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Ubooly: A Robot for the Pre-School Set

The Ubooly plush toy is lined with memory foam to protect your tablet or phone from the whims of toddlers.

Handing over any electronic device to a two-year old is a big risk. Wrap an app in a stuffed animal, however, and you’ve just upped the cuteness factor and decreased the chance of breaking the screen. Enter Ubooly: an interactive toy that uses your smart phone or …

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Robot Bat Glides and Jumps With Ease

MultiMo-Bat researcher Matthew Woodward stands still while his creation jumps over his head. The images of the robot in it's various stages of locomotion were taken with a high-speed video camera. Photo courtesy of Matthew Woodward.

A new robot inspired by the vampire bat can jump and glide efficiently, reaching heights of more than 9 feet. The robot, called MultiMo-Bat, was designed to explore new strategies for integrating multiple modes of mobility and enhance the performance of small-scale robotic systems. “Current works …

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A Very Handy Ball for a Game of Robotic Pick Up

The Versaball takes a novel approach to picking up objects: using suction and a granular substance, the ball molds itself around each item. Photo Courtesy of Empire Robotics.

A unique gripper system called the Versaball made it’s first appearance as a commercial product last month, at the International Manufacturing Trade Show in Chicago. Built by Empire Robotics, the Versaball is not a typical robot hand. It can pick up a wide range of items without lifting a …

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Can Female Robots Help Humans Overcome Gender Stereotypes?

Robot Man and Woman

Taezoon Park, an associate professor in Soongsil University in South Korea, raises some interesting questions about human-robot interaction in Harvard Business Review this week. Park notes past research on the subject suggests humans view robots as social actors. Park suggests that as a consequence, robots could …

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Learn C with a Robot that’s Ready to Climb

The RP6V2-C was designed as a fun way to introduce students to the C programming language.

If your love of robots predates the Web, you probably remember a little guy called the Rug Warrior Pro. Without any formal training in electronics and only one other robot under my belt, the Rug Warrior Pro was a real challenge for me to make. It probably spent …

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Combining a Human Brain with Rat Eyes for Better Navigation

Michael Milford with one of the robots he plans to use with his human-rat hybrid navigation system. Photo Courtesy of Queensland University of Technology.

Roboticists often look to the living world for guidance on locomotion. There are countless robots designed to move like animals: some run like cheetahs, others slither like snakes, and a few even fly like insects. Michael Milford thinks roboticists should consider a two-pronged, biomimetic approach to …

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Control Your Computer with Bananas!

With a MaKey MaKey circuit board, you can use any conductive items -- even bananas -- as an interface for computer applications.

Bored with your keyboard? Is your mouse a bit mundane? Perhaps you’d like to use fruits and vegetables to control your computer. Now you can, with a cool little circuit board called MaKey MaKey. Just collect items around your home that conduct electricity and connect each …

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Robot Spy Moves Stealthily Through Water

Researchers at MIT have developed a sneaky underwater robot intended to find ships with illegally imported goods. The robot, which resembles a two-tone football, was built using a 3D printer. It consists of two halves: one is waterproof and contains the electronics, accelerometers, gyroscopes and the battery. …

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Chinese “Big Dog” Revealed

The Chinese military recently revealed their counterpart to the Boston Dynamics Big Dog "pack mule" quadruped robot designed to carry supplies over rough terrain, walking along with troops.

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Squirmy Robot Shakes off Any Abuse!

A rubbery robot with no skeleton moves through snow, mud and ice, and is impervious to fire and bounces back even if run over by a car!

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Vertical Take-Off and Landing Robot Advance!

New vertical take-off and landing aircraft UAV design developed by NASA is said to be 4X more efficient than conventional helicopters. The key is distributing the power across many small electric propulsion systems on the UAV.

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LS3 Robot Mule from Boston Dynamics in Testing

Lance Cpl. Brandon Dieckmann, infantryman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and native of Las Vegas, leads the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) at a Kahuku, Hawaii, training area, July 12, 2014, during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise.

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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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