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RobotGeek Arduino Experimenters Kits

The RobotGeek Arduino Basic+ Experimenter's Kit: the most comprehensive of the Experimenters kits! (Photo credit: Trossen Robotics.)

Exploring how a component work, in detail, lays a great foundation for building a complete robot. RobotGeek supports this idea, with several Arduino-based kits designed to explore individual components. There’s a kit for linear actuators, one for touch sensors, and another for RFID. Want a more complete package? …

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SPRK: The See-Through Sphero

See what you're doing, with the SPRK Edition of the Sphero 2.0. (Photo credit: Sphero)

If you like being able to see the inner workings of machines, you’ll love the Sphero 2.0 – SPRK Edition. The main difference with this version of Sphero is its clear, polycarbonate shell that lets you check out what’s going on inside the bot. This feature …

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HEXBUG Battle Spider Dual Pack

It's red versus blue in a spider battle to the finish! (Photo credit: HEXBUG)

Duke it out with the HEXBUG Battle Spider Dual Pack! The pack includes two remote-controlled, spider-like robots. Each has a futuristic voice and sound effects. The bots even recoil when hit with infrared beams. Sensors measure each strike until only one spider is left standing. Ideal …

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Teaching robots to stay out of the way

Researcher Marianne Bakken attempting to get close and personal with an orange robot arm – moving in all directions to try to get the robot to collide with her. But it manages to avoid her every time. (Photo credit: Werner Juvik/SINTEF)

Researchers have developed a robot that adjusts its movements in order to avoid colliding with the people and objects around it. This provides new opportunities for more friendly interaction between people and machines. Modern industrial robots commonly weigh several tonnes are therefore placed inside enclosures to …

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Soft Robot Hand Handles Breakables

The fingers on this soft robotic gripper have sensors that estimate the size and shape of an object accurately enough to identify it from a set of multiple items. (Photo credit: Jason Dorfman/CSAIL)

Researchers from MIT have created a robot hand that can handle your fine breakables. Daniela Rus of MIT’s Distributed Robotics Lab demonstrated the 3-D-printed robotic hand which was made out of silicone rubber. The three-fingered bot can handle items as delicate as an egg and as thin …

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Developing New Standards of Drone Operations

A test pilot operates a virtual large unmanned aircraft system, or UAS, with simulated air traffic at a NASA research ground control station. The pilot uses the main traffic display for situational awareness. When detect-and-avoid systems notify the pilot that other traffic is too close, he uses a command and control interface to maneuver the aircraft into a safer trajectory. The pilot is connected with a communication head-set where he interacts with air traffic control similar to present-day operations. (Photo credit: NASA)

At a recent meeting at NASA’s Ames Research Center, members of a special committee called the RTCA worked on minimum operational performance standards for large unmanned aircraft systems. The RTCA is a public-private partnership that provides the Federal Aviation Administration comprehensive, industry-vetted recommendations about critical aviation …

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Move Your Muscle and Move Your Robot, Too!

Flex your arm, raise that sword! (Photo credit: Pololu)

Ever wanted to make a robot that could move along with you? A muscle sensor from Advancer Technologies will make the interface easy! The sensor tracks and amplifies the complex electric potential generated by muscle cells. It then converts it into a simple analog signal that can …

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Tiny robots inspired by pine cones

This schematic shows the concept behind the team's plant-inspired microrobot. Photo credit: Image courtesy of American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics)

Most efforts to develop bio-inspired robots center on mimicking the motions of animals: but plants move too — even if most of their motions are so slow they can’t be detected by the naked eye. The mechanism involved in plant movement is much simpler than that …

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Keeping Prosthetic Legs Upright Using a Natural Approach

Lower-leg amputees will test Carnegie Mellon’s balance recovery technology. (Photo credit: Carnegie Mellon University)

A robotic leg prosthesis from Carnegie Mellon University could help users avoid falls, using techniques based how humans control real flesh and bone. Hartmut Geyer, assistant professor of robotics at CMU, says a control strategy devised by studying human reflexes and other neuromuscular control systems has shown …

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Humans can empathize with robots

It's important to understand how humans feel about robots, if we are going to work together. (Photo credit: Toyohashi University of Technology)

New research from Japan suggests humans feel empathy toward robots they think are in pain. Electroencephalography (EEG) studies of humans found their brains responded similarly to perceived pain in robots as they did in other humans — except at the beginning of the process. The researchers …

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

We are pleased to bring you our all new 2015 Robot Magazine Holiday Gift Gude. This Guide identifies some of the hottest new products on the market, and it covers a broad range of robotics parts and pieces, including both hardware and software.

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A Four-Wheel, Purring Cat

Zoomer Kitty will chase her cat toy or your wiggling fingers. (Photo credit: Spin Master)

Each year, the range of robotic pets expands. Now there’s Zoomer Kitty, a four-wheel, purring cat. Kids can interact with Zoomer Kitty by letting her chase them or follow the included cat toy. Touch sensors in her head, ears, and cheeks allow her to sense when …

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The Shapeoko Deluxe Kit

Make your own robot parts out of plastic, hardwood or non-ferrous metals with the Shapeoko. (Photo credit: Sparkfun)

Thinking making your own robot parts? With the Shapeoko Deluxe Kit from Sparkfun, you can create 2D and 3D designs out of plastics, hardwoods, and non-ferrous metals. This special SparkFun Edition of the Shapeoko Kit includes everything from the base frame and hardware to the motors and …

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