Having just read this, something just sprung up from my mind and I want to share a quick story with you about something I saw while on holiday not long ago. You will probably know what piracy means and I had the opportunity to visit some of the ‘pirated markets’ in Asia once while on holiday. There I remember seeing people using their PCs (which were equipped with multiple cd/dvd burners) and simultaneously burning and obvious creating multiple copies of whatever it is they were burning and selling (seemed like film dvds as well as Microsoft softwares and Windows!) them as soon as they were complete, and as you will have guessed, they were dead cheap!

Having sad that this robot designed by Aaron Shephard, has been created for the purpose of doing system backups, you have to realise though, it wouldn’t take very long for the guys I’ve see to do a minor tweak and turn this robot into an automatic, money making, piracy machine! However I can imagine how handy and useful it would be to have this robot at home or in an office, etc…

You might wonder how this works, so here’s the technical bit…

EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX motherboard and scavenged parts. A Perl script interacts with stepper motors, LEDs, and sensors through the parallel port on the motherboard. The robot inserts DVDs for burning, flips them for labeling, and stacks completed discs in a pile. Coasters are rejected to a ‘penalty box’ for easy disposal.

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One Response to Check out the latest DVD burning robot, called Florian…

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    Chris at LG says:

    The coaster reject option is a nice idea – a well-considered bit of design that many may have missed. As for piracy – it is the same with any technology – it can be used for good or bad. Would love to see a video of it in action.

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