DIY Robochess Robot From Iran

Robochess is the name that Ebrahim Jahandar, an 18 year-old student in Iran, gives to his robot that plays against you on a chessboard. The robot senses the positions of the pieces using magnetic sensors on the bottom of the board; it has a movable hook to pick up the pieces and move them around on the board.

Take a look at the Robochess video below.


(Iranian Robochess by Ebrahim Jahandar)

The robot can verify your moves as well as its own; once the opponent has made a legal move, it uses its algorithm to determine an appropriate move. The selected piece is then moved to the new cell on the board.

The hardware for the chess-playing robot cost just $100.

This Robot Has Small And Simple Hardware. Main Core Of Deciding And Controlling Is A 8 Bit Atmega128 Microcontroller. This Robot Have 2 Board, Control Board And Power Board. Control Board Consist Of Microcontroller, LCD, Connectors. And Power Board Consist Of Power Section, Motor Controls And Relays . 64 Sensors Placed At Bottom Of Chess Board And Connected Together By Matrices. This Sensors Connected To Control Board With A 16 Lines Flat Cable. Also 64 Rectifier Diodes Used For Protecting Matrix From Inverse Voltages. One 8 Pin Connector And Some 2 Pin Connectors Used For Connecting Other Sensors To Control Board. One 12 Mhz Crystal Used As Oscillator For Microcontroller. We Used A Schmitt Trigger 7414 For Converting Very Low Voltage Came From Sensors To TTL Levels.

In Moving Mechanism We Used Three Rails, One For X Axis And Two Of Them For Y Axis. In This Mechanism We Doesn't Use Sprockets Or Halters, We Used String Based Mechanism. A String Fixed At Two Sides, String Twisted Around Plastic Shift. According To Newton 2nd Law Every Action Has A Reaction So When Motor Is Running And Send Its Power To Gearbox And Plastic Shift, Pressure On String Has Reaction Which Is Moving Rails.

We Need Small And Simple Lifter With Good Response For Picking Up Pieces. This Lifter Uses A 12v DC Motor Connected To Tall Screw And Vertebrate. In This Case When Motor Is Running And Screw Is Spinning, Pressure On Vertebrate Cause To Lifter Going Up And Down.

This Robot was awarded 2nd place in the Young Kharazmi Festival, an innovation festival in the Middle East.

Although there have been a variety of clockwork automata before the turn of the century, Ambrose Bierce was still ahead of the curve in predicting a chess playing robot in his 1910 short story Moxon's Master.

Two or three times after moving a piece the stranger slightly inclined his head, and each time I observed that Moxon shifted his king. All at once the thought came to me that the man was dumb. And then that he was a machine—an automaton chessplayer! Then I remembered that Moxon had once spoken to me of having invented such a piece of mechanism, though I did not understand that it had actually been constructed. Was all his talk about the consciousness and intelligence of machines merely a prelude to eventual exhibition of this device—only a trick to intensify the effect of its mechanical action upon me in my ignorance of its secret?
(Read more about the automaton chessplayer)

Robots that actually play physical chess with you are a separate breed from the chess programs you can buy for next to nothing; see REEM-A Chess-Playing Robot for a humanoid example.

Read more about Robochess the chess-playing robot, and Ebrahim Jahandar via Robots.net.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 5/5/2009)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 1 )

Related News Stories - (" Robotics ")

Out-Of-Work Blue Collar Robots Need Your Help
'His legs relaxed with a rattle as he cut off all power below his waist... and ran his eye down the Help Wanted - Robot column...' - Harry Harrison, 1956.

Massage Robot Has Soft Hands, Er, Pads
'The automatic massager began to fumble gently over my naked form.' - AE van Vogt, 1944

M-Blocks 2.0 Self-Assembling Robots
'Faster the cubes moved...' - Abraham Merritt, 1920.

Digit V2 Bipedal Robot From Agility Robotics
Oh, and now I suppose someone will develop the robotic porch pirate.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Cruise Autonomous Car Drives Aimlessly For An Hour
Convincing video shows progress (and limitations).

Fast Charging A Bus In 20 Seconds
'... in almost every town and village.'

Realistic Translation With The Waverly Labs Ambassador
'The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.'

Biotech Firms Raised $Millions For Anti-Agathics (Longevity Drugs)
'Against Death doth no simple grow.'

Out-Of-Work Blue Collar Robots Need Your Help
'His legs relaxed with a rattle as he cut off all power below his waist... and ran his eye down the Help Wanted - Robot column...'

The Dawn Of Orbiting Manufacturing In 2020?
'It can be mass-produced only in the orbiting factories.'

Smart Contact Lenses Charges With 3D Printed Antenna
'He realized that it was not quite a clear lens.'

Segway S-Pod Fulfills Dire 1928 SciFi Prophecy
'Noiselessly, on rubber-tired wheels, they journeyed down the long aisles...'

Physicist Inspired By SciFi And Seeing Back In Time
'Here is the chronoscope... Scansion depends upon a special curved field...'

Airbnb Has AI Psychiatrist Looking At Your Facebook
'It's illegal to hold back information during a psyche test.'

NASA's Electric Motor Scooter
'...all the [lunar] prospectors took bicycles along as a matter of course'

Moving Suns To Different Galactic Neighborhoods
'...to swerve their star from its course, the globemen made use of a simple physical principle.'

Students Surveilled By School Phone Apps
Cheer up, students. '...cracking my SchoolBook had been easy.'

Massage Robot Has Soft Hands, Er, Pads
'The automatic massager began to fumble gently over my naked form.'

Medical Tattoos Are STILL Being Researched
'Following the current craze, she has had a subdermal pattern of micro-channels implanted.'

Elon Musk's Traffic Tunnel Challenge Is Boring
'The car vibrated... threading the maze of local tubes.'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.