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Not A Flashback – ABC Says BattleBots Are Back!!!

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From 2000 to 2002 the TV series Battlebots on Comedy Central was hot and well talked about and even remained hot in reruns for years.  Now, word on the street is that ABC will be bringing it back for all to enjoy with NEW EPISODES! Here …

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Innovation at Kickstarter – RoboCORE: the heart of your personal robot

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Husarion, a Poland-based technology start-up, announced it is seeking funding for RoboCORE, a device that acts as the “heart” of the DIY robot. RoboCORE offers the ultimate solution to building your own robot without requiring high level programming skills. Husarion founders are looking to raise $50,000 …

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Go Places With The Nomad 4WD Off-Road Chassis Kit

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This is the Nomad 4WD Off-Road Chassis kit! A remarkably easy to assemble robotic platform capable of taking you places a normal chassis can’t go. What makes this chassis kit great is not only its vast amount of attachment points for various add-ons, but also the …

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More Control With A Force Servo – Check It Out!

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Force servo is a new type of a servo drive for remotely controlled devices. The majority of modern servo drives maintain a controlled position of the arm. Other servo drives are responsible for cyclic rotation with variable speed. Force Servo or F-Servo is a servo drive with controllable action force. …

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The Arduino-Compatible Scamper Robot Kit

The basic, assembled Scamper robot. (Photo courtesy of Dagu Hi-Tech Electronics.)

The Scamper Robot Kit looks like a lot of fun for those who enjoy integrating art and robotics. Among other things, the bot can be used to draw programmed patterns. The creators of the bot have even been experimenting with using a 100 mL syringe to release …

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Design Giant Robot Parts, Win Prizes!

Think you can design a better bot? Enter for a chance to win $2500! (Photo credit: Megabots.)

MegaBots and Autodesk are hosting design and mechanical engineering competitions. Two $2,500 prizes are up for grabs in the design competition, for the best armor plating. In addition to the cash prize, these two winners will enjoy seeing their designs created in miniature. The MiniBots will even …

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Leading AI Researcher Says Fully Autonomous Vehicles Are Far From Imminent

Shlomo Zilberstein, a professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, wants to uncover the subtle elements of human behavior need to carefully considered in order to create reliable semi-autonomous systems. (Photo credit: UMass Amherst)

Excited by the prospect of a fully-autonomous vehicle? Don’t hold your breath! Shlomo Zilberstein, the conference committee chair the 29th conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence(AAAI) in Austin, Texas, says such vehicles are likely a long way off. Zilberstein studies the way artificial agents …

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New Shield Makes Integrating Arduino with Lego Sensors and Motors Easy

The EVShield lets roboticists take advantage of the power of Arduino and the easy connectivity of Lego sensors and motors. (Photo credit: OpenElectrons.com)

Want to use all of your Lego sensors and motors with an Arduino? The EVShield makes it easy. The board pops on top of any Arduino Uno, Duemilanove, or Leonard, to let roboticists take advantage of all of their easy-to-connect Lego EV3 /NXT sensors and motors, …

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Upgrade Your Electronic Fashion Sense with this Wearables Kit

With the 21st Century Fashion Kit, you can create truly functional fashion. (Photo credit: Sparkfun)

Want to make your shoes light up when you walk, or your skirt change from ankle length to mid thigh based on the temperature? With a little electronics knowledge you can easily integrate your love of robotics with your love of fashion, and create functional clothes …

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New ARX STEM Video Based Robotics Curriculum

New ARX STEM Video Based Robotics Curriculum

The ARX STEM Video Based Curriculum from Global Specialties is a turn-key, ten-week STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) course using the ARX ASURO Robot. Students will learn basic electronics, mechatronics (robotics), and programming in the C language. No need for teachers to have previous robotics experience …

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Boston Dynamic’s New Quadruped is Quiet, Robust, and Generally Cool

Spot can handle a swift kick, even on slippery, uneven terrain. (Photo credit: Boston Dynamics.)

Boston Dynamics isn’t saying much about their new robot, Spot, but the video posted to YouTube yesterday speaks volumes. The quadroped is significantly quieter than the company’s previous efforts in this area, and also appears to be faster and more nimble. It easily climbs steep hills, …

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Raspberry Pi 2 Considerably Faster, But Camera Shy

The Raspberry Pi 2 offers a faster processor and more memory than the B+. But it has a problem with Xenon. (Photo courtesy of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.)

With a quad core ARMv7 processor running at 900mHZ, the freshest Pi in the shop — the Raspberry Pi 2 — is considerably faster than its predecessors. In fact, it boasts speeds of up to six times faster! It also offers twice as much memory, with …

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Octopus-Inspired Robot Speeds Through Water

his 30cm-long, self-propelling robot moves faster than any other underwater vehicle, in part because of it's outer elastic hull. (Photo courtesy of the University of Southampton.)

Researchers at the University of Southampton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology have built a speedy, underwater robot modeled after an octopus. The robot features a 3D printed skeleton but has no moving parts or energy storage device, aside from …

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