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Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration (FIRE)

Robot magazine interviewed key associates working at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy to get an update on FIRE programs now in development.

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Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration (FIRE)

Hundreds of thousands of students in the U.S. alone are involved in competitions and robotics programs each year, in and outside the classroom, and that number has doubled in recent years as educators and students have come to understand the magic of robotics.

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Service Oriented Architectures – Two leading systems, MRDS and ROS, point to the future of robotics

A revolution is coming, and it is time to choose sides. Microsoft + .NET or Linux + Python. Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (MRDS) and Robot Operating System (ROS) are the major contenders for service-based robotics libraries. The lines have been drawn, and whichever side you choose, you should be prepared for a new paradigm: distributed computing.

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NASA’s New Space Policy

NASA has just announced new plans for a familiar type of robot spacecraft. Of intimate interest to robot builders is NASA’s new philosophy of asking for help from the outside world, and of creating a long-range plan in which a wide variety of space robots will be inserted into an integrated space expansion strategy leading ultimately to human interplanetary flight.

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DF RobotShop Arduino-complete, affordable and expandable

The DFRobotShop Rover is an Arduino-complete robot that is a collaborative development between RobotShop and DF Robot. It’s only $90; an attractive price for the delivered functionality. Everything but the batteries and USB cable are included in the kit. The kit is built from many “standard” parts packaged into the kit; a lot easier than trying to buy all the parts individually. The metal side mounts and the large circuit board are custom made for the Rover.

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PARROT AR Drone – RTF Quadrotor for new and advanced pilots/research organizations

Quadrotors, you say. I cringe. I fly a Trex 450 Pro (but am lightyears behind Alan Szabo Jr.). For better or worse I have actually designed and machined my own heli designs and blades. That’s already a fulltime hobby. I didn’t think I had the time to tune, tweak, code, research “+” or ”x” configurations, etc. for a quadrotor. In our mechatronics course 10 years ago we hacked ultrasonic range finders from old Polaroid cameras, custom built our H-bridges, and hacked a digital compass from a family van for our 8 digital input and 5 analog input autonomous differential drive robot hockey player run by our MIT HandyBoard.

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Make Your Robot SEE

Not very long ago, any attempt at robot vision would have been an expensive and very technically challenging task. Digital cameras were once very expensive, the processing requirements would tax even the fastest CPUs, and you would most likely have to write your own imaging processing software from scratch. Today, you can purchase a decent USB webcam for less than $20, and even lowcost PCs and netbooks have significant processing power; and now, software is available that puts PhD-level image processing and robot control capability into the hands of novices.

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Inexpensive, easy, pan-&-tilt mount – Make it from parts lying around your workshop

When I built my twin fuselage ParkZone Radian, I needed a small, light, inexpensive and universal pan-and-tilt mount. I could have used the pan-and-tilt part of the Range video Multiplex Easy Star mount, but that would have meant throwing away most of the mount. I could not find a commercially available unit to fit the bill, so I looked around my shop, my junk drawer and my scrap-wood pile and came up with my version.

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Robots Of China

The opening ceremony began with something familiar. Two smaller humanoid robots from South Korea were set on the stage to autonomously perform like twins. The duo was obviously of the same family to the original Robonova humanoids, having a similar number of DOF, build and motions. They went through very interesting performances on their own, including dance, martial arts, acrobatics and spectacular motions. On occasion, one would fall down, then get back up and continue performing.

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BOTBUILDER – BoxBot A robot for “cowboys”!

The BoxBot is a straightforward, easy-to-assemble robot kit that includes an open-source microcontroller, development environment and programming language. This kit is the creation of Steve Carpenter, a robotics enthusiast at BotBuilder—a United Kingdom-based supplier of robot kits and components.

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