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Root Robot Aims to Grow With Students

A new robot designed to teach students to code has exceeded it’s $250,000 goal on Kickstarter. Scheduled to start shipping in May of 2017, Root aims to grow with its users, enabling students to move from one level of coding ability to the next. The makers …

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DARPA Creating Industry/Government Group for Safe Operation of Space Robotics

(Source: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; issued Nov 29, 2016) Recent technological advances have made the longstanding dream of on-orbit robotic servicing of satellites a near-term possibility. The potential advantages of that unprecedented capability are enormous. Instead of designing their satellites to accommodate the harsh reality …

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RoMeLa’s BALLU Stands Tall – All The Time

The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, RoMeLa, at UCLA, recently shared a video on YouTube of BALLU, a Buoyancy Assisted Lightweight Legged Unit that takes an interesting approach to a problem common to many bi-pedal bots, staying upright. BALLU solves this problem so well, it’s actually incapable …

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Nylon Fibers Could Help Your Robot Flex

Researchers at MIT have recently developed a new way to mimic muscle function and it could have profound implications for robotics. Using highly oriented nylon fibers, shaped in particular way and manipulated through the sequenced application and removal of a heat source, the researchers were able …

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Robot In Germany Controlled From Russia with Unique Interface

DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, recently posted a video documenting the successful remote operation of a robot through an exoskeleton interface at a distance of nearly 4,000 kilometers. In this trial, an operator in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk used the DFKI-designed CAPIO …

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

We are pleased to bring you our all new 2016 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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2016 World Educational Robot Championships Held in Shanghai

The 2016 World Educational Robot (WER) Championship was held at the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center, China on November 19 and 20. More than 2,000 top players from nearly 20 countries, who are selected from different levels of WER competitions, took part in this celebration …

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Automate Your Garden with FarmBot

Want to join the urban farming movement without doing all that…farming? FarmBot is bringing technology to the rescue with a scalable, hackable, robotic farming solution you can install yourself and expand as you need. FarmBot Genesis, the first FarmBot from the San Luis Obispo based developer, …

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Warthog Is a Tough Amphibious Robotics Platform

Clearpath Robotics, a Kitchener, Ontario based provider of mobile robotic platforms for research and development, recently released Warthog, a large, all-terrain mobile robot that can travel on land or in the water. With a large payload capacity designed to support outdoor applications including in mining, agriculture, …

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Why Is This Robot Playing with a Rubik’s Cube?

Solving a Rubik’s cube in record-breaking time of .63 seconds isn’t necessarily serious business for semiconductor manufacturer, Infineon. However, the company recently put their technology to work doing just that in a robot on display at the Electronica trade show in Munich, Germany. The machine, named …

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The LIDAR-Lite v3 Compact Distance Sensor is Here

Garmin has released the successor to their popular LIDAR-Lite v2 distance sensor, the new LIDAR-Lite v3. Perfect for use in drones and robots, this lightweight, capable sensor gives you reliable performance at a range of up to 40 meters without taking up a lot of space …

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New Research Could Improve Energy Efficiency in Walking Robots

“Can you imagine robots that can harvest all the energy they need from their environment?” That’s the question Dutch researcher, Douwe Dresscher at the University of Twente asks in the video where he introduces the concept of a walking robot that, through solar panels, can harvest …

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Plobot Teaches Programming With Play

Plobot is a new project on Kickstarter that aims to teach kids concepts that are essential to coding through fun and simple play. This adorable little bot receives instructions from your child through a variety of command cards that initiate individual actions which can be combined …

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