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Growing An Industry – A National Priority

Robot magazine Editor-in-Chief Tom Atwood had the privilege of presenting at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Educators Conference on the current status of the robotics industry in the U.S., and the challenges we face to grow these markets, which include growing technologies that form the basis …

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LEGO MINDSTORMS Revolution!

ROBOT had the privilege of meeting with Soren Lund, International Director of LEGO® MINDSTORMS™, and with Kristin Greene (Flashpoint PR), who has been helping coordinate the public relations side of MINDSTORMS since its inception in 1998, to learn more about the new LEGO MINDSTORMS release. It was for us, an extraordinary interview—ROBOTwas given an opportunity to take pictures and video clips of the new technology in action.

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Mythbusters Test The Vex Robotic Design System

Jamie Hyneman, Grant Imahara and Adam Savage, cohosts of the popular MythBusters TV show on the Discovery Channel, have many years of experience designing animatronic robots used in commercials, science fiction movies and other popular media. This team also has broad experience in radio control and hobby robotics. We are proud to include their review of Radio Shack’s new VEXTM Robotics Design System in the inaugural issue of ROBOT. Visit www.botmag.com/issue1 for additional photos, a detailed, photo-rich “build report” by Grant Imahara and video clips of the MythBusters commenting on their VEX PackBot system.

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Pick The Best Fighting Robot Design

You know they say that a pet owner ends up looking like their pet and the same thing can be said about combat robots…each roboteer will usually end up designing and building a robot that reflects his or her personality. So what kind of personality do …

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Carnegie Mellon Building Robot For Lunar Prospecting

Carnegie Mellon Building Robot For Lunar Prospecting

Researchers in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science are building a robotic prospector for NASA. Called “Scarab,” this fourwheeled concept robot will demonstrate technologies that a lunar rover will need

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Programming Solutions for the LEGO Mindstorms NXT – Which approach is best for you? (Part 2)

Three different programming environments are available from LEGO for the NXT– NXT-G, ROBOLAB and ROBOTC, and they all make it quite easy to program Mindstorms robots. In addition, the open source community has developed other alternative programming solutions for the NXT. This article provides an introduction to the rich selection of programming approaches available today. This online expanded version of the Winter 2007 article features an extended comparison table and a lot more technical details behind this article.

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Programming Solutions for the LEGO Mindstorms NXT – Which approach is best for you?

Three different programming environments are available from LEGO for the NXT, NXT-G, ROBOLAB and ROBOTC, and they all make it quite easy to program Mindstorms robots. In addition, the open source community has developed other alternative programming solutions for the NXT. This article provides an introduction to the rich selection of programming approaches available today. This online expanded version of the Winter 2007 article features an extended comparison table and a lot more technical details behind this article.

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Who’s Driving?

On June 18, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) visited Carnegie Mellon University to test and observe the performance of a robotic SUV that has been prepared to compete in DARPA’s 2007 Urban Challenge, a 60-mile race that will pit driverless vehicles against each other on a course that simulates an urban environment.

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Congressmen Doyle and Wamp Launch Congressional Caucus on Robotics

On June 20, 2007, Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle and Tennessee Congressman Zack Wamp announced the formation of a bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on Robotics. The caucus will focus on key issues facing the nation’s traditional industrial robotics industry as well as issues critical to growing companies, markets, …

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DEPTHX Hydrobot Takes Flight In Preparation For Exploration Of Europa

DEPTHX (Deep Phreatic Thermal eXplorer) is a prototype Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) that was designed to assist in the development and testing of critical capabilities that will be utilized on NASA’s future mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.

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Outdoor Robotics Power Plant

A hybrid power supply using a 4-stroke engine and an alternatorby Ken Gracey, Parallax Inc.kgracey@parallax.comRobot magazine is pleased to publish pioneering research by Ken Gracey on a hybrid robot powerplant for outdoor applications. Read the full article in the Fall 07 issue of Robot, available August …

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Cyborg Tandem

A bicycle built for two takes on new meaning as Robot Village president and founder David Greenbaum tours the Upper West Side of Manhattan with a robotic partner. Aft peddler “555” draws wide-eyed attention in the day, and its many lights illuminate the tandem cycle’s tour of the night.

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RoboGames, World’s Largest Open Robot Competition, San Francisco June 15 – 17

http://robogames.net/index.php RoboGames is the world’s largest open robot competition. The best minds from around the world are invited  to compete in over 70 different events. Combat robots, walking humanoids, soccer bots, sumo bots, and even androids that do kung-fu will compete and be demonstrated. Some robots …

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