827) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982363)

You would go to the can in your office chair? Gross!

bluetooth and linux in the same headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11981965)

surely slashdot will asplode!

sigh of pleasure (1, Funny)

kraksmokr (216277) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982070)

"Linux based bluetooth robot"

Did you hear that?

It was the sound of 1,000,000 Slashdot readers having an orgasm simultaneously.

get it? (1)

LiMikeTnux (770345) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982259)

"camera on wheels" or, COW....
STEER it? hehe
thanks, ill be here all night, my tip jar is over there.

Domination (1)

dauthur (828910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982407)

For some reason, this reminds me of that little remote-controlled spy cockroach in the Fifth Element. If only we could have a huge slew of these little robots... we could have a fleet that could take over the world! Except mountains. Reception sucks up there.

Duuude (1)

Agarax (864558) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982515)

1) Buy a bunch of linux-based robots!
2) Make em into a giant Beowulf Cluster!
3) ...
4) Profit!
5) Use em to invade Soviet Russia!

Better than phone sex (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11982519)

Whoa cool man! That thing'll keep me amused for at least five minutes! If it only costs a hundred bucks then that's only twenty bucks a minute. Only 5x as much as phone sex with a professional dominatrix. What a bargain. Hmmm... what to do with that $100 bucks I got for my birthday. Either make five calls to Mistress Paulina or watch a plastic wheel roll around the linoleum kitchen floor on my phones little screen until I get tired of it. Oh who'm I kidding? I'm a geek. Where do I buy one of these Rob-1 thingys?

Killer Bluetooth Robots! (1)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 9 years ago | (#11982648)

Now, with the army of killer robots upon us, the only thing that can save us is: The Bluetooth Rifle! [slashdot.org]

Linux this and linux that (1)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 9 years ago | (#11983174)

I don't see anywhere that it says it runs linux. But assuming it does, what cpu is hiding in there? I'm assuming some sort of MIPS since that's what Sony seems to like for consumer devices. But what else? Can I ssh into it? Memory? I need specs people!

Hrr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11983264)

Sick of seeing linux all over the place, linux here, linux there.. Hrr, fuck it, use *BSD.

Bluetooth Profile (1)

Hobbitgh0d42 (863818) | more than 9 years ago | (#11983284)

Does anyone know what profile(s) this uses to communicate with the phone? I would think atleast OBEX or OPP... Probably means that Motorola v710 owners are SOL.

Ten English Pounds to the First person who... (1)

diggory (264503) | more than 9 years ago | (#11983721)

Discovers the undocumented "Release Poison Gas" Command.

UPSKIRT PORN! (1)

m33p (635261) | more than 9 years ago | (#11984946)

what more needs to be said?
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