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  Not all drones are scary. Parrot, the French company specializing in wireless devices for mobile phones, has once again made its way into the ever-expanding drone market. The AR Drone 2.0, introduced at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, is designed for those interested in high-altitude video capture with app-assisted controls all stemming from the palm of your hand. Now you can fulfill your dreams of owning a drone and being a spy all-in-one.     The most recent iteration ...
Mini-RoboMach concept in a "hybrid configuratin," with "free-hex" and "snake-arm." (via Mechatronics)   The automation of machining tools ranges in application from something as simple as remotely drilling a hole to a more complex task of assembling machinery equipment. With the development of autonomous robots, the unification of these two technologies is a favorable move. People are often put into harm’s way when hazardous environments such as nuclear power plants go under maintena ...
BattroBorg 20 set of two and the arena, individual bot on the right. (via TOMY co)   Japanese manufacturer, TOMY Company, Ltd. is set to bring their little BattroBorg 20 robots to United States for sale. Although the robots are very small, they can provide hours of fun for children and adults. They look similar to Rock'em Sock'em Robots, except these are controlled through wireless controllers. The bots themselves are small coming in at 9cm in height and weighing only 54 grams. The object ...
If you need to make a robot perform a certain task, all you have to do is look to the natural world. Most likely, it has already made something similar, then your task is only to replicate. That’s the name of the game for students working at UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab. Nick Kohut and some colleagues from this lab have developed a robot they hope will be able to move around in many terrains and have an increased ability for turning so they can be sent into tight places ...
“Humans learn from experience: when we try something and fail, we try doing it a different way the next time around. And we are incredibly efficient at this process.” Making mistakes can be an essential step in becoming aware of our progress. They allow us to become aware of our actions and in turn, learn from them, and adjust accordingly. Self-awareness of personal experience is a key to improvement; this insight, combined with an understanding of how we learn, can be greatly benefi ...
(via University of Washington)   As our self-sufficient robot building capabilities continue to develop, research seems to take a turn inward in the design of autonomous devices that attempt to mimic the human ways of doing things. Take, for instance, the quadrocopter that learns from its mistakes and iteratively changes its path every subsequent flight to improve its trajectory, speed, and time. In the case of these flying drones, why not look at a species that actually has their own set ...
R2D2 powered by a Raspberry Pi (via Greensheller)   There are Star Wars fans and then there are exceptional Star Wars fans that can use their talents to bring things from a ‘galaxy far, far away’ closer to home. One such fan based in China (known as ‘greensheller’) decided to build an R2 unit for his girlfriend as a birthday gift out of a broken interactive toy and some inexpensive parts he found online. The end-result turned out to be (considered by some) an incredi ...
Grace, Gliding Robot ACE, to travel waterways and keep tabs of the quality of life's blood (via MSU)   Water makes up 71% of our earthly home and is essential for all forms of life on this planet. Thus, monitoring the quality of water is a significant and developing pursuit for oceanographers as they look to maintain healthy water composition for the benefit of us all. Recently, a team of Michigan State University researchers developed a water-friendly robot that aims to help analyze the c ...
Front page of Fab.com. Deceptively simple, giving anyone a shot to be next to the big players. (via fab.com obviously)   Now for a different side of industry...     The dot com boom of the 90s made people realize the difficulty that any website would have staying in business online. Those that have done it successfully are still growing. The harshness of the online environment eventually gives way to gems that stand out from the rest.     Online retail may seem like a ...
Twitter Roach. Uses an Arduino powered backpack, the roach can be controlled by sending tweets (via Brittany Ransom)   Looking for an interesting and questionable techy science project to do for fun, or a morbid curiosity for animal experimentation? Well, look no further. Brittany Ransom has taken the RoboRoach concept a step further by making some slight modifications and adding a thought-provoking artistic twist to it. Ransom, an artist, educator, and researcher residing in Dallas, TX, c ...
Avatar Home & Office base model (via Robotex)   Do you ever feel like having an extra set of eyes in your home to protect what you care about while you’re away? Perhaps you’re an avid crime fighting enthusiast who enjoys home security measures? Well, maybe you’re just into robots. Whatever the case, this new robotics tech is about to hit the market. Robotex, a start-up company from Palo Alto, CA has been designing and manufacturing robots for use in many dangerous and ...
Spacebot concept. Showing the stages of the so called "Hedgehog" probes in action. (via Stanford)   A manned exploration to Mars is the next logical step in continuing to expand our knowledge and understanding of the cosmos and its relation to human life on Earth (also continued human dominance). Several obstacles lay in our path before such a mission can be accomplished, including the prohibitively expensive cost of fuel needed to overcome the gravitational pull of Mars. Exploring the Mart ...
Attacknid fighting robot. Low impact and low budget battling robot for the broke-competetive type. (via CombatCreatures)   CES is all about showing off new technology and what could fit that bill better than robots? In this case it’s Combat Creature’s ‘Attacknids’ battle-bots, which were seen parading through the exhibition hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Attacknid toy robot is the brainchild of toy-maker Jaimie Mantzel who started the robot’s dev ...

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