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Robot Development is not necessarily EXPENSIVE and DIFFICULT.
If you do not desire HIGHLY PRECISE ROBOT,
you can CHEAPLY and EASILY develop advanced robots.

This Robotic Education provides you such a concept
with some robot demonstrations.
Simple Robot Development Method
You can build a robot by connecting PET bottles and RC Servomotors with hot glue.
Please check the following video.

How to build a joint structure of a robot (video)


The following sections show "PET-bottle robots" and "Cybernetic Robots " demonstrations.
Demonstration: PET-Bottle Robots
(Please click the following pictures. They are linked to their videos)

Arm Robot

(Cost: approx. $100)

Step Climber

(Cost: approx. $100)

Quadruped with 1 motor

(Cost: approx. $50)
Demonstration: Cybernetic Robots
(Please click the following pictures. They are linked to their videos)
In this robotic education, you will build from a EMG snesor to EMG prosthetics.
The following demonstrations are made by hand.

Electromyographic (EMG) Sensor (Cost: approx. $15)

Signal Processing Circuit
for EMG sensor
(Cost: approx. $10)

EMG to Motor Controller

(Cost: approx. $80)

Simple EMG Prosthetic Hand
(Cost:approx. $80)

Rock-Paper-Scissors
EMG prosthetic hand

(Cost: approx. $150)

EMG Glasses

(Cost: approx. $80)
Demonstration: 3D Physics Simulation "ODE"
(Please click the following pictures. They are linked to their videos)

It is possible to implement 3D physics simulation at free cost
if you use "Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition" and "Open Dynamics Engine."

If you would like to know how to, please come to my website
<http://www.koj-m.sakura.ne.jp/ode/>.

* However, it is written only in Japanese at the moment.
When someone requests me the English version, I will translate from JP to EN.

Zero Moment Ppoint Controlled Walker

Central Pattern Generator Controlled Walker

Powered Passive Dynamic Walker
History: Activity

[Let's design robot Locomotors based on Embodied AI]
TEXT(in Japanese)@/@Student-Designed Robots (Video)

[Let's control robots with your muscles]
TEXT(in Japanese)@/@Student-Desinged Robots (Video)
History: Invited Talks

Kojiro Matsushita, gCreative Robotics Educationh, Career Education Project organized
by Shizuoka-ken Lifelong Learning Promotion Foundation, at Shizuoka Prefectural
Numazu Technical High School, Shizuoka-ken, Japan, December, 2007.

Kojiro Matsushita, gCreative Robotics Education using Plastic Bottlesh, Open Seminar
for Young Researchers Network on Robotics in the 25th Annual Conference of the
Robotics Society of Japan, Chiba, Japan, September, 2007.
Media

Science Eye New Book: gRobotic Development Kit, which enables to operate a robot
with your electromyographic signal!h, in How Can Machine Substitute for Human?
[ISBN978-4-7973-4455-4] (December 2007) [written in Japanese]

Shizuoka Prefectural Newspaper: gCreative Robotics Education: Plastic Bottle
Based Robotsh (December 2007) [written in Japanese]

Internet News Site Robot watch: gRobotic Researchers Explains from Plastic Bottle
Based Robots to Paramecium Robots
at Open Seminar for Young Researchers
Network on Robotics in the 25th Annual Conference of the Robotics Society of Japan
(September 2007) [written in Japanese]

Kojiro Matsushita and Hiroshi Yokoi (collective writing), Let's build own robots
with plastic bottles and microchip H8Tiny, CQ Publisher, ISBN 4-7898-4160-X,
2006. [written in Japanese]
Contact

This robotic education aims at encouraging students (junior school and junior high school)
to have more interest to science and techonology.
If you are interested in this activity, please contact me by email.
*** I will be at MIT in the U.S. from April 2008 to March 2009. ***