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I was at a recent local Robotics Event and someone there said she had seen the TI-RSLK that I had on display at last years Mini Maker Faire in Rocklin, CA and it apparently inspired her to purchase one to teach the kids she works with for STEM education.  She also mentioned that a local college, UC Davis, is using the TI-RSLK in their Robotics program.  After some searching for this, I found there is a STEM program sponsored by UC Davis geared towards under privileged kids that uses th ...
So, apparently the RoboGames Competition for 2019 which is usually held in the Bay Area in California was cancelled. https://www.reddit.com/r/battlebots/comments/9ogf6k/robogames_2019_canceled_confirmed_on_combat/   All is not lost though, the folks at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA, SacRobotics Club and Sierra College Robotics Club have put together a series of Robot Competitions to be held at Sierra College on May 4th, 2019. https:/
orcalroboticsexpo.org/   What:  Robotics C ...
The National Robotics Week for 2019 will be held from April 6th to the 14th with events across all 50 States of the US. https://www.nationalroboticsweek.org/   From the Site; The Purpose of National Robotics Week Celebrate the U.S. as a leader in robotics technology development Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development Inspire students of all ages to pursue ...
rancell

Marty the pacing robot

Posted by rancell Jan 31, 2019
I had worked out how to control my Marty with Scratch. But you quickly run out of dance routines to make it do. For more interesting programs, you need some input.   When you assemble your Marty it doesn't have any sensors connected to it. But the box does have two limit switches in it, and no instructions on what to do with them. I was trying to work out what to do to them (Attach them to the hands? Use them to detect when the case is open?) until I decided they would be useful to detect ...
In a previous post I showed how to assemble the Marty robot. At the end of that you could control Marty using your phone, but now I wanted to do something more creative.   An easy way to program is using Scratch, which is a block based programming language. It is a popular tool for children to learn to program.   Sadly you can't use the standard Scratch website as it doesn't have the module to control Marty. But the company behind Marty does provide a version of Scratch that you can ...
rancell

Assembling Marty

Posted by rancell Dec 28, 2018
The other month I received a "Marty the Robot" kit in the mail from Element 14 for me to write some projects for (provided at no charge). I've done some previous posts here about using the micro:bit in education and am interested in seeing how this product would fit into that.     There's lots of parts in the box but the most interesting one I thought was the screwdriver! Which is great because you don't have to hunt around for exactly the right size and shape tool to use. This is a ...
jomoenginer

ROS Film Festival

Posted by jomoenginer Dec 22, 2018
There has been a long history of Animations and Robots in movies but to see movies made specifically featuring Robots is quite interesting. On top of that, there is even a Film Festival for such films which I was not aware of.   http://rosfilmfestival.com/en/   This particular one, NESL (short film) a winner from 2017, is very nice with only a music background track.   ...
This is a very cool story of how a young person with a dream created an awesome Robot which takes a bit of AR game play and Robotics to create a fun interactive experience that now has the attention of both Amazon and Apple.  Silas Adekunle, who was born in Nigera, took his interest in science and technology from a young age to learn about Robotics and now sits as the CEO of his own Robotics company at Reach Robotics in the UK.   Reach Robotics has created Spider bot called MekaMo ...
  Project details: https://www.hackster.io/8bitsandabyte/bert-the-walking-monster-robot-6234ad ...
I had just found this out but Gordon McComb who has authored numerous books on building hobby robots passed away from a heart attack on September 10th.   I still have that original Robot Builder's Bonanza boot along with others I have collected over the years.  His books and writings provided great projects and techniques that an individual hobbyist could use to build home made robots.  He'll surely be missed.   https://makezine.com/2018/09/14/gordon-mccomb-father-of-ho ...
For those who enjoy getting updates regarding the Mars Rover Curiosity, now you can build you own and NASA and JPL have released the code to help you.  Under the "Open Source Rover (OSR)", NASA and JPL is giving back to the community by open sourcing the design data and software used with the Curiosity rover.  This is posted on GitHub under the open-source-rover title.   Man, I know what I'll be working on next. https://opensourcerover.jpl.nasa.gov/#!/signup   https://www. ...
brains93

BB-8 style Battle Bot

Posted by brains93 Jul 9, 2018
Myself and a few friends have wanted to make a robot for robot wars since the original series back in the 90s. since the reboot of the series and the abundance of cheap easy to use parts and electronics it could actually happen! with your help of course because like all things if you are going to build it, you might as well make it look good and do something different. Even with the subsequent axing of Robot Wars again, we have not been deterred we will make the robot so that it falls under FRA ...
Look! Up in the sky! It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, it's Stuntronics? The cool folks at Disney Imagineering have come up with a Robotic Stunt Double to perform in their parks.  This was created based on their Stickman technology which no other than  Grant Imahara is part of;  well he is listed in the Stickman: Towards a Human Scale Acrobatic Robot abstract.  This is just too cool.   Disney Sickman Abstract https://www.disneyresearch.com/publication/stickman/   ...
Drones have been around for decades. The first ones were rather primitive, in the World War I and II era. I never thought much about drones until recently. They always seemed like rather harmless devices. But with the advent of what I call "consumer" drones, just about anyone can build, launch, and operate one.   My concern about drones has been an on-air collision with a commercial airliner that I am a passenger in. While I realize I am a mere mortal human being, I'd prefer to postpone m ...
I recently bought a parrot minidrone and was playing around with it. I was not able to do anything fancy other than moving it from one side to another. At this time, I came across this blog and realized that programming a drone could mean that you can get some really complicated maneuvers to work. The blog link above provides a step-by-step instructions on how to install the necessary support for programming your parrot minidrone.   Drones are hard to program, but one can understand how th ...

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