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Fleet of Robots Gathering Data in the Altantic Ocean

The Waveglider robot receives last minutes checks before being deployed into the ocean. Photo courtesy of the Natural Environment Research Council.

Seven unmanned robots were released into the open ocean off Southwest England, on a three-week mission to collect data on the ocean and marine life. Some of the vehicles are battery-powered submarine gliders, while others float on the surface of the water and are powered by …

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Combining a Human Brain with Rat Eyes for Better Navigation

Michael Milford with one of the robots he plans to use with his human-rat hybrid navigation system. Photo Courtesy of Queensland University of Technology.

Roboticists often look to the living world for guidance on locomotion. There are countless robots designed to move like animals: some run like cheetahs, others slither like snakes, and a few even fly like insects. Michael Milford thinks roboticists should consider a two-pronged, biomimetic approach to …

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Control Your Computer with Bananas!

With a MaKey MaKey circuit board, you can use any conductive items -- even bananas -- as an interface for computer applications.

Bored with your keyboard? Is your mouse a bit mundane? Perhaps you’d like to use fruits and vegetables to control your computer. Now you can, with a cool little circuit board called MaKey MaKey. Just collect items around your home that conduct electricity and connect each …

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Robot Spy Moves Stealthily Through Water

Researchers at MIT have developed a sneaky underwater robot intended to find ships with illegally imported goods. The robot, which resembles a two-tone football, was built using a 3D printer. It consists of two halves: one is waterproof and contains the electronics, accelerometers, gyroscopes and the battery. …

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New Open-Source Robot with Magnetic-Mount Sensors

ScratchArduino

An interesting educational robot is searching for funding on Kickstarter. Based on the open-source Arduino platform, Scratch Duino features sensors that snap into one of five slots using magnets. Kits will include two light sensors, two contact sensors, two reflective object sensors, and an infared eye. …

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