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Energy Efficient Solar-Powered Sensors

The magnified detail of the chip shows the main control circuitry, including the startup electronics; the controller that determines whether to charge the battery, power a device, or both; and the array of switches that control current flow to an external inductor coil. (Photo credit: MIT)

Establishing a network of environmental sensors all over a forest is one thing. Keep the circuits properly powered is another. Imagine traipsing around the forest to replace 600 batteries every week! Makers need systems with ultra-low power sensors that can efficiently harvest energy from the environment. Researchers at …

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Micro Tentacles For Robot Fingers

The rubbery microtentacle shown here isstrong and small enough to trap and ant, but soft enough not to injure it. (Photo credit: Jaeyoun Kim/Iowa State University.)

Researchers are working on tiny tentacles that could allow robots to handle very small, delicate items. “Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they have to squeeze,” said Jaeyoun Kim, an Iowa State University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, in a …

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ServoCity’s New Warden Mobile Robot Base

It's easy to add components to the Warden using its three Actobotics Aluminum channels. (Photo credit: ServoCity.)

ServoCity’s new robot base, The Warden, is a toughie! With 4.3 inch rubber tires running on ball-bearing, planetary gear motors, this bot base is designed for rough terrain. The base also includes a large storage area with two access panels, for easy access to any batteries …

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Robot to Land on Asteroid, Then Send a Boulder Spinning Around the Moon

Microspine grippers on the end of the robotics arms will be used to grab the boulder. (Photo credit: NASA.)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is working on a robot that will land on a near-Earth asteroid, find a boulder, and carefully set it into a stable orbit around the moon. Once there, astronauts on-board the Orion spacecraft will examine the boulder and extract samples for …

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ProtoPalette Pro Makes Arduino Exploration Easier

The ProtoPalette Pro weighs 4 lbs and measures 15 x 12 x 3 in. (Photo credit: ProtoPalette EdTech, Inc.)

If you’re eager to build an Arduino-based bot and want to make the process a little easier on yourself, the ProtoPalette Pro is perfect. The Pro includes a breadboard, as well as a wide array of switches and sensors on a relatively small footprint, making it …

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The Quest for a Robot that Works Well With Humans

Professor Jochen Steil with one of the CogIMON humanoids. (Photo credit: Bielefeld University.)

Researchers at Bielefeld University are working on robots designed to work in tandem with humans. The project is called Cognitive Compliant Interaction in Motion, or CogIMON. Led by professor Jochen Steil of BU, the project will involve six international partners and have a budget of $7 …

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Easy to Assemble, Bluetooth Car Kit

Build your own four-wheeled Arduino robot with this easy to build kit. (Photo credit: Nitro Planes.)

Nitro Planes has a well priced, Arduino-compatible robot kit available. Once assembled, the four-wheeled Remote Control Blutetooth Ultrasonic Ranging Smart Car Kit can roll over grass, gravel and sand. It can even climb a sloped surface. The kit includes an ultrasonic module, one infrared receiver, an …

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Will Your Job Be Taken By a Robot?

Do you operate a snow plow for a living? Look out! The YukiTaro robot not only shovels snow, it converts it into a short, melting wall. (Photo credit: of Research and Development, Inc.)

Ever wondered how likely it is that your job will be stolen by a robot? Researchers at the University of Oxford studied the issue and produced a thoughtful paper entitiled, “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?” Now National Public Radio has created …

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Wood Pulp Batteries in Development

Researchers have created a battery from tree pulp that can be squished much like a sponge. (Photo credit: KTH.)

Robots could one day be powered by tree pulp. Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stanford University have developed a method for making elastic high-capacity batteries using nanocellulose from broken down from tree fibres. The battery can be squished, much like foam, and therefore …

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Print Your Own Two-Layer Circuit Boards with the Voltera V-One

Print your own circuit boards with the Voltera V-One. (Photo credit: Voltera Inc.)

Print prototype circuit boards in minutes with the Voltera V-One. This handy device can print both conductive and insulating ink to a minimum trace width of 8 mil, to create two-layer boards based on your very own Gerber files. The V-One is also great for solder …

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Mini Solderless Breadboard

Try out a new sensor on your robot without committing to the setup, using a Mini Solderless Breadboard. (Photo credit: Adafruit.)

Need to test something minor on your robot but don’t want to commit it to solder? This mini solderless breadboard is perfect! Smaller than a U.S. quarter, this little breadboard will fit just about anywhere. It only weighs 2 grams, too! The board has four rows …

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Easily Measure Weight With Your Arduino

A new breakout board from Sparkfun allows you to easily integrate a load cell into your next electronics project. The board uses an HC711 IC, and uses a two wire interface (clock and data) for communication. Just connect the amplifier to a microcontroller, such as an …

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MIT’s Origami Robot

MIT's self-folding robot can walk and swim on top of fluids. (Photo credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT)

MIT researchers have built origami robots. When heated, the paper thin, previously flat robots folds up into a predetermined shape that allows them to move along a solid surface or float on top of a liquid and move around like a little boat. Each robot weighs …

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