Yellow Drum Machine Robot! The cuteness, it burns!

Notice how the robot first plays on the object it finds (or is forced to find by the angry cameraman), plays a small beat, and records the beat it plays on it. Then this recorded beat is played again, and it starts to play on the object (an belt tracks and everything else it has),and also playing this sampled beat :)

What it does? Basically:

  • 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

The navigation is complicated because it is not just a matter of navigating around obstacles - that was the easy part. Second the robot has to find good places to drum; A single, isolated object, or a flat wall. Then the robot has to place itself on a good angle to the wall, or straight infront of the object.. All with only L/R/F with the head ;) But it does it quite well now! I am usually amazed of what it finds to play on, when I just let it drive around.

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19 Responses:

  1. buz says:

    Horribly cute (but never the less "mutant") result of a lonely drunken night between

    http://those.close.to.here.ru/achtung/new/z6.jpg and http://www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/~hpm/talks/Extras/roomba.JPG

  2. solarbird says:

    Cutest. Robot. Evar. I want one too. ^_^

  3. rapier1 says:

    Great... now robots are going to force EN out of their jobs!

  4. ladykalessia says:

    This robot could replace a number of humans I know.

    And it'd be cuter, too.

  5. You NEED that.

  6. artkiver says:


  7. darknote says:

    that's absolutely amazing. i wish i had the know how to build one.

  8. tokkan says:

    An added benefit is that this drummer won't sleep with your sister!

    *The drum machine robot then taps out "THAT'S WHAT YOU THINK." in Morse Code.*

  9. baconmonkey says:

    and in a few larger generations, they will roll around, find an ideal Puny Human, and do the same.

  10. genericvox says:

    ♫We all live in a yellow drum machine...♪

  11. 5tephe says:

    Right now, 'fritzl' (the maker of YDMR) is standing on top of Geek Mountain, waving a flag around their head and shouting "I win!"

    And they are right.

  12. joppas says:

    This is awesome, totally aawesome. I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

  13. luserspaz says:

    I love that it performs its own multi-track recording! It needs more recording space, so you could put it in an area with a wide variety of objects, and it could produce a complex beat in phases.