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Build Upons LEDs will Light Up Your Lego

Brighten up your Lego creations with compatible LEDs. (Photo courtesy of Sparkfun.)

These little LEDs are more than just brick-ish. They are perfectly compatible with Lego! So take that Lego vehicle and add some working headlights or make your robot’s baby blues really shine! Each LED is precisely the same size as a Lego 1 x 1 brick. …

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Make Bredboarding Easier with 5eBoards

Build a better circuit with a 5eBoard. (Photo credit: 5eTek)

A little color can go a long way, even when bread boarding! The 5eBoardTM system uses different colors of electrically connected blocks so that you can functionally label the parts of your circuit. This makes prototyping, debuging, and testing circuits faster and easier. Create digital and …

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Next-Gen Robotic Materials Will Autonomously Change to Suit Needs

This soft robot, developed at Correll Lab is made of an autonomous material that rolls using distributed control. (Photo credit: Correll Lab.)

Prosthetics with a realistic sense of touch. Bridges that detect and repair their own damage. Vehicles with camouflaging capabilities. Advances in materials science, distributed algorithms, and manufacturing processes are bringing all of these things closer to reality every day, says a new review written by Nikolaus …

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Meet Baxter’s Brother, Sawyer

Sawyer is faster, stronger and more precise that his brother, Baxter. (Photo credit: Rethink Robotics.)

Rethink Robotics has announced a new addition to their robot family: Sawyer, a single-armed robot designed for machine tending, circuit board testing and other high-precision jobs. You can certainly see the family resemblance between Baxter and Sawyer. Both robots feature the same face screen with simple …

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Robot Study Shows Body Posture Influences Infant Learning

A robot is taught to distinguish between two objects as part of research on the effect of body posture on infant learning. (Photo credit: University of Plymouth)

Research with robots has determined that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. The project offers a new approach to studying the ways of cognition, such as how words or memories of physical objects, are tied to the position of the body. “This study shows that the …

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Small, Low-Cost Sound Board for Your Next Electronics Project

This little board can add 16 MG of audio -- no microprocessor required! (Photo credit: Adafruit.)

The Adafruit Audio FX Mini Sound Board ($19.95) is a great solution if you want your next electronics project to make a little noise. The board doesn’t require an Arduino — or any other microprocessor or additional memory — to run. All it needs is a …

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Yamaha Industrial Robot Makes Disco Debut on Custom, Lighted Dance Floor

The 360 SCARA shows off its moves on the dance floor. (Photo credit: Yamaha Robotics.)

Normally, it’s all work and no play for factory robots. But one lucky bot at Yamaha Robotics in Indiana has a custom-made disco floor and knows how to use it. Soon the robot will be traveling to Chicago and dancing in front of a live audience …

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3D Print A Wriggle Bot Project Files

In our article "3D Print A Wriggle Bot", from the MayJun Issue of Robot Magazine, Andrew Russell describes exactly how to put together your own small robot completely from scratch. Within this post are the files you can download to get your project underway very quickly.

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A 3D Printer That Makes An Artful Pancake

The PancakeBot will print your art in batter. (Photo credit: Storebound.)

Turn your sketches into perfect pancakes with PancakeBot! Import your designs into the PancakeBot software and then retrace your image, making sure to the do the lines you want darkest first. The software creates a file that can be stored on an SD card. Insert the …

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Underwater Robot Locates Sunken Japanese Battleship

With the help of an underwater robot, researchers were able to tour the wreckage of lost Japanese battleship Musashi. (Photo credit: Paul G. Allen.)

Bluefin Robotics underwater autonomous vehicles scour the ocean floors around the world looking for items critical to the defense industry, oceanographic researchers, and the oil and gas industry. Most recently, a Bluefin vehicle was used by Paul G. Allen and his team of researchers in their …

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Gobbit Combines Basic Soldering, Breadboarding, Construction, and Coding

Give your kids a chance to learn the basics with the Gobbit kit. (Photo credit: Zagros Robotics.)

When children first get excited about robotics, they are often too young to really know what aspect they’ll enjoy best. Will they like breadboarding and soldering? Will they enjoy putting together the chassis? Or will they fall in love with coding? Ideally, a starter kit should …

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Teaching Kids Modern Coding Strategies with Stickers

MIT researchers say their sticker system encourage young children to learn the fundamental of coding. (Photo credit: Bryce Vickmark)

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed stickers for teaching young children to code. “It’s a sandbox for exploring computational concepts, but it’s a sandbox that comes to the children’s world,” Michal Gordon, lead author on a new paper about the stickers, said in a press release. …

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BQ PrintBot: A Great Choice for a First Robotics Project

This 3D printed bot could be programmed to follow lines, or seek out the sun. (Photo credit: PrintME 3D.)

The BQ PrintBot (£59.00) was designed as a hobby robot — something for parents to build with their kids, where both could have fun and learn. With this kit, and a little programming know-how, your family could easily make a line-following or light-seeking robot. The 3D-printed …

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