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The Principles Of Object Oriented Java Script

by Nicholas C. Zakas, No Starch Press If you’ve used a more traditional object-oriented language, such as C++ or Java, JavaScript probably doesn’t seem object- oriented at all. It has no concept of classes, and you don’t even need to define any objects in order to …

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Learn To Program With Scratch

A Visual Introduction to Programming with GAMES, ART, SCIENCE, and MATH, by Majed Marji, No Starch Press Scratch is a fun, free, beginner-friendly programming environment where you connect blocks of code to build programs. It is an ideal environment for robotics development and exploration. While most …

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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 …

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Square Pusher And Z-Machines

Electronic musician “Squarepusher ” has created a unique robot band that includes a 78-fingered drummer, and a second drummer with over 20 arms. The project originated in Japan in 2013 when a challenge was posed: create a robot band that could play great music beyond the capabilities of humans.

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Disaster Robotics

by Robin R. Murphy, $40.50 (Amazon.com, hardcover), $25.99 (Kindle) This work is the definitive guide to disaster robotics, and is a great introduction for researchers and technologists. It is both a reference work for field managers and an excellent textbook for students and educators. Wri en …

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Amazing Robotis Initiatives!

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.

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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 …

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Robotics Summer Camps Part II

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 …

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Jameco J-Bot

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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