Let's Make Robots!

balloon

Robots in OUTERSPAAAAAACCCCCCCCEEEEEEE

10 pts to whoever gets the title reference.

I was perusing all the amateur DIY near-space balloon flights that have been gaining popularity lately, and a thought hit me.

Would it be possible to have a two stage flight; first stage would be the balloon and payload reaching a certain altitude. The second stage, when this specific altitude is reached, a ROCKET is fired from within the payload, taking it further into space (hopefully reaching escape velocity.

coffe balloon gripper

this is just a really cool way of makking a gripper. i belive it pushes the balloon around the object the puts preasure on the coffe so it jams around it. i think sort of

Creative and Versatile Means of Robot Gripper

BotJunkie.com posted this article of a robotic gripper constructed out of a balloon filled with coffee grounds. It is activated by sucking air in and out of the balloon. It seems to work very well.

 http://www.botjunkie.com/2010/10/26/balloon-plus-coffee-grounds-equals-versatile-robot-gripper/