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These new artificial muscles not only prove to be strong, but are also easy to make and cost effective. Though it looks like a snake made in origami, it’s actually a new soft robot (Photo from MIT CSAIL)   Because soft robotics are flexible, it allows these machines to move in ways similar to living organisms. The only problem is the more flexibility these bots have, the more their strength is reduced. This may no longer be an issue thanks to a new discovery from MIT scientists. A te ...
Note: This blog post partly contains some new content, and partly some content from blog posts I’ve written in the past. It is a consolidation, to make information relevant to FRDM boards and mbed available at one convenient location.   Introduction FRDM boards are a range of compact (slightly larger than credit-card sized) boards with a microcontroller. They are great for prototyping projects. The FRDM boards and the mbed platform (described later) are designed to make users concent ...
Boston Dynamics Atlas robot can now jump and perform backflips on its own without assistance. (Image credit Boston Dynamics)   Boston Dynamics’ Atlas has come a long way since it was first developed back in 2013 as a spin-off of the company’s earlier PETMAN robot. Back then, the mechanical monstrosity had to be tethered to a bulky power supply and used an overhead crane for safety purposes as it had a tendency to fall down a lot. DARPA Program Manager Gill Pratt emphasized that ...
Toyota’s Platform 2.1 autonomous vehicle features two modes- Guardian and Chauffeur. (Image credit Toyota)   Last month Toyota unveiled its latest version of their autonomous vehicle- the Lexus-modified (600hL) Platform 2.1, which features better sensors, improved detection and a pair of steering wheels for better human control. The vehicle is a base for Toyota Research Institute’s autonomous research systems known as Guardian and Chauffeur, which provides increased navigation ...
MNS robots can self-heal if one becomes damaged or malfunctions. (Image credit Nature Communications)                                          All references to ‘Skynet’ aside, researchers from the University Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels have developed robots that can function on th ...
Google introduces its own AR software development kit dubbed ARCore. ARCore doesn’t require any special equipment; you only need your phone. (Image via Google)   Not too long ago, Apple stepped up their VR game with ARKit, their first attempt at an augmented reality platform. A tool that allows developers to create AR apps easily, it’s already yielded some impressive results like a virtual pet game and restaurant app that displays food on a plate. Not to be outdone, Google step ...
Swedish company Einride is looking to employ of fleet of 200 T-Pods by 2020 for a new autonomous delivery service. The T-Pod looks like something out of a sci-fi film (Photo via Einride)   We all heard the stories about self-driving cars and their unfortunate accidents, but ever think you’d see a self-driving delivery truck on the road? What kind of accidents do you imagine? One Swedish company is aiming to make this a reality. Einride recently showed off their prototype of T-Pod, an ...
Amp Cortex Robotic Sorter. (Image credit Amp Robotics)   Let’s face it, we live in a world of ‘plastic Armageddon’ where an estimated 300-million tons of it are produced each year according to the World Watch Institute, and a lot of it is buried in landfills or finds its way to the oceans, culminating in giant floating islands. Surely recycling must be a surefire solution to help curb this environmental scourge but we’d be wrong, as a 2012 report from the EPA states ...
This Promobot saves a little girl from a falling shelf, but many question its authenticity Is this video too good to be true? (Photo from Promobot)   Robots have a reputation for being cold, emotionless hunks of metal no matter how badly Hollywood tries to convince us otherwise. But is it possible that we’ve assumed the worst about these bots? A new story seems to think so. A video made the rounds online of a robot rushing to save a little girl from being crushed under a falling shel ...
Estonia and a number of other countries are ready to embrace delivery bots; other places not so much. Will these adorable bots be rolling down a street near you? (Photo via Starship Technologies)   It was only a few years ago, where the thought of having autonomous delivery drones made us panic about the robot take over. Now, more people are getting used to the idea, including government officials. Recently, state legislatures in Virginia and Idaho granted permission to Starship Technologi ...
DeepMind’s AlphaGo recently beat Go world champion Ke Jie becoming the first machine to take the title. Ke Jie considers his next move against the Go playing AI (Photo from DeepMind)   In the latest battle of man vs. machine, machine came out on top once again. Google’s AlphaGo, an AI program developed by DeepMind to play the game Go, beat Go world champion Ke Jie for the second time giving it the lead in the three-part series. Technically, this means AlphaGo is the world’ ...
I have MicroSom i2ex with fuses configured to boot from SATA. I have added support to u-boot (based on version: 2017.05-rc1) to boot from SATA for HummingBoard Pro board. Here is repository: u-boot-imx6   Compilation: hg clone https://kkubacki@bitbucket.org/kkubacki/u-boot-imx6//kkubacki@bitbucket.org/kkubacki/u-boot-imx6 export ARCH=arm export CROSS_COMPILE=/usr/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf- make mx6cuboxi_defconfig make As result we get two files: SPL and u-boot.img. SPL file should be place ...
About this post Twenty to thirty minutes guide lines about connecting BeagleBone Black with the ITBP h-nanoGSM shield.   Main parts BeagleBone Black h-nanoGSM - GSM shield [nano] or any other ITBP modular modem, 1pcs. one cell LiPo battery [3.7V,  > 250mA], or 1pcs super-capacitor bigger than 1F rated for more than 5V and having ERS lower than 250mOhm[we've tested  SCMT22C505MRBA0 from AVX and PM-5R0H105-1 from POWERSTOR/EATON   Knowledge and skills required Beag ...
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HummingBoard Pro case

Posted by kk99 Apr 6, 2017
I bought case called: EM-RasPI B for my single board computer: HummingBoard Pro. Because this is made from aluminum I have added connector for external Wi-Fi antenna. Here are photos of HummingBoard Pro computer and modified case. ...
A new system that combines BCIs and FES helps paraplegic patients moves their limbs with their brain signals. Bill Kochevar moves his arm and eats independently for the first time in eight years. (via Cleveland FES Center)   What did you do this morning? Probably brushed your teeth, enjoyed a cup coffee, and ate a quick breakfast. Nothing special, just part of the norm, right? These are actually luxuries we don’t take into account. Many people, especially paraplegic patients, donR ...

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