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NEWS: Robot Magazine Seeks Writers!


Share your special project or organization's initiatives in this highly respected publication, and add to your CV or resume. Read More »

EVENT: Nevada Unmanned Systems Business Expo


Las Vegas Convention Center September 11-12 Las Vegas, NV: The Nevada Unmanned Systems Business Expo will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, September 11-12. It will showcase the incredible opportunities available in commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones), and give enthusiasts the tools and information needed to become a part of this groundbreaking industry. Speakers, subject matter experts, industry ... Read More »

NEWS: Amazing Robotis Initiatives!

The DARwin MINI. The MINI is smaller than the original DARwin-OP humanoid and is designed to be simple to build and operate.

ROBOTIS Pioneers Exciting New Robotics Initiatives! ROBOTIS is roaring forward with powerful initiatives and technology that show it to be a strong market leader in humanoids and STEAM education. This is a “must read” – you will be nothing less than astounded when you see these advances! The information in this report was provided by longstanding contributor and humanoid expert, Lem Fugitt. Image of the DARWIN-MINI courtesy of Lem Fugitt and robots-dreams.com, photographed at the recent MakerCon Maker Faire. Read More »

BONUS CONTENT: Hammerhead Underwater Rover Prototype


This prototype amphibious rover was created by RC Driver editor David Baker for an RC Truck special issue (a sister Maplegate publication). The article contains interesting setup techniques, and tips and tricks that we wanted to share with readers of Robot. If you are considering a similar project, this article, published in our July-August 2014 issue, will speed your success! ... Read More »

BONUS CONTENT: Robotics Summer Camps Part II

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DIY and MAKE movements are growing rapidly and much of this activity is being used in summer camps like those at the University of Dallas (UT Dallas). This summer high school students will be building a solar car, developing multirotor robots and putting sensors and processors into model rockets. In this feature story in the July-August 2014 issue, Dr. Kenneth ... Read More »



Today we are seeing fantastic and even startling developments in the field of educational robotics. Emerging programs and competitions are directed at elementary, high school and college-level students and at hobbyists of all ages. The J-Bot is a great platform for the hobbyist or student. It is an autonomous wheeled vehicle equipped with the Arduino Romeo control board and an ... Read More »

LERN: Evolutionary Algorithms Create Robot Technology


The Evolvable Systems Group at NASA Ames Research Center investigates computer algorithms that automate the design and optimization of complex engineering systems for NASA exploration missions. The core technologies are based on adaptive and evolutionary algorithm methods. The methods, which include geneticalgorithms, genetic programming, and artificial neural networks, have produced human-competitive results in real-world applications. One example is this tiny ... Read More »

LERN: How Space Robots Will Be Protected From Dust


The dozen astronauts who landed on the moon between 1969 and 1972 found moondust to be an unexpected challenge. Not only was it so abrasive that it wore partially through the outer gloves of their space suits, it stuck to everything. The more they tried to brush it away, the more it worked its way into the space suits’ fabric. ... Read More »

LERN: Mind Over Matter


Research Holds Promise for Human Paraplegics It was reported in the Science Translational Medicine department of Science magazine that monkeys have been able to control two robot arms through an electronic Brain-Computer interface. It is hoped that this research will ultimately help human patients overcome paralysis by simply willing robotic devices to assist them. Link: http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/5/210/210ra154 Read More »

LERN: Eat Your Face? Personal Fabrication Taking Off


David Carr, Research Associate at the MIT Media Lab, appeared in the Wall Street Daily Research online news in a story about his 3D printer that could sculpt chocolate. David noted that he could create a likeness of himself in chocolate and then eat it, which causes some awkward feelings for some. He noted that “personal fabrication” will become a ... Read More »

LERN: China’s Jade Rabbit Begins To Explore Lunar Surface


The Beijing Aerospace Control Center said the rover had explored the surface using its mechanical arm on Tuesday night (Beijing time). The survey lasted half an hour and official news service Xinhua said the rover performed well in the tests. In December, the Chinese landing module and rover made the first “soft” landing on the Moon since 1976. The mission ... Read More »

LERN: Google Buys Deepmind


The Guardian reports that Google has acquired the British artificial intelligence developer DeepMind. A Google spokesman confirmed the deal but declined to provide the transaction’s cost or more information on how Google planned to use DeepMind’s projects, which include applications for simulations, e-commerce and games. Demis Hassabis, a computer game designer, neuroscientist and former child chess prodigy, along with his ... Read More »

LERN: Industrial Robot Market Set To Reach $32.8B by 2017


According to a new report released by Markets and Markets in Dallas, Texas called “Industrial Robotics Market – Global Forecast & Analysis by Applications, Functions, Product & Geography (2012 – 2017)”, the total industrial robotics market is expected to reach $32.8 billion by 2017 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.0% from 2012 to 2017. The global market ... Read More »