PLUG & PLAY: Paint Touch Sensors Right on to Your Bot

Paint and play with Bare Conductive! (Photo credit: Sparkfun.)

Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint ($24.95) is the perfect way to make a robot’s exterior interactive. The paint works just like a button. When correctly connected to the necessary electronics, touching the paint can trigger all kinds of actions. Design paintable buttons that turn on LEDs, play sounds, or make your robot’s arm move up and down. Simply apply the water-based ... Read More »

PLUG & PLAY: Soldering Sunday’s LED Soldering Practice Kit

Make your own nightlight while honing your soldering skills with this kit from Soldering Sunday. (Photo credit: Soldering Sunday.)

Soldering is an important skill for any roboticist. But it’s wise to practice on something simple and inexpensive, before trying to solder together an actual robot. That’s why the LED Soldering Practice Kit is an ideal first project. Each kit contains assorted LEDs that can be soldering into the provided PCB. The board outlines where to solder each component and ... Read More »

LERN: MIT Developing Wireless Trackpad Worn on Thumbnail

Researchers at MIT are working on a discreet remote control device that fits on your thumbnail. (Photo credit: MIT Media Lab.)

Researchers at MIT Media Lab are working on a wireless input device that could act as a very subtle robot remote. Known as NailO, the prototype wireless trackpad is so small, it fits on on your thumbnail. Just stick it on your nail, swipe it with another finger and NailO can control a Bluetooth-enabled device. “It’s very unobtrusive,” Cindy Hsin-Liu ... Read More »

LERN: Battle Brewing Between iRobot and Astronomers

iRobot's line of vacuums have been quite successful. Now the company hopes to add a lawn mower to their product line. (Photo credit: iRobot.)

iRobot hopes to sell robotic lawn mowers that use beacons to determine the perimeter of the lawn. The only problem is that the beacons transmit signals in the same frequency range that the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) uses to collect data about galactic evolution, by tracking methanol in space. It’s important enough that FCC regulations state that “all practicable ... Read More »

NEWS: Cool! Harvest CROO Robotics Is Developing A Robotic Strawberry Picker

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Harvest CROO Robotics is developing and beginning to test the latest technology for agricultural robotics — an automated strawberry picker. The farming industry, nationwide, has felt the pain and unreliability of human labor. Over $750 million per year is spent in the U.S. picking strawberries alone. Gary Wishnatzki, Co-Founder of Harvest CROO and owner of Wish Farms, sees first hand, as a member of the ... Read More »

PLUG & PLAY: Jade Makes it Easy to Get Started in Robotics

The Jade Robot includes an on-board user interface and a wealth of sensors. (Photo credit: Mimetics.)

More than 3,000 students have already worked with the Jade Robot, a well-equipped bot that’s ready to use right out of the box. The robot includes a wealth of sensors, including all-aspect light and object-detection sensors, a spectrometer, and line sensors. Unlike most bots on the market, the Jade Robot includes an OLED display and buttons. With this on-board user ... Read More »

PLUG & PLAY: Learn About Air Pressure with the Air Power Racer

Learn about an alternative energy source with OWI's Air Power Racer. (Photo credit: OWI.)

OWI is releasing a new toy soon: the Air Power Racer. This easy-to-build product runs on air pressure alone. No battery! No motor! Pump the robot full of air, and watch it go! The air chamber is made from a plastic bottle. If the bottle is pumped with too much air, a safety valve will automatically open to bleed off the excess. ... Read More »

LERN: A Small, Inexpensive Electric Wheelchair

Tanner Jensen tries out his open-source, electric wheelchair. (Photo credit: Brigham Young University.)

Students at Brigham Young University have built a relatively cheap electric wheelchair for small children. Two of them, actually. The chairs are for brothers with Spinal Muscular Atrophy: three-year-old Tanner Jensen and 20-month-old Skyler. “Working with the Jensen family made the whole project more meaningful,” said Ian Freeman, who worked on the chair. “We knew we had to deliver a ... Read More »

NEWS: American Science & Surplus – Great Robotics Items and More at Fantastic Prices

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When traditional gifts don’t fill the bill, head to American Science & Surplus for the quirky, the quaint and the quintessential! Side by side with microscopes, telescopes and geodes (hence the “Science”) you’ll find the classic model steam engine kit, Chinese rifflers (look it up), the ever-popular Screaming Monkey and the irresistibly giddy Inflatable Punching Clown. Browse through our magnets, ... Read More »

LERN: Kuka Teams Up with Microsoft to Improve Industrial Automation

Kuka's Intelligent Industrial Work Assistant. (Photo credit: Kuka AG.)

Kuka AG, a leading manufacturer of industrial robots and automation solutions, have created an intelligent work assistant built with Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) services. They lightweight robot is on display at this year’s Hannover Messe, threading a tube into a small hole in the back of a dishwasher. Traditional robots were unable to complete the task because the ... Read More »

PLUG & PLAY: Arduino Obstacle-Avoiding Bot from OddWires

WIth an HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Distance Sensor module on top, this simple bot autonomously avoids obstacles. (Photo credit: Oddwires.)

OddWires’ obstacle-avoiding robot kit is a cost-effective learning platform for robotics. It chassis rolls on two wheels and a castor, to simplify programming for beginners. The kit includes two geared DC motors, an Arduino Uno R3, motor shield, a servo, ultrasonic sensor, a 6V battery case with 2.1mm plug for Arduino, and a small bredboard. A sample sketch to drive the ... Read More »

Share your TETRIX designs and Get a T-shirt

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Pitsco Education wants to see all the creative and amazing things you build with the TETRIX® system – and want to show them on theTETRIX Robotics website! So, the TETRIX team at Pitsco is issuing a challenge: submit your coolest robot model with at least basic build instructions to their website’s Builds section. Receive a free Gearhead Geek T-shirt for any usable ... Read More »

EVENT: AtlantaHobby.Com Sponsors “Braille Boys & Annie” Robotics Team

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Atlanta Hobby is signing on to sponsor the Braille Boys and Annie, one of the top youth robotics teams in the state of Georgia with a hugely successful season this year. As a member of the Georgia Robotics Alliance and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), this team of young men and women are honing their STEM ... Read More »