Sep 22, 2006

CouchBotato Building Instructions


I have uploaded 115 images that contain the building instructions for the CouchBotato.

You can find Step1 starting here.

UPDATE: The purpose of the CouchBotato is silly - for ROBOT magazine, I wrote about a silly desire to have a bot that would roll out and get a bag of potato chips sitting about 10 feet from my couch. I programmed it to use the Sound sensor to determine Left/Right directions and to stop and close the claws around the bag.

13 comments:

jonathan said...

Would brickshelf work?

-Jonathan

Rick Rhodes said...

Jim,

You have this on Flickr, right? (That's not a file, but good enough for those who want to download the pics one by one).

Jim Kelly said...

Nope... uploading 110 images to Flickr could take a while. I guess I could do that, but I'll wait and see if anyone has a better idea.

Brickshelf would also require me uploading 110 photos and that's not something I really want to do if I can avoid it.

Jim

jonathan said...

Jim,

Notice how, on the upload page, it says, "Zip files will be automatically unzipped without sub directories". Maybe this means you could just upload the zip file, and it will automatically be unzipped, putting the pictures in the folder?

-Jonathan

P.S. I have a free, limited, uploading space (came with my e-mail address), and if other things don't work I could probably just upload it to there...

Jim Kelly said...

Didn't notice that on Flickr... I'll take a look and see if it can handle 110 images in a zip file. Thanks!

Jim

Jim Kelly said...

Okay, the files are uploading as I write this... could take a while. Tag on all files is "CouchBotato"

Jim

Hayes said...

You might want to consider Amazon S3. Once your file is uploaded, people can download it directly via a URL. The cost will be small given their $0.20/GB transfer pricing. You'll probably want to use a program to simplify uploading like jSh3ll.

Rick Rhodes said...

Thanks, Jim...the Flickr files look great.

This is from the retail kit, right?

Can it turn? (If so, looks like its turning radius is about eighty feet). :)

jonathan said...

Oh, lol, I was talking about Brickshelf! Oh well, glad to hear it worked out anyway. :-)

-Jonathan

Jim Kelly said...

It turns fairly well... the front wheel is a plastic gear, so there's very little resistance. It's best to program it to stop completely and then make a left or right turn rather than turning while moving forward... and yes, no measurements, but the turning radius is probably quite large.

I built it from the retail kit and used up ALL of the black connectors and (I think) all of the white beams. I used all the sensors and motors and just tried to go crazy.

Jim

Jim Kelly said...

Rick,

Shoot me an email when you get a chance...

jktechwriter at gmail dot com

jonathan said...

This is way OT, but RIF is closing down. They've gotten lots of trash e-mail from people who are angry that they're selling their stuff instead of giving it away. Also, they didn't get many sales.

I can't believe people (especially as they said, people in the lego community) would act like this! Poe and David spent so much time putting together a spectacular website, and some people are mad because they charge $6 for it! If they wanted it for free, I'd suggest they make it themselves (and give it to everyone else for free), instead of trash-talking the RIF.

All in all, I feel very sorry for Poe and David. They made a great attempt to give us a lot of fun, and were rudely awarded with complaints because there was a small fee.

nxt.dad said...

thanks for the photos~!

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