Rock’Em Sock ‘Em Robots done wirelessly

by Mark R

I am sure that you don’t really need an introduction to the game that these people are playing.

I’m sure all of us have played Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots at some point in our lives. I’m also sure that you have noticed that the people playing this game are not using their hands.

That is because Zachery Shivers and Anne Flichbaugh have made Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots motion controlled. There is a video here if you want to see how they did it. Be warned, there is a lot of technical jargon that the layman may not understand.

All you need to know is that the wrists can detect punching motion and other movement, and it transmits to the figures so one player can knock the other player’s block off. The rest is a lot of specifics that make it look like you could build a motion controlled version of this game for yourself.

Just to let you know, this is not something that a toy maker is working on at this present time. This is a part of a Texas Instruments’ Co-op Design Challenge. So do we have a winner? Well, if you like to watch different people say “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots”, then at least this video is a hit.

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NewUser Says: August 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

“Just to let you know, this is not something that a toy maker is working on at this present time.”

Yes.. only because it has been made before.

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