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The Evolution Of A Roboticist – Mark Tilden

He is a standout not only for what he has accomplished in the world of robotics but for who he is. Not content with turning the robot world on its head by establishing a brand-new school of thought known as ”BEAM” robots (derived from “Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics,” see the July-August Robot , page 78), Tilden has since gone on to succeed in academic circles, build robots for the US military’s Los Alamos Labs and for NASA’s space program. And, get this—he can even lay claim to stupendous commercial success with his robots—with 22 million sold and counting!

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A PERSONAL BRUSH WITH THE ANCESTOR OF THE BIGGEST BOT

I look forward to offering opinions and thoughts in this blog on some of the most interesting technologies in the exploding robotics arena--and to reading your comments, which we really welcome.

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THE RISE AND FALL OF UNIMATION, INC. – Story of robotics innovation & triumph that changed the world!

In the spring of 1951 the Korean War was in full swing, and I was sure I would be drafted. I saw no point in interviewing for employment, despite my newly awarded degree in physics from the University of Connecticut. When I heard about a starting position for a physicist at Manning, Maxwell and Moore (MM&M) in Bridgeport, Conn., I figured I had nothing to lose and made an appointment. A young engineer, sporting a bowtie, by the name of Joseph Engelberger, interviewed me—he hired me on the spot. Little did I suspect that this decision sealed my fate, as our association would change manufacturing the world over. Nor could I know that with his combination of entrepreneurship, marketing, and natural affinity for promotion he would become the “Father of Robotics.”

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Carnegie Mellon Launches a Mega Million Dollar Robotics Education Initiative

In this column we like to highlight successful growing robotics programs, competitions, initiatives and the robots used in them—and this issue, we have a mega-story that in a compelling sense encompasses practically all of our past columns. Robots are inherently interesting and they attract the curiosity of students and hobbyists alike in a way that makes learning computer science, science, technology, engineering and math (CS-STEM) engaging and fun. For this reason, robotics competitions and programs, both in-class and extracurricular, have been growing like wildfire domestically and worldwide— the attraction of robots make them natural teaching and learning tools.

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MOONRAKER – Winner Of The 2009 NASA Lunar Regolith Excavation Challenge!

Moonraker, a robot designed by Paul’s Robotics of Worcester, MA, recently won the 2009 NASA Lunar Regolith Excavation Challenge. The event, a NASA Centennial Challenge, attracted 23 teams from the United States and Canada to compete for the top prize of $500,000. Organized by the California Space Education and Workforce Institute (CSEWI), the event took place at NASA Ames Research Park in California on October 17 and 18, 2009.

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Unlock The Future

In April, British robotics firm Elumotion Ltd, provider of robotics and prosthetic electromechanical sub- systems, announced the Elu2-Hand, said to be a market driving advance in highly controllable, human- equivalent hand and finger technology.

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Pittsburgh FLL Regional Photo Gallery

On Saturday, December 4th, 2010 the National Robotics Engineering Center hosted the FLL Pittsburgh Regional, where 72 teams competed in the FLL Body Forward Challenge. Timothy Friez of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy kindly provided these photos of the event.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

  ROBOT MAGAZINE BONUS CONTENT If you are not automatically redirected to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) website, please click here! www.mbari.org (831) 775-1700

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DARwIn-OP Demonstration, RoMeLa, Virginia Tech

DARwIn-OP Demonstration, RoMeLa, Virginia Tech    Introducing Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory’s latest DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorpic Robot with Intelligence, Open Platform), which means you can fabricate the parts, choose your own electronics and build one of your own. Or, if you prefer, you can just …

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Bioloid project design videos from Robotis!

SCORPION PUPPY LIZARD   KING SPIDER DINOSAUR  

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BOOK PREVIEW: Arduino Up and Running

Arduino Up and Running Building fun and creative electronic projects

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LERN: FLOWSTONE Brat vs. Alien

LERN: FLOWSTONE Brat vs. Alien  Flowstone, a New Graphical Programming Language, Presages Future of Robotics The world of single-board computers and embedded microprocessors is evolving daily and it’s easy to focus on the hardware without considering the changes in the software tools available to program our …

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SHIMON, THE ROBOTIC IMPROVISATIONAL MUSICIAN

Georgia Tech’s Shimon is an improvisational robot that will astound you, particularly if you are yourself a musician who “jams”. Check out these amazing tracks! See how Shimon nods with the beat and creates music on the fly. Is Shimon a creative musician? We think so!! …

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