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MECH101: An Introduction to Giant Robots

When it comes to mecha, what are your core recommendations? Specifically, what media, including games (pen and paper, computer, or otherwise), television/movies, books, or otherwise, are best to appreciate and understand those giant freakin' robots? [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on May 28, 2014 - 17 answers

Robots in fiction for a high school audience

What are some short stories, books and movies that feature robots or artificial intelligence in prominent roles? Looking for accessible conversation starters; could be classic sci-fi or more contemporary stuff. This is for a high school class of students with a wide range of English skills and cultural backgrounds. We'd like to come up with a list that would have something appealing for everyone, and would be appropriate for a school setting. [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jan 12, 2014 - 34 answers

Recommendations for a robot kit to build to with my two young sons?

I'm looking for recommendations, please, for a robot kit to with my two young sons, 9 and 7. I want it to be a serious project, which will produce a fairly sophisticated animal-like robot, with sensors, navigational abilities, learning abilities, etc. I also want the project to be educational, so that the kids learn something about robotics, electronics, and computing. [more inside]
posted by kitfreeman on Nov 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Where can I buy this posable robot?

A friend of mine has this neat posable robot, which I've been using to mess around with stopmotion animation. However they don't remember where they bought it. Here's a photo of it. Do you know where I can buy it? Searching Amazon didn't bring it up.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Machine vs man quote

Help-me-find-that-quote-filter - along the lines of "over the next thousand years the struggle between machines and humankind will be a close run race but ultimately humankind will emerge triumphant"? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga on May 12, 2013 - 0 answers

Making small movies with special effects on a tight budget.

A see people use a harness to hold the camera to eliminate jerking, up and down sideways Is there a way to get the same effect on a smaller budget? Or an inexpensive harness for a rather smallish light weight camera. Making special effects, like a robot walking around would add amusement to the deal. I have a program called FxGuru on my phone, which can add some limited special effects and I like that. But I would like just a little bit more control. [more inside]
posted by digividal on Apr 1, 2013 - 10 answers

A book with a supporting character who hears NASA voices in his head?

I'm trying to remember a book I read a long time ago in which a bitter supporting character complained about the fact that he was an ex-astronaut and he had a chip in his head and every moment of every day he received encouraging commentary from NASA engineers about whatever he happens to be doing. From memory the character might be homeless, or unemployed etc, and as the story progresses I think you just assume he's a little mad and the voices are imaginary. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful on Mar 16, 2013 - 7 answers

I want a robote. I want a toye bat man. I want a Batman helykoptr.

My seven year old wants a robot for christmas. Help me find one. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Our neural pathways have become accustomed to your sensory input patterns.

What does a "robot voice" sound like in languages other than English? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Robotic morning routines in tv/movies?

Automated/robotic morning wake-up from tv show or movie... [more inside]
posted by thewumpusisdead on Sep 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Looking for an Internet video: Humanoid robot soldier patrolling a real, Third World city

Looking for an Internet video: Humanoid robot soldier patrolling a real, Third World city. It combined live action footage -- which looked like Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, etc -- with a digitally inserted, Terminator-like robot soldier patrolling the streets on foot. The robot appeared to be a motion-captured actor, from its level of fidelity. The project appeared to have a somewhat political slant about the eventual use of robots in combat.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Sep 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Questions about long-term robot planning

I have long-term planning related questions about (home cleaning) robots and the acquisition, set up and maintenance therein. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Sep 4, 2012 - 20 answers

Finding a comedy site ca. 2001-2 featuring a guy dressed as a robot?

Anyone remember a very old comedy site/blog that featured a guy dressed as a robot staging antics all over Plattsburgh, NY? [more inside]
posted by BJE on Aug 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Please help me find these 1970s robot toys.

I'm try to find a series of robot toys I had in the early 1970s. I've tried various relevant search terms on Google, AskMe and eBay, but have come up empty. Maybe you can help based on the details I remember. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Aug 5, 2012 - 4 answers

It wasn't Small Wonder.

Yet another "help me identify this half-remembered thing from my childhood" post. Please help me identify this vaguely-remembered anime about a robot child? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jun 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Vacuum Minion

Robot vacuum question: Neato or Roomba? Customer reviews seem to favor the Neato, but I can't tell whether the Neato is better or whether the company is better at astro-turfing. Guide me on my tiny robot vacuum choices! [more inside]
posted by edbles on May 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Robot Jesus of the future

Looking for a short story I read 2 or 3 years ago about a robot who worked in a church, and started reading scripture, and was eventually killed by the townspeople because of it. [more inside]
posted by Gargantuantoe on Apr 10, 2012 - 5 answers

A tin foil for humanity

Please recommend sci-fi featuring “noble” androids. [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on Apr 3, 2012 - 26 answers

Human Flight: from small working model in footage to life size model?

After seeing the Human Bird Wings video (doesn't matter if it's real or not), I thought about this TED Talk again. Are there any 3D programs/motion-capturing software that can map out that bird and its motion from the talk and convert a 3D model out of it? Then all you would have to do is scale it to human size and build it offline right?
posted by querty on Mar 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Please identify this hand puppet.

I saw this gif of this spooky puppet thing on tumblr with no identifying information, and I'm dying to know more. Anyone know what this is or where it's from?
posted by whitneyarner on Jan 29, 2012 - 3 answers

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Robot?

Was there actually an unaired TV pilot about a robotic Sherlock Holmes as seen here? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jan 8, 2012 - 7 answers

How to increase friction in metal ball+plates joints?

Chemists, Engineers, Tinkerers, and Adhesion experts of MeFi: Is there some sticky substance I can put in these metal ball+plates joints that will do the opposite of lubricating them -- increasing the friction between the surfaces? This is for a slightly nicer (chrome) version of this lamp that I just got (new in box) at a flea market. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 7, 2012 - 16 answers

A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.

I want to buy one or more robots for use in an office, and am looking for suggestions as to which robot(s) might work best. The purpose is purely for fun. [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR on Jan 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Fluid Robot

Help IDing a TV commercial involving a clear robot run by blue liquid [more inside]
posted by Capa on Dec 25, 2011 - 0 answers

Is this very expensive robotic pool cleaner worth it?

We have a pool and we need a pool cleaner. The pool shop has recommended this Pandora robotic cleaner. It costs a lot – A LOT – of money. And I can’t find any consumer reviews telling me if it’s worth the almost $2000 AUD. Does anyone have any experience with either this particular model, or the other models of robotic pool cleaners that are a step up from the Kreepy Krawly or Baracuda-style suction cleaners, but a step below a commercial pool cleaner? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Oct 26, 2011 - 1 answer

Robot stories.

I'm looking for stories (long or short) with self-aware robots or digital intelligences that are neither merciless killers of humanity/their makers nor effective slaves (created and forced to perform labor, either through laws or through programming). Ideally neither of those things would figure into their history, either. It'd be best if the constructed-people were the protagonists or main focus of the story, but this is not required.
posted by curious nu on Oct 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Name that robot industrial project

What was the name of the industrial/art/music robot installation-collective from the late '80s and early '90s? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames on Sep 26, 2011 - 4 answers

I need a good wifi-controlled robot.

I'd like to buy a little Internet-controlled robot I can use to monitor my cats during the day. [more inside]
posted by Terheyden on Sep 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Where can I find a talking robot?

We're unveiling a brand new computer lab in the school and someone came up with the bright idea of a talking robot video... [more inside]
posted by mordecai on Jul 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Who threatened to install DOS 1.0 to torture an android?

Where did I read a story that included someone threatening to install DOS 1.0 on a robot/android/uncooperative computer? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive on Jul 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Command-line Windows 7 (64-bit) robot voice

Seeking a command-line way to do text-to-speech in Windows 7 (64-bit), with a robot-sounding voice (something like the speech synthesizer in Wargames). I am able to do it with ptts.exe from Jampal, but the only voice I can use is Microsoft Anna. She is nice, but I want a voice that sounds like a robot. I am not interested in doing this in Linux at all. [more inside]
posted by marble on Apr 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Electronica/dubstep that sounds similar to classic burlesque

Looking for electronica/dubstep that sounds similar to classic burlesque. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Feb 16, 2011 - 6 answers

missing "Great Robot Race" memorable quote

a couple of years ago i watched this great documentary about DARPA grand challenge "the great robot race" . ( site , full video , transcript). and one quote stuck with me ever since. it goes something like this. [more inside]
posted by yosh on Oct 24, 2010 - 3 answers

What robot character is this?

What robot character is this? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Sep 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Robot Identification Filter

Robot identification help? [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Aug 12, 2010 - 26 answers

Construction gift for grown-ups?

Gift filter: your recommendation for construction toys for the older crowd? (think lego, mechano, etc.) [more inside]
posted by oracle bone on Jul 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Small, Cheap Plastic Gears?

What would be a good place to find small plastic gears for hobby projects? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jul 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Sounds like a FSM to me.

Looking for a flash game about a robot assembly line... [more inside]
posted by Precision on May 9, 2010 - 2 answers

Robot toys and fiction on the topic of robots / artificial intelligence and learning?

Robot toys and fiction on the topic of robots / artificial intelligence and learning? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Apr 27, 2010 - 15 answers

Name of show where a robot teaches science to British kids?

Looking for the name of a science program we watched in class in elementary school. It was about British kids taught basic science lessons by a robot. [more inside]
posted by distracts on Feb 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Curiosity seeks remorseless inexorable robot for long walks in countryside.

Identify an old sci-fi short story - unstoppable robot slowly hunting a man across wilderness? [more inside]
posted by Leud on Jan 3, 2010 - 9 answers

How to get robots to send texts?

Interactive art filter - how to get cute robots to send sms messages? [more inside]
posted by Chairboy on Nov 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Anyone remember this robot flick?

I'm trying to find the name of or clips from an animated film that I saw on HBO or Showtime in the mid-1980s. It was about a robot who was looking for its mother. Some of the other robots said "One! One! One!" a lot. And there was a dumb joke in the middle: "Did you hear the one about the fire in the circus? The heat was intense!" Can anyone help?
posted by chavenet on Nov 3, 2009 - 2 answers

Need help extracting links off of a webpage (RuneHQ to be exact). Need to put them in a database.

Need help extracting links off of a webpage (RuneHQ to be exact). Need to put them in a database. [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Aug 25, 2009 - 13 answers

What can I do with an old G4 Mac that involves robots and cameras?

What should I do with an old 450 MHz Sawtooth G4 Mac running OS X 10.2? Assume that it runs well as-is and that I have $100 to spend on accessories. Bonus points to answers involving robots (for which I don't have materials for) and/or digital cameras (for which I do).
posted by infinitewindow on Jul 27, 2009 - 3 answers

How to keep a pool clean?

My parents just put in a pool, and what with the rain washing dirt and worms in and the trees shedding, it takes hours and hours of skimming and vacuuming work a week. What's the best solution here? [more inside]
posted by jeather on Jul 16, 2009 - 16 answers

Is the Robot vs Aztec Mummy public domain?

What is the copyright status of the movie The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Jun 22, 2009 - 10 answers

Most recommended roomba, hopefully sub-$200

Most recommended roomba, hopefully sub-$200 [more inside]
posted by lrodman on Jun 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Help ID: Young adults book about kid who builds robots (out of spare parts, I think)

Help ID: Young adults book about kid who builds robots (out of spare parts, I think) [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on May 31, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me program my AI to win a competition!

Teach me how to program a robot for my upcoming programming competition! I'm looking for tips, tricks, and sources of inspiration to help write an awesome AI. [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 on May 3, 2009 - 7 answers

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