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Ozobot will release the new Ozobot Evo in a couple weeks. This tiny robot works out of the bot and makes learning code a gamified and social experience. Photo Caption: The latest Ozobot Evo using sensors to move around pictures placed underneath it. (via Ozobot)   I have seen so many robots, kits, and gadgets pointed towards children and novices alike promising to make coding fun and easy. I’ll try to guess how fun and effective the latest Ozobot Evo may become, but I must say that i ...
After a spinal injury that left him paralyzed, Mike McClellan is competing in the October 2016 Cybathlon as a new athlete-one whose movements are powered by prosthetic electrodes. With Functional Electrical Stimulation therapy, Michael McClellan is back in the saddle as a competitive athlete after a spinal injury left him paralyzed Image Credit: © Advanced Platform Technology Center   In 2009, McClellan broke his T11 vertebra during a bike race, damaging spinal nerves and leaving hi ...
  Ever since Zac Vawter climbed 103 floors in Chicago’s Willis Tower wearing a bionic leg, research into computerized limbs has spread. Because amputated legs are the most common missing limb, and because legs are so crucial to your movement and balance, most research and development has focused on bionic legs.   The team working on Mr. Vawter’s leg was a collaboration of specialists from several universities, who spent years developing and fine-tuning the device to res ...
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NRL Battle Bot

Posted by pcornacchio Sep 15, 2016
Currently i am working on a Battle Bot through my high school engineering program. The bot is designed to compete in the local NRL competition in Arizona. being that it is a high school bot it has some limitations. Under 15 lbs No fire No explosives No Hydraulics  So basically you are stuck with brushed drive motors and a brush-less weapon motor, if you have one. my teams design is a wedge shaped bot lasercut out of 1/8 inch aluminium and welded by a sponsor. (wish we could do tha ...
Hitachi’s EMIEW3 robot is designed to assist people in stores and public places and is fluent in several languages. (via Hitachi)   Like it or not, robots are becoming an integral part of society and the workforce. They are already employed as teachers in some schools, work as care-givers and are manufacturers working alongside humans. So why not utilize them for public assistants of sorts, after all, they can be programmed with a wealth of knowledge to handle almost any task. To see ...
Ninebot follows you around ready to help out (via Segway)   Segway's haven't been the most popular form of transportation over the years. What was once supposed to be the new vehicle for the future, is now a laughable trend of the past. But Segway is looking ahead and hopes to turn heads with its latest venture: a Segway robot. The robot, which is currently dubbed Ninebot Segway, looks like a simple robotic head attached to a “hover board.” Not only is the bot meant to be a min ...
Cabe Atwell

Gooey Gas Robots!

Posted by Cabe Atwell Sep 6, 2016
Logic gates inflated with fluorescent dye demonstrate the circuits in the soft robot. (via Harvard at Nature)   Just when you thought that the world would only produce hard, frigid, pre-programmed robots-well, here comes a curveball! Soft, squishy robots that propel themselves using the movement of gases produced internally are in the works.   If you were wondering why people care about soft robots, well, a main reason is medical devices. If an eye could be replaced by a small robo ...

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