Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Developing a Nursing Robot for Ebola Patients

This pulse xenon UV disinfection robot can kill c.diff in five minutes. Motion sensors guard the door while it cleans. (Photo courtesy of Xenex.)

Researchers at Oregon State University‘s Ebola Treatment Unit have been testing a Baxter robot to see how it might perform as a nurse. Let’s just say, hospital staff shouldn’t fear for their jobs just yet. A video uploaded by the team shows the robot as it …

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Pi-Based Tiddlybot Follows and Draws Lines

The Tiddlybot is a Raspberry Pi powered robot that can follow lines and draw. (Photo credit: Pibot Team.)

Tiddlybot is an easy-to-build robot that can connect to any smartphone, tablet or PC that supports HTML. Run it as a remote controlled toy, or program it using a custom Blockly interface. The robot features two servos, line sensors and multicolored LEDs. There’s even a spot …

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Rokit Smart: The Educational Robot That Can Be Built 12 Different Ways

Robolink of San Diego, California has released a new product designed to teach students about robot construction and program on Kickstarter. Known as the Rokit Smart ($129), this table-top robot can be built in 12 different ways. It comes with many programs pre-loaded, and the Hacker’s …

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Robot Desk Automatically Adjusts to Your Preferences, Orders Sandwiches

A novel desk that automatically adjusts its height to meet your needs has received full funding on Kickstarter. Each desk, which will be built by a company called Autonomous, will also respond to voice commands. The designers say the desk will act as a virtual assistant …

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Super Awesome Sylvia’s WaterColorBot 2.0

Need an extra copy of your latest vector image? WaterColorBot 2.0 can paint lots of identical copies for you. (Photo credit: Evil Mad Scientist.)

This artistic CNC machine can work in two ways: it can paint based on completed vector artwork, or work along with you as you sketch. It can use a variety of mediums too, including pens, pencils and watercolor paints. Two little motors built into the wooden …

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Coming Soon: Superintelligence

In Daniel Wilson’s book, Robopocalypse, Archos is the supremely intelligent sentient being unwittingly unleashed upon the world. He is self-aware, self- improving and bent on his own self-preservation and destroying humankind.

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What Will You Do With A Nine Dollar Computer?

Chip is a small but mighty platform for projects that require Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity. (Photo credit: Next Thing Co.)

Meet Chip: a new computer perfect for tinkerers that’s cheaper and more powerful than a Raspberry Pi B+. For just $9, you get a pocket-sized board with a 1GHz processor with WiFi and Bluetooth, 4 GB storage and 512 MB RAM. Chip can also work with …

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HUZZAH ESP8266 Breakout Makes Adding WiFi Easy

Add WiFi to your next robot with the HUZZAH ESP8266 breakout. Of course, the board includes a certified ESP8266 module with an onboard antenna. But there’s a lot of other features crammed on to the 1 inch by 1.5 inch board which make working ESP8266 much …

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VeeaR’s 3.0 Voice Recognition Module and Shield Available

Interact with your robots in a new way using the EasyVR 3.0 system. (Photo credit VeeaR.)

Give your robot the power of voice recognition with the EasyVR 3.0 shield and module. These small, inexpensive boards make it possible to enhance an Arduino project so that it responds to voice commands. (The module plugs into shield, which plugs into an Arduino.) The system …

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Makeblock’s New, Inexpensive Robot for Kids

The mBot the perfect choice for kids who need an fun, easy to assemble robot and want to learn basic programming skills. (Photo credit: Makeblock.)

Makeblock’s mBot is perfect for STEM educators with a limited budget. It has a multitude of inputs on board, including a light sensor, ultrasonic sensor, line following sensors, a button, and an infrared receiver. The robot also includes an RGB LED, a buzzer, and two motor …

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Geeetech i3 Pro C Dual Extruder 3D Printer

Print two-color items with the Geeetech i3 Pro C Dual Extruder 3D Printer. (Photo credit: GETECH)

Build your own dual-extractor 3D printer with the Geeetech i3 Pro C Kit ($340). Once assembled, the i3 Pro C prints with ABS and PLA and is a great low-cost solution for builds that don’t require high precision. It has a layer height resolution of 0.1 …

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Light Up Your Bot with the AllPixel Kit

Seeed Technology's AllPixel kit makes it easy to control up to 700 LEDs as one. (Photo credit: Seeed Technology.)

Take control of your bot’s aesthetics with the AllPixel. This small device (2.7″ x 0.9″) makes it easy to control all major programmable LED strips via USB,including LPD8806, WS2801, WS2811/WS2812 (NeoPixel), WS2811 400kHz, APA102 (DotStar), TM1809, TM1803, TM1804, UCS1903, P9813, SM16716, LPD1886. All you need is some …

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An Easy to Animate, Six Legged Robot

Learn about robotics with this easy to assemble hexapod. (Photo credit: EZ-Robot.)

Meet Six, the hexapod from EZ-Robot. Six can balance on three legs and walk with four, which leaves the other legs free to push buttons, manipulate objects, or reach out for new footing. An camera in the head of the bot can identify QR codes, and …

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