GameBoy-based Controller for Lego Robotics

Charmed Labs manufactures an interesting Gameboy-based system that transforms a Gameboy into an embedded controller that can be used, among other things, to make Lego-based robotic systems. This product page for the Xport Robot Controller includes a number of demonstration videos in WMV format that are pretty interesting. Cost is $140 to $200 depending on the just how much you want in the devkit — Gameboy or Gameboy Advance not included.

ROM, The Space Knight

Lee Seitz has an authoritative site on Rom, The Space Knight, a Parker Brothers robot action figure that was pretty cool even though it flopped. I had a couple of these when I was a kid. Looks like go for about $200 if you can find them MIB on EBay.

It wasn’t that cool of a toy.

There was also a tie-in with a Rom comic from Marvel which ran for 75 issues. Hey, maybe someone should ask Michael Brian Bendis if he’s interested in doing an Ultimate Rom!

Robots Gone Wild

Recently I downloaded and installed the latest version of log file analysis tool Analog. One of the more fascinating things I happened to notice was just how much of my traffic was from known robots — about 20 percent of the 600,000 monthly page views I serve up are read by robots of one form or another.

Or to put it another way, that’s about 2 gigabytes of bandwidth each month just to keep feeding the robots.