Durham 2500

Behold The Majesty Of The Durham 2500 Robot

A long time time ago, my dad taught banjo lessons to a British lady named Kay. She was an elderly lady who had a zest for new challenges. She was in her seventies when she was learning the instrument and she was incredibly nice. “Camptown Races” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” were in her repertoire and for a beginner, she caught on pretty well.

Kay was like an honorary grandmother to us. She was always at our family parties, at our house on the river, which were pretty raucous affairs. I think she was at my first communion party. They usually started with boating and ended with music led by my dad and joined by his brothers and Kay would join in on the banjo! Kay attended my birthday party at McDonald’s and she brought me a Durham 2500 Robot. He shuffle walks while swinging his arms, and his small cyclops eye flickers as does his large chest light.
Durham 2500

There’s three variations of this guy; all gray, all silver/chrome, and a combination of blue arms and legs, with red feet and head. That’s the one I have. There’s another variation with a Transformer like head on the robot body. This is referred to as Robot UFO.
Durham 2500

The robot has served as both hero and villain in the adventures with my action figures and such. Heck, he even drove our cats crazy! Blinking and whirring is better than catnip!

The Durham 2500 is a very well liked robot (in all of his versions) in the collecting community. Some prefer the all silver or gray versions and some prefer the red and blue guy. I dig the one I have. My robot has seen some better days. A couple of decades ago, a rubber snake I had, melted on him and a few other things, while being stored in our garage loft. His electronics no longer work, and his back panel is missing, but I have a strategy to fix that. If only I could teach him banjo.

The Robot Birthday

I love retro robots and I love old books, so when I ran across this one at a local thrift store I picked it up.

I haven’t read it yet but I’ve got to think it’s depressing.

“You were created from parts we dug out of the trash. Your processor was outdated before the day we turned you on, rain will cause you to rust, and you have no soul.”

“Happy birthday, Robot!”

The Pastel Robot

At first, this little guy confused me. Who paints a deadly robot pink, purple and blue and then attaches laser guns to his chest? But the more I thought about, the more I began to appreciate the genius of its design. Who wouldn’t trust this pile of parts painted in pleasing pastels? And just as he gains your trust, it’s lights out in laser city.

In other news, I guess I am now officially collecting toy robots.

Lego Robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube

lego-rubik-robot

Three things I like, Robots, Rubik’s Cubes and Legos. So I was overjoyed when I saw this movie by modusbeke of his Rubik’s Cube solving Lego robot. According to modusbeke:

  • The robot is controlled by a PIC18 microcontroller
  • It’s not connected to the computer and there were no NXT pieces used, everything is controlled by one single microcontroller
  • It’s using an optimized ‘pogobat’ method, and finds the solution in 83 steps, averagely (max 124 steps)
  • Custom made color detector circuit, using fuzzy logic
  • 4 DC engines controlled with H-bridges and PWM signal
  • 97×67 pixel color graphic display

You have to see it to appreciate it.

Fan of the Rubik’s Cube? Why not check out the original Retroist Rubik’s Cube podcast…