Archive for April, 2017

Building BB-8

Monday, April 10th, 2017

I’m building BB-8. This should have come before my post about adding an aluminum band to BB-8’s dome, but non-linear writing is good for the soul (or something like that).
The main body and the dome are both made out of foam. The dome also has aluminum and 3D printed parts on it.
I’m using a hamster […]

Using littleBits for robots

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

littleBits is an electronic building set. It allows you to plug together various electronic parts to quickly build a device.
I’ve been using a littleBits set to build robots. So far, I’ve only built robots involving simple parts–I haven’t used an Arduino, so there’s no programming involved.
The littleBits sets are nice for being able to very […]

Thought experiment: Asimov’s First Law of Robotics

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Asimov’s first law of robotics states, “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” This sounds reasonable, so here’s a thought experiment about designing some robots to implement it.
The first robot has a camera and a water pistol, together with the ability to move […]