Monday, September 16, 2019

Plug & Play

Meet Your Mom, As a Robot

Owners can select from several animated characters to help them throughout the day. Photo courtesy of Robotbase.

If you live in a bungalow and wish your mom lived there too, the new bot from Robotbase might be perfect for you. It will wake you up in the morning, nag you to go on dates, tell you how to cook your food, and interrupt …

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3D Electronics Printer Poised to Revolutionize Robotics

Voxel8's 3D Electronics Printer uses highly conductive silver ink and plastics to create circuits that are truly built into the product. (Photo courtesy of Voxel8.)

Voxel8 is poised to revolutionize robotics, by printing far more than thermoplastics or UV resins. The unique machine can also print silver ink that is 5000 times more conductive than the conductive pastes and filaments that are commonly used in 3D printing today. The printer has …

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SimplyTronics’ New Board Combines BoE, Arduino, and Better Power Management

The SimplyTronics Educational (ST EDU) Board combines an Arduino, the Parallax BOE board and extra features on to one board. (Photo courtesy of Simplytronics.)

SimplyTronics has developed a new board to make it even easier for students to study robotics. The SimplyTronics Educational (ST EDU) Board effectively combines an Arduino Uno and the popular Board of Education Shield that SimplyTronics developed years ago with Parallax. The ST EDU board can …

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New and Improved 3Doodler Pen

The 3Doodler 2.0 offers temperature and speed controls. Photo courtesy of WobbleWorks.

The folks at WobbleWorks LLC recently announced a new version of their popular 3D Printing Pen: the 3Doodler 2.0. WobbleWorks says the new version of the pen is thinner, lighter, and easier to use. Just like the previous model, the 3Doodler 2.0 works much like a pen …

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Simplify Prototyping with SparkFun’s Pi Wedge B+

SparkFun's Pi Wedge B+ makes it easy to breadboard your Raspberry Pi B+ ideas. Photo courtesy of Sparkfun.

Prototyping with a Raspberry Pi B+ is a lot easier with the Pi Wedge B+ by Sparkfun. The small, T-shaped board comes as a kit. Once built, it connects to the 40-pin GPIO connector on the Raspberry Pi B+, and breaks out the pins so that …

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Print Your Own OddBot

Oddbot can be made using just about any 3D printer. Photo credit: Olaf Diegel.

Print your own bot with a little help from design engineer Olaf Diegel. Normally, Diegel spends his time making specialty guitars. But he was inspired to build a bot using his 3D printer, and share all of what he learned. The open-source robot features mecanum wheels, which let …

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Pimoroni Skywriter HAT 3D Gesture Sensor

Detect finger movements with the Pimoroni Skywriter HAT 3D Gesture Sensor. Photo courtesy of Pimoroni.

Give your Raspberry Pi robot the power of gesture recognition with the Pimoroni Skywriter HAT 3D gesture sensor. The electrical field sensor works with Raspberry Pi A+ or B+ boards to detect the movement of fingers hovering above. With full Python API you can read off the positional data …

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Learn How to Build Robot Parts in Solidworks

During the Solidworks 101 course, participants learn about CAD by designing parts for AMPY the robot, above. Photo courtesy of Solidworks 101.

If you’ve always wanted to design your own robot parts but don’t know much about CAD software, a new course by industrial designer Adam O’Hern will get your up to speed. The online course, called Solidworks 101, is designed to teach beginners how to use the software for real-world applications. Ultimately, participants …

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Need More Sketch Space? Get the Arduino ISP

Burn your bootloader with the Arduino ISP. Photo courtesy of Arduino.

Have a hefty script that simply won’t fit on your Arduino? With the Arduino ISP you can get rid the bootloader on any Arduino AVR-based boards and use the space the bootloader normally takes up. Simply upload a sketch with the external programmer and the boot loader is removed, leaving …

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A More Powerful Brain for Lego Robots

Make your Lego robots more powerful with the EVB. Photo courtesy of FatCatLab.

Looking for a smarter brain for your Lego robot? Check out the EVB: A a replacement for the EV3 that acts as a shield, or cape, for the BeagleBone Black and is compatible with all Lego sensors. In fact, with the extra sensor board in the EVB …

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Expand Your Sensing Capabilities with a Vernier Shield

Sparkfun's Vernier Interface Shield makes it easy to connect multiple sensors made by Vernier Software and Technology. Photo courtesy of Sparkfun.

Imagine moving beyond the basic light, ultrasonic, infrared and touch sensors to really explore your environment. Now you can easily connect all of the sensors made by Vernier Software & Technology to your Arduino project, with the Vernier Interface Shield from SparkFun. Vernier has been making …

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Meet RiQ, A New Bot For STEM Education

RiQ the robot features a variety of sensors and an easy to use, drag-and-drop programming environment. Photo courtesy of PCS Edventures Lab.

STEM enthusiasts, rejoice! There’s a new bot designed for kids nine and up! The wheeled robot, called RiQ, uses durable fischertechnik components made of nylon and steel. With ultrasonic, infrared, light, and touch sensors, this new bot can perform of range of tricks. For example, kids can program …

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New Self-Balancing, Reconfigurable Pi Bot Recognizes Faces

This PiKit robot balances itself upright and can be programmed to avoid obstacles, recognize faces, and follow lines. Photo courtesy of Anima Technika.

A new series of robotics components are available via Indiegogo. Made by the Slovakian robotics company Anima Robotics, the centerpiece of the kit is a small, black box with four buttons called the PiController. The PiController comes in two flavors: Raspberry ($289) and Banana ($299). Each black box also includes 3 – axis …

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