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Curiosity Tools Provided by NASA/JPL

This view of the sun from Mars was taken from a NASA /JPL panorama that any of us can peruse and select images from. This is a new kind of

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Omni Wheel Carries Your Future

This omni-directional wheel was created in an additive 3D metal printer whose output is later forged for ultimate strength. The contours of this piece could not be otherwise constructed in a cost effective manner. Our future robots will use such wheels, and will our cars?

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3D Printing Test In Zero Gravity

Contributing editor Dan Ward and his Indiana Ivy Tech associates recently conducted an interesting experiment courtesy of NASA. They bolted an Ivy Tech 3D printer (plastic extrusion type) inside a NASA C- 9B aircraft used for zero-G experiments. During free fall as they flew the downward portion of a parabolic arc, they turned on the printer to see how this CNC robotic machine would perform in weightlessness.

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Robots Hit 2012 Comic Con NYC!

The 2012 New York City Comic Convention was a showcase for all things science fiction, fantasy and all things in between and beyond. Robot enthusiasts were on hand to display their love of mechanical beings and talents. An enthusiast took his love of the Transformer’s Bumblebee to new heights with this elaborate, eight-foot representation of the movie character.

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A Reassuring, Promotional Robot Spokesperson

This large, remotely operated robot, named "Millennia," has been used for many years in schools, hospitals and at social gatherings to entertain youngsters and people of all ages and to promote new product launches as well as business and social initiatives.

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Top Priorities: Education & Ingenuity

Sen. John Glenn (Ohio), was the third man in space and the first American to orbit the Earth. He is the only astronaut to have flown in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs. His flight on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998 was at the age of 77!

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To The Stars, With Robots

Buzz Aldrin, second human to set foot on the moon (July 20th, 1969), wants America to regain it’s leadership in space. I asked Buzz if he thinks robots will pave the way for the human exploration of space. Without hesitation he exclaimed, “Absolutely!” Buzz said that by putting robots and humans on Mars, we can recommit America to a dominant position in space.

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TOKYObay Robot Clocks

Dory Isaacs and Jun Kobayashi started TOKYObay, Inc. in 1991 as a source for well- designed, affordable watches and accessories. Editorial contributor and professional photographer Frank Capri shot a few of the many robot clocks offered by TOKYObay for Robot.

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March Against Boring Food!

Too lazy to reach across the table to get the salt & pepper shakers? If so, just have them come to you—in the form of little robots. These tiny titans march against the forces of boring food. Actually, they don’t really march so much as waddle.

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Bot Ballet!

The beauty and grace of dance mingles with the technological charm of robotics. The robot, “Millennia,” was provided courtesy of Robert M. Doornick, CEO of Robotics International, a philanthropic and humanistic company that brings joy to the lives of kids.

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Pimp Your Bot!

Author Jim Phelan recounts how he came to give his Parallax Boe-Bot a makeover: “The ‘Pimped Out’ Boe- Bot with the squirrel tail is a cute little ‘feller’. I like his proud ‘dog show’ stance. The squirrel tail came from the Renaissance Festival via my daughter at my request. She and her friends got animal tails there and were in the habit of wearing them at the back of their jeans.

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Whistle While You Work…

In the last couple of years, flying “quads,” often called quadcopters or quadrotors, have really come alive in the RC hobby world. They are typically flown in a sedate, conservative fashion as they are highly stable aircraft and have become favorites for aerial photography and videography.

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Swimming Your Way…

Hibot Robotics (Japan) specializes in developing robots that perform beneficial tasks in extreme environments, whether on elevated power lines or deep underwater. Hibot’s ACM-R5 is a snake-like robot with robust seals and waterproofing as well as a strong yet flexible structure enabling it to operate under “severe submerged conditions.

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