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Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato!  :-DD  :popcorn:

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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2018, 06:38:45 am »
Ha ha, isn't that how it always turns out?

Now, for the ultra low power AI. Potato consciousness. I for one welcome our potato overlords.
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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2018, 03:04:39 pm »
All your potato are belong to us.
"Heaven has been described as the place that once you get there all the dogs you ever loved run up to greet you."
 
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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2018, 03:57:53 pm »
Don't let Amazon see this... self-delivering produce.  :palm:
 
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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2018, 05:38:56 pm »
Ok, this is awesome.
 

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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2018, 05:45:52 pm »
Now, for the ultra low power AI. Potato consciousness. I for one welcome our potato overlords.

You mean glados?
 

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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2018, 05:52:30 pm »
I liked it.
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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2018, 06:15:11 pm »
Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato!  :-DD  :popcorn:


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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2018, 09:25:47 pm »
Taking half-baked ideas to the next level... ;D
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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2018, 09:36:20 pm »
Actually, a pre-fab rig with electrode plate at the bottom fastened in, where you just push your own potato on top of.  Far better efficiency motor/wheel layout, maybe geared down to 1/2 the current speed, and you have a toy you could sell.

Hey, the toy potato powered clocks sell.  You just need enough contacts/surface area in the potato to get some more current out o the darn thing to shorten that 15 minute interval to 1-2 minutes, and you might have a viable, yet useless toy.
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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2018, 10:23:21 pm »
... and you might have a viable, yet useless toy.

Beats a Pet Rock.
 
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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2018, 11:07:27 pm »
If you are careful and plant the spent potato, you can grow more potatoes. :-+

It is like

Free energy! :-DD :palm:
 
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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2018, 12:46:34 am »
you might have a viable, yet useless toy.

That's my video! And I (almost) considered actually doing that :D! I work in product design, and when the owner of our partner factory in Shenzhen saw my video, he got super excited and tried to convince me that his needs to be mass produced :D (He is a really fun guy, retired engineer now "business person", designs toy drones when bored). The main blocker here is the costs of the parts. I think it really needs to be that exact energy harvester and that exact cap, because of how shit the potato is as a power source. Anything else and the leakage becomes too significant. I've spent a few weekends getting this darn thing to work. Those motors run at ~20mA, and have ball bearings, so little can be optimised there. All these parts are expensive, from big brands, they add up, and it would turn out to be a pretty expensive useless toy.

On top of that, I'm guessing the observant people here might have noticed that the whole "free will, choosing where it wants to go" part is faked with an RC receiver and LiPo cell. Of course, some random movement can be implemented on a fancy ultra-low power micro, but that's more cost and development time. But then again, maybe worth a shot. I wouldn't buy this for ~$35, but maybe somebody would? Would sure love to see this making kids happy and engineer-y :D
 
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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2018, 01:06:34 am »
That's my video!

Thanks for the video  :-+

Maybe this can get a new heading (topic, subject ?) called "Humor"

What do others think?  Would an electronics "Electronics Humor" be of interest ?

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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2018, 02:47:55 am »
"Electronics Humour" isn't a bad idea ... but I would caution about people offering the "dark" kind.  I would not want to encourage deliberate and dangerous pranks in the name of humour.  Electroboom covers this more than well enough in my book.

I know it happens - but I do not want to be any part of encouraging or advertising it.
 

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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2018, 06:51:28 am »
you might have a viable, yet useless toy.

That's my video! And I (almost) considered actually doing that :D! I work in product design, and when the owner of our partner factory in Shenzhen saw my video, he got super excited and tried to convince me that his needs to be mass produced :D (He is a really fun guy, retired engineer now "business person", designs toy drones when bored). The main blocker here is the costs of the parts. I think it really needs to be that exact energy harvester and that exact cap, because of how shit the potato is as a power source. Anything else and the leakage becomes too significant. I've spent a few weekends getting this darn thing to work. Those motors run at ~20mA, and have ball bearings, so little can be optimised there. All these parts are expensive, from big brands, they add up, and it would turn out to be a pretty expensive useless toy.

On top of that, I'm guessing the observant people here might have noticed that the whole "free will, choosing where it wants to go" part is faked with an RC receiver and LiPo cell. Of course, some random movement can be implemented on a fancy ultra-low power micro, but that's more cost and development time. But then again, maybe worth a shot. I wouldn't buy this for ~$35, but maybe somebody would? Would sure love to see this making kids happy and engineer-y :D

don't forget that people in america had pet rocks..
if you make a kit, it'd buy one :D 20-25 tops.
 

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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2018, 07:33:17 am »
Where will it end ?? Already had visions of Self-driving watermelons, cucumbers, pineapples .... what have you created ??
Hello <tap> <tap> .. is this thing on?
 

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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2018, 08:07:27 am »
Fresh food delivery - from the farm to the table!
 

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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2018, 08:15:23 am »
Fresh food delivery - from the farm to the table!

With added zinc ion for your health. I am a good salesman.
 

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Re: Need a laugh, see the self driving/powered potato! (This is serious.)
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2018, 10:21:49 pm »
Taking half-baked ideas to the next level... ;D

Ok, I laughed.  ;D
 


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