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El DorkBot

Asistí a una de las exhibiciones de el difícil de etiquetar dorkbot. Ellos se describen como “Gente que hace cosas raras con electricidad“.

No tengo muy claro que tipo de asociación es esta ni a qué se dedican pero parece ser un grupo de entusiastas de la robótica artesanal y a mí los mecanismos me encantas y lo artesano también, si encima hay entusiasmo por medio ya me enamoro por completo.

A pesar de mis perspectivas la exhibición no me defrauda en absoluto y me encantan las 3 ponencias.

Primero apareció un chico con una máquina de escribir electrónica completamente hackeada que conectada a un PC y a un rotulador conseguía hipnotizarla para convertirla en un ploter casero.

Luego un par de universitarios nos mostraron su R4P (Robot de 4 Patas) y se me pusieron los pelos de punta cuando su criatura se movía con propia autonomía.

Finalmente se distribuyeron por la mesa un gran grupo de mini-robots hechos a partir de móviles antiguos. El padre ya había conseguido que sus criaturas usaran la batería y las pantallas ahora quería hackear el teclado para que los mini-robots se enviaran SMSs entre ellos e incluso que se comunicaran a base de politonos.

Al parecer esto lo repiten todos los meses, creo que ya estoy enganchado, una cita muy recomendable.

Actualizado 2008.05.21: R4P ganadores del 2º Concurso Universitario de Software Libre Nacional. Óle¡

24 Comments to “El DorkBot”
  1. Raul Murciano Says:

    Jeje, los chavales del R4P estudian en la universidad en la que doy clases, hace poco nos avisaron en el LUG de la universidad de que han seleccionado su R4P para la fase final del Concurso Universitario de Soft Libre, la verdad es que les está quedando fenomenal :)

    La robótica es de esos campos que antes eran cotos exclusivos de centros de investigación, universidades y empresas, pero con la bajada de costes de algunos componentes se pueden hacer cosas muy muy chulas con poco presupuesto y mucho ingenio.

  2. fguillen Says:

    Sí, todos hablaban de un circuito que se llamaba Arduino que debe ser como la piedra filosofal de la robótica artesanal :)

  3. R4P Team Says:


    Nos ha gustado mucho el post,

    Queríamos comentar que hemos ganado el Primer Premio en la categoría de Innovación del 2º Concurso Universitario de Software Libre Nacional :)

  4. fguillen Says:

    Post actualizado :)

  5. Mohamed Says:

    Good tutorial on Eagle, but if you want to relaly help people make Arduino shields, you should discuss the actual spacing/layout of the headers that is required to fit on an Arduino. For example, the nonstandard .16 spacing between the 8-pin headers. In your tutorial, your board was already magically laid out before you even dragged the ratsnest of parts onto the board. That certainly doesn’t happen magically in real life.

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