Mars using Intelligent Robots -- even if you don't
give a hoot about planetary exploration, this provides a
succinct comparison of various robotics architectures.
Steven Dubowsky of MIT has done some studies on
self-transforming robots for planetary exploration. His
phase 1 final report for the NIAC
his "annual report" viewgraphs on his phase 2 study are
Shane Farritor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
has done a similar NIAC
study, on Modular
Yet another NIAC
study, by Dr. Ron Jacobs of IIS, on pneumatically-driven
Got an old Palm Pilot? Turn it into a robot!
has lots of miscellaneous robotics links.
Tired of solar cells? Try a gastrobot
(a robot with a digestive tract)!
Bill Mooney's introduction to using surface-mount
parts components is here.
Make sure to check out NASA's cool
robot of the week.
You can buy all sorts of odd and interesting toy
robots at Robo
Toys. If it's Lego Mindstorms you're particularly
interested in, you can read all about it in the Mindstorms
Rod Brooks' theories play a big role in the
inspiration for, and history of, BEAM. "Edge"
has a good interview with Rod Brooks here.
Professor Martin Smith in the UK has a nice site on
various robotic topics here.
Make sure you check out his page on a solar