Aug 24, 2011

GBC + NXT = Robotic arm goodness

The GBC (or Great Ball Contraption) has always been a favorite of mine. It's something I helped start, and has been embraced the world over. Recently there's been a new series of videos by YouTube user akiyuki showing some amazing mechanical solutions, but one just popped up that shows a robotic arm (driven by an NXT) that is simply amazing to watch:


(earlier portions of this are here, and are absolutely amazing considering that there is no NXT or electronic intelligence involved. Another great mechanical implementation is here).

Mechnically (and, clearly, in terms of programming) this individual has done an amazing job. But even beyond that, they have a look that inspires. Too often my robots are functional, and that's neat... but taking the extra time to make them look really good, that attention to detail, is rare. Here is a user that manages to combine all those facets... and does it really well.

6 comments:

Shep said...

Holy smokes that is awesome. I am glad to see that now some folks are really taking the NXT to new limits.


Simply incredible.

Clinton Blackmore said...

Wow!

Phil Eudy said...

Wow I can only hope to see this at one of the Lego Cons in America someday. Please post more detailed pictures of this awesome machine Phil

Brian Davis said...

Sorry (this is Brian, the guy who posted the blog entry), I don't have any additional information right now, and since the builder is overseas, I'm not sure we'll be seeing it over in North America any time soon... but we can hope!

It would be interesting to know just how well organized the LEGO GBC folks are in Japan... they certainly seem gifted!

sqiddster said...

wow, this is amazing...
but what i really want to see in action is that gigantic contraption next to it!

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

Note that this guy has a blog on his inventions also (the text is in Japanese, but there are a lot of vidoes and pictures. And with Google translation one can at least guess the meaning of the text).

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