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Play-i Bo and Yana toy robots (via Play-i)   Gone are the days when children played with simple toys to learn new skills. These have since been replaced by mobile devices (children’s tablets) and electronic handheld games. But while the future will indeed see an influx in coding jobs, trying to get a young child interested in the subject can be daunting to say the least. Sure, more schools are adopting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related classes to teach kids ho ...
SenseFly’s eBee drone, mapping surfaces? The future... (via SenseFly)   Drones have proven themselves highly proficient when it comes to combat operations and surveillance platforms over the last few decades, but they have since proven themselves in other fields featuring less death. Fleets of drones (four or more) have been put to use in S&R (search and rescue) operations with very surprising results (University of Lancaster’s AeroSee program) and now a new fleet has been ...
Willow Garage is a company known mostly for its robotic hardware and open source software. Their most famous project has been the PR2 Robot. Although this was a highly advanced robot, the price and size of the bot was a little too much for most companies or manufacturers to invest in. Now a group of former employees for Willow Garage have come together to create a company of their own. It is called Unbounded Robotics and they have just announced their new robot, the UBR-1.   This will not ...
M-Block robot. Angular momentum move it around... genius! See the blocks jump into place, you will agree. (via MIT)   It began in 2011 when MIT senior John Romanishin presented his idea for self-assembling robots. “It can't be done,” is the response he received countless times from colleagues and professors. Now, two years later, he has working prototypes and is preparing to present his small cube shaped robots at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Syst ...
  You would think a large insect-shaped robot would be a little creepy for children and parents. However, the insect inspired robot, Dash, is actually the complete opposite. It’s small, fun, fast, cute, and cheap. Built by a team of PhD engineers from UC Berkeley their work was previously funded by the National Science Foundation. They worked on building robots based on biological inspired mechanics. For example, they studied how insects run, glide, and use their tails to steer. Addi ...

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