Roboexotica Wrap-up 1
Ok, a few more robots for you, and then I’ll post a bit about some of the other stuff that went on at Roboexotica.
This one was kind of basic. You “milk” the cow’s udders in order to get vodka. Then, if you want ice, you have to reach into the anus (they have special gloves) and there’s an ice tray in there. Juvenile? Yes. Funny? Definitely.
This robot was named ‘Sloth’, after its method of locomotion. It crawled back forth across the room, suspended from a steel cable. The motion of the arms was impressively well orchestrated, and it had to be in order to keep its balance on the cable. It also dispensed shots (whiskey?) into the shotglass underneath. Towards the end of the week, one of the sensors that reversed the direction of the crawl started malfunctioning, so its creator had to hang around and manually reverse the direction.
This was kind of a low-tech steampunk-looking thing. It was distilling its own alcohol, so it gets points for being the only bot at the festival to actually produce alcohol. The horns allow you to hear the distillation occurring, and there’s a little mouthpiece that lets you aspirate the final product.