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Program Like A Pro

Modern programming techniques emphasize rapid development (quick time to market), high-level programming languages such as Java, C++, PHP and Perl, and layers of abstraction that isolate programmers from underlying computing hardware

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Build Winning FIRST Robots

FIRST Robots: Behind the Design by Vince Wilczynski and Stephanie Slezycki;  foreword by Dean Kamen; afterword by Woodie Flowers Rockport Publishers Design and build a 100-pound robot to play in a three-on-three game of hoops. Your robot must be robust enough to play in many rounds and take the abuse of collisions with other …

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Unmanned Systems AG Merges into Swiss UAV

Courtesy of: “Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International” . . July 8 marked the merger of Swiss-based Unmanned Systems AG, parent company of the Unmanned Systems Group, and Swiss UAV. UMS will acquire a majority of SUAV. This change allows Unmanned Systems AG’s overseas operating focus …

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X-47B UCAS-D Makes Historic Carrier Landing

Courtesy of: “Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International” . . On July 10, Northrop Grumman’s X-47B’s aircraft completed an important catapult launch and landing from aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush while using Wind River’s VxWorks real-time operating system software platform. This launch and landing is …

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DARPA ATLAS Humanoid Robot is Here

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” Get ready for endless “Atlas Shrugged” jokes in the media. DARPA has made the first official news release showing video of their new ATLAS humanoid robot. ATLAS was built by Boston Dynamics and …

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Shadow Test Marks UAS Control Segment’s Flight Debut

Courtesy of: “Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International” . . A recent U.S. Army Shadow unmanned aircraft flight marked a major milestone for the development of the UAS Control Segment (UCS) architecture, which aims to establish common control between Army, Air Force and Navy UAS. Go …

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EUROCONTROL Update

Courtesy of: “Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International” . . The July EUROCONTROL Corporate newsletter includes an update on their UAS integration efforts. According to the newsletter, 15 European countries are now conducting routine small UAS operations under visual line-of-sight operations, and some have even allowed …

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NASA Bill Calls for More UAS Data Cooperation

Courtesy of: “Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International” . . On 8 July, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), introduced the 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Authorization bill (H.R. 2616). The bill would continue NASA’s cooperative work with the FAA and other federal agencies on the …

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Evolutionary Robotics

Now imagine if you could teach your robot what to do. Evolutionary Robotics seeks to present a method of doing just that. The book was published in 2000; a bit ahead of its time, but the then advanced concepts are now starting to become necessary in the mainstream. The book will challenge you to make a leap in thinking about how you build control programs for your robots.

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Random Robot Roundup

If you have a lot of hobby robot experience combined with business experience, New Jersey tool-making company Micro Mark might be looking for you.

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CMU Team Places 2nd at RoboCup 2013

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” According to a CMU news release, CMU’s robot soccer team, the CMDragons, placed second in the RoboCup 2013 finales mid-sized league. They were beaten by the ZJUNlict team from China’s Zhejiang University. In …

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Robotics by Invitation: Send us your questions!

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” For the past six months a panel of robotics experts has been answering monthly questions on robotics for Robotics by Invitation. For example, this month’s question was “What would you research if you …

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DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge Winners

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” Remember that big DARPA Robotics Challenge for humanoid robots that we posted about in October 2012? The first phase, known as the Virtual Robotics Challenge, is now complete. Tim Smith over at the …

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