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We have all see the videos of the intriguing yet somewhat frightening performance of Boston Dynamics’ humanoid “Atlas” robot running and jumping on top of boxes in dimly lit warehouses, but researchers at the University of Virginia School of Engineering in collaboration with researchers from Harvard University have developed the first robotic tuna fish that is more lifelike than anything before it. In a recently published, peer-reviewed, paper, the team which was led by Hilary ...
I seen this posted by VMWare on LinkedIn of all places and it is a beautiful example of mixing Art, AI and Robots and Human-Robot Collaboration to create an amazing Art display.  The interview with Artist and Researcher Sougwen Chung is part of VMWare's Radius - Stories at the Edge series which covers a wide range of topics.  Here they ask Sougwen 20 questions to get her input on how humans and robots can collaborate to create great works of art.   It's very inspiring.   h ...
Traditionally if you wanted a robot to be able to move about in a controlled manner, you would build a drivetrain of some sort that comprised of very specific parts that were designed to do a very specific task. As robots continue to get smaller and smaller every year, engineers are constantly having to devise new methods to give these small robots precise and stable motion. A group of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Northwestern University has come up with what could be ...
Small robots are beginning to play major roles in medicine, and there is clear evidence that nano-robots will play an even larger role, but researchers are still working out how to fabricate and automate those tiny robots. Recently, engineers from MIT have developed a new 3D printing method that is able to create tiny robot-like structures that are easily manipulated with magnetic fields. This is possible thanks to a special ink that is infused with microscopic magnetic particles. As the ink is ...
Cockroaches are one of the most polarizing insects on earth. On one hand, many people consider them to be disgusting, disease-carrying bugs that crawl in the shadows and feast on garbage, but others view them as nature's great survival experts that can even survive deadly nuclear radiation. However, a group of researchers at the University of California - Berkeley, have used cockroaches as their inspiration for a new type of micro-robot that could revolutionize the way we search for survivors af ...
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 ...

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