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Sally Ride EarthKam Puts the World in Perspective for Kids

This photo from a 2012 Sally Ride EarthKam mission shows the Coral Sea. Photo courtesy of Sally Ride EarthKAM.

Children from around the world can request pictures from the International Space Station, via a new Sally Ride EarthKam mission. Teachers and homeschool instructors can sign-up in advance on the Sally Ride EarthKam Website, then log-in to make photo requests between January 27 to January 30. The photo requests are processed at the …

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Actobotics Parallel Gripper Kit A

Give your robot a hand with the Actobotics Parallel Gripper Kit A. (Photo courtesy of Servo City.)

Does your robot need to get a grip? The new Parallel Gripper Kit A from Actobotic could be the answer! The grippers on this part move toward each other in parallel to squeeze and hold the object of interest. It opens to a maximum width of 2.8″ but …

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Beagle 2 Found on Mars

By comparing images taken over the years, scientists have been able to identify parts of the Beagle 2 on the surface of Mars.

The UK’s Beagle 2 Mars Lander has been found on Mars, more than 10 years after it went missing. After analyzing and comparing images taken over a period of years by theHiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists have identified a parachute, the partially deployed Beagle 2, …

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Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Arduino Kit

Young engineers have enjoyed Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show for years. Watching her explain STEM concepts through project-based science is inspiring. Her latest book, Super Simple Arduino, brings the enthusiasm to a print format, to teach the very basics of working with an Arduino. Perfect for young …

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Robot Learns to Cook By Watching YouTube Videos

University of Maryland computer scientist Yiannis Aloimonos (center) is developing robotic systems that can learn by watching videos. (Photo courtesy of John T. Consoli.)

Humans often learn new skills by watching other people. Ideally, robots should be able to do the same. But interpreting human actions is challenging, even for the most intelligent robots. Now researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and the National Information Communications Technology Research Centre …

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New Dancing Dino from WowWee

WowWee's new robot, MiPosaur, can chase its trackball and gets angry when you pull his tail. Photo courtesy of WowWee.

WowWee’s latest creation is a robotic dinosaur that can dance and chase its ball. Known as the MiPosaur, this robot features two wheels, a biting mouth, and a long tail that helps it balance using a mobile inverted pendulum (MIP) design created with the UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab. The …

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MIT Suggests Robots Move Around to Make Sense of Objects

Researchers at MIT have proposed a new algorithm to speed up object identification. Photo Credit: Christine Daniloff and Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Robots would have an easier time identifying objects if they moved around while taking stock of their environment, according to researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). In a new study, the researchers explain that a standard algorithm for aggregating perspectives recognized four …

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ZUtA Labs Robot Printer Offers Portability

This portable printer works with any Wi-Fi-enabled device. Photo courtesy of ZUtA Labs.

ZUtA Labs of Israel has created a printer so small, it fits in your hand. Simply line the corner of the device up with the corner of any piece of paper, connect it wirelessly to a Wi-Fi-enabled device, and it’s ready to roll — literally. Rolling …

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AI Researchers Solve Heads-Up Limit Texas Hold’em Poker

Michael Bowling (left) and his colleagues in the Computer Poker Research Group at UAlberta have solved heads-up limit Texas hold 'em poker. Photo courtesy of John Ulan.

Gaming research has contributed significantly to the development of artificial intelligence over the last few decades. Now the Computer Poker Research Group at the University of Alberta in Canada has reached a new milestone: solving heads-up limit hold’em poker. “Poker has been a challenge problem for …

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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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Combining Video Games with Real Robot Battles

Reach Robotics' prototypes, Brute and Berserker, fight it out. Photo courtesy of Reach Robotics.

A small company in England is developing an interesting game that combines mobile apps with real-world, robotic combat. Using smart devices, players tell their robots — called Mecha Monsters — which actions to take in battle. Winning Mecha Monsters can level up to gain new skills. …

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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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