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LiveDrive Actuator Aims to Usher In a New Era for Robotics

The robot revolution isn’t happening fast enough, according to the team at Canadian company, Genesis Robotics, which unveiled its LiveDrive, a next-generation robotic actuator, yesterday at Hannover Messe in Germany. According to the company, LiveDrive is three times faster and  times more precise than conventional actuators. …

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Restoring a Police Robot is a Family Project

When my son was 12 he told me how much he envies my childhood. I said “What? There was communism, shortages, no human rights…” “Yes, but you’d go to your dad’s shop and make things.

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Free Online Robot Training Program Seeks to Build Workforce Skills

ODENSE, Denmark–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Learning how to set up and program a collaborative robot – or cobot – no longer depends on real life access to a robot or a training class. Now everybody with a desire to learn the concepts of cobots can log in to the …

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After the 2016 Election, What Changes for U.S. Robotics?

What does the radically changing political landscape in the United States going into 2017 mean for robotics research, public policy on STEM education, and the workforce? Predicting the future, never an easy enterprise, seems even more difficult in the current political environment. However, in an era …

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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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RobotGeek Snapper Arduino Robotic Arm

The Snapper is easy to integrate with other RobotGeek sensors, and components. (Photo credit: Trossen Robotics)

The Snapper is a robotic arm with five servos, including a micro servo in the gripper. The arm can pick up 50 gram objects and features a reach of 11.4 inches from shoulder to gripper. It runs on the Geekduino board and the kit also includes the Robot …

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Space Station’s Robotic Arm Set for Arrival of Cygnus Cargo Craft

The International Space Station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, is visible over Earth in this Nov. 27, 2015 photograph. On Dec. 6, Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren operated the Canadarm2 from inside the station’s cupola, using it for the rendezvous and grapple of Orbital ATK’s …

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Jumping Robot Avoids Damage Using 3D-Printed Housing

The image on the left shows how the rigid top fractures on landing. The top made of nine layers of differing flexibility (shown right) remains intact. (Photo credit: Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego/Harvard University.)

A new, 3D printed robot features an interesting body with a rigid core and a soft exterior. The rigid layers make for a better interface with the device’s electronics and power supply. The soft layers allow it to jump up to 2.5 feet high without sustaining …

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Robotic Broccoli Harvesting

(Photo credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.net/Mister GC.)

Robots could be used to help harvest broccoli, according to researchers in the UK. The team is testing whether 3D cameras can be used to identify and select when broccoli is ready for harvesting. This key step in the development of a fully automatic robotic harvesting …

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Artificial Intelligence Solves 100 Year Old Worm Challenge

Tufts University biologists developed an artificial intelligence system that for the first time reverse-engineered the regeneration mechanism of planaria worms. (Photo credit: Daniel Lobo/Michael Levin-Tufts University.)

For the first time, an artifical intelligence system has reverse-engineered how a planaria worm regenerates. The work, published recently  in PLOS Computational Biology, shows how much the robot science can help humans scientists going forward. Humans have been trying for more than 100 years to figure …

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3-in-1 All Terrain Robot

Made by OWI Robots, this little bot can be a gripper, forklift, or a rover. (Photo credit: Jameco Electronics)

The 3-in-1 All Terrain Robot is a tracked robotic kit that you put together yourself. It has 120 pieces that can be put together, as the name suggests, in three different ways: as a forklift, a rover, or a gripper. All you need is 4 AA …

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Playful, Open-Source Robot for Kids

We’re in a boom period for Arduino-based bots launched via Kickstarter! The latest is Voootex: a little white semicircle that can be driven remotely or programmed. The Voootex includes a speaker, proximity sensors, line following sensors, 12 RGB LEDs, two motor encoders. (It also has an …

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Make Your Own Custom Potentiometer

Create a custom potentiometer with Sparkfun's Rotary Switch Potentiometer Breakout. (Photo credit: Sparkfun.)

Lots of projects require resistors of specific values or particular tapers. With SparkFun’s Rotary Switch Potentiometer Breakout it’s easy to create a rotary switch that enables whatever resistance values you need. When you’re done building your board, you’ll have a 10-step potentiometer. Each Rotary Switch Potentiometer …

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