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Inside the Ugobe Pleo

A new robot system patterned after nature thinks for itself ROBOT EXCLUSIVE!  Inside the Ugobe Pleo      “Organic Robot Life”                                                                      by Timothy D. Swietzer  tims@botmag.com The buzz has already begun about Pleo’s amazing ability torepresent an organic life form. Pleo is UGOBE’s first designer Life Form and is based on the Camarasaurus dinosaur. …

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For Kids! Überbots Humanoid Sumo Fun

For Kids! Überbots Humanoid Sumo FunÜberbots Humanoid Sumo Video Windows Media Video, 19MB Überbots humanoid biped toy robots, offered by Überstix, www.uberstix.com, offer kids a chance to be mechanical engineers. Überstix  is a company that has created sets of interchangeable plastic building pieces that can be …

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Make Your Robonova-1 Speak!

Make Your Robonova-1 Speak! Play any sound file—the voice of Homer Simpson or even Captain Picard! by D.G. Smith d.g.smith@ntlworld.com Since the age of 10, now some 35 years ago, I have always  dreamt of building robots. Back in those days all I had was lollipop …

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Teaching With Robots

Teaching With Robots A Guide To Finding Curriculum and Resources by Dr. Kenneth Berry, kenb@botmag.com, Assistant Professor, California State University, Northridge      The following is an expanded treatment of Ken Berry’s Spring 2007 Robot Magazine EDU BOTS feature story on locating and using robotics curriculum …

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SolidWorks Sponsors Botball With 3D Software

The Botball Educational Robotics Program sponsors one of the largest robot competitions, with over 300 teams of from two to thirty students competing in annual competitions. This exciting robot competition has just received a turbo boost that will both empower participants and accelerate the expansion of …

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The First Kyosho Athlete Humanoid Cup!

Biped Robot Competition Leaps ForwardStory and Photos by Lem Fugitt, www.robots-dreams.comDecember 10, 2006 – Tokyo, Japan Kyosho Athlete Humanoid Cup Video (Windows Media Video, 28MB) The launch of the MANOI AT01 humanoid robot kit, featured in our Winter 2006 issue, was an instant success with many …

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Vex Robotics System Update!

Revell and IFI recently offered more tantalizing details on the Vex Robotics System that will be available in latter 2007 (these updates, as well as the original report, are below). At the turn of the year, Revell released the following details:— SPYCAM: The Vex Robotics System will feature a “Spycam” for live transmission …

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ROBO-ONE 10 – A

Gallery of Humanoid Robot Competition in Japan by Lem Fugitt, www.robots-dreams.com Robots-Dreams.com Robot contributor and founding blogger Lem Fugitt recently covered the Robo-One 10 tournament, held September 16 – 17, 2006 in Nagai, Yamagata, Japan. This “inside view” of the rapidly expanding Robo-One competition captures the human interest and …

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Building The Lynxmotion BRAT

Exploring Humanoid Robotics Has Never Been Easier  xStory and photos by Tom Atwood and Harry Mueller This pictorial shows the assembly of Lynxmotion’s, www.lynxmotion.com, new BRAT, an entry level bipedal robot that is a milestone robot. With a starting price of less than $300, BRAT offers an …

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New MANOI Athlete Humanoid Robots

Kyosho Raises the ROBO-ONE Bar  — Preview of the Feature Story in the Winter 2006 Issue of Robot        Photos by Lem FugittTwo MANOI AT01s and a PF01 pose for photographers.What do a 47 year old wind-turbine designer, a 16 year old high school …

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First Space Contact – Human And Robot Explorers

As humans continue to expand their exploration and exploitation of space, robots will be their scouts, companions, teachers, extended senses, enhanced muscles and even their sharpened wits. And, considering how severely hostile the space environment is only such a partnership, such a synergistic symbiosis, seems even remotely to be a match for the extraterrestrial challenges ahead.

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