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Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano

From: Robotshop & Lynxmotion This little gem is designed as a MultiRotor controller but it has many of the necessities of a standard ground robot as well. One of these will be used in a Robot Magazine Test Build of the new HQuad 500 Quadrotor coming …

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A Smaller Makey Makey

Use anything conductive as a button with the single-input Makey Makey Go. (Photo credit:

You probably remember the original Makey Makey as the device that made computing hilarious because it lets you use anything conductive as a button. The new Makey Makey Go now brings that same hilarity to a smaller format. Designed by PhDs from MIT, the device is …

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A Sturdy Set of Extra Hands

This 4-arm Helping Handing system comes with a 5x Magnifying Glass. (Photo credit: BadgerFly Products.)

Robot builders know how hard it can be two solder together wires and other small items without burning yourself. For that, everyone needs a good set of helping hands. No, not your brother’s appendages! I’m talking about hands that come with alligator clips and don’t care …

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Developing a Nursing Robot for Ebola Patients

This pulse xenon UV disinfection robot can kill c.diff in five minutes. Motion sensors guard the door while it cleans. (Photo courtesy of Xenex.)

Researchers at Oregon State University‘s Ebola Treatment Unit have been testing a Baxter robot to see how it might perform as a nurse. Let’s just say, hospital staff shouldn’t fear for their jobs just yet. A video uploaded by the team shows the robot as it …

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Pi-Based Tiddlybot Follows and Draws Lines

The Tiddlybot is a Raspberry Pi powered robot that can follow lines and draw. (Photo credit: Pibot Team.)

Tiddlybot is an easy-to-build robot that can connect to any smartphone, tablet or PC that supports HTML. Run it as a remote controlled toy, or program it using a custom Blockly interface. The robot features two servos, line sensors and multicolored LEDs. There’s even a spot …

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Project Using Drones to Assess Farmland Wins $100K

(From left) MIT $100K co-director Marc Chalifoux; RaptorMaps team members Eddie Obropta, Nikhil Vadhavkar, and Forrest Meyen; event host Krisztina Holly; and MIT $100K co-director Jacob Auchincloss. (Photo credit: MIT $100K)

A new project at MIT will use drones to monitor crops. Known as RaptorMaps, the project involves flying drones over farmland collecting images to track crop health and hopefully boost yields. “We are making drones to feed the world,” said Forrest Meyen, a PhD student in …

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Playful, Open-Source Robot for Kids

We’re in a boom period for Arduino-based bots launched via Kickstarter! The latest is Voootex: a little white semicircle that can be driven remotely or programmed. The Voootex includes a speaker, proximity sensors, line following sensors, 12 RGB LEDs, two motor encoders. (It also has an …

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Rokit Smart: The Educational Robot That Can Be Built 12 Different Ways

Robolink of San Diego, California has released a new product designed to teach students about robot construction and program on Kickstarter. Known as the Rokit Smart ($129), this table-top robot can be built in 12 different ways. It comes with many programs pre-loaded, and the Hacker’s …

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Researchers Highlight Potential Security Issues for Telerobotic Surgery

UW reseachers mounted cyberattacks while study participants used the Raven II surgical robotic system to move rubber blocks on a pegboard. (Photo credit: University of Washington)

A University of Washington engineering team hacked a next-generation teleoperated surgical robot to see how easily they could hijack the system and operate it remotely.  Fortunately, the hijacked robot was on that’s only used for research purposes, and, at the time, was actually being used with …

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BattleBots Returns to TV

The sparks will fly at Battlebots, no doubt! (Photo credit: Battlebots.)

BattleBots is back, and you can be part of the live audience as a VIP guest. Not only will you witness the awesome spectacle of robot-on-robot, metal-munching- mayhem, but you might be seen on the TV show (airing this Summer on ABC)!Bring your friends, bring your …

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Robot Desk Automatically Adjusts to Your Preferences, Orders Sandwiches

A novel desk that automatically adjusts its height to meet your needs has received full funding on Kickstarter. Each desk, which will be built by a company called Autonomous, will also respond to voice commands. The designers say the desk will act as a virtual assistant …

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Robots in Easy-to-Manage Swarm Share Data for Optimal Planning

Gliding fingers across the tablet shift the position of red beams of light that appear on the floor. An algorithm causes the robots to seek out the light and attempt to evenly cover the lit areas. (Photo credit: Georgia Tech.)

A new system designed at Georgia Institute of Technology can control a swarm of robots, simply by using one finger to shift a beam of light. Each robot is also flexible enough to develop its own plan, based on input received from others in the swarm. …

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PCSV Webinar on the Future of Robotics in STEM Education

PCS Edventures!.com, Inc. (PCSV), a leading provider of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, today announced its upcoming webinar about the Future of Robotics in STEM Education. Robotics in classrooms is growing around the globe, and PCS Edventures aims to be at the forefront …

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