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Yellow Drum Machine

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Let’s Make Robots! has posted some videos of a cool robot called the Yellow Drum Machine, a Picaxe driven robot that moves around looking for objects to beat on. Whatever is beats on gets recorded and is played again.

Yellow Drum Machine
The little Yellow Drum Machine beating away

Developer fritsl writes:

I was sitting thinking what I should do for my next robot, what it should do.. Listening to music.. making a rythm with some robot-parts.. Thought; “Hey, I will make a robot that drives around and plays on stuff”

The Yellow Drum Machine will

  • Navigate around, collect some data, avoid obstacles, until it
  • Finds something “worth playing on” (a single isolated object or a wide flat surface that it can find an angle onto)
  • Snakes into place
  • Plays some beats on what it have found, and samples this, checking it has a “good sound”
  • Based on data collected in the area, and sample just made, then compose a little rhythm, and plays this along with the sample.

Watch the videos on the Yellow Drum Machine page to get a better idea of what this all looks like.

Link via Make:Blog

  • Sylvie

    This little robot is soooo cute.
    Someone is selling him on eBay right now for $200 bucks!

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