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Make Prototyping Easier with the ATmega Feather Basic Proto

The Feather 32u4 Basic Proto board. (Photo credit: Adafruit.)

One of many in Adafruit’s new line of tiny microcontrollers, the ATmega Feather Basic Proto is designed to make protoyping easier. The small prototyping area is perfect for adding a sensor or button. The onboard ATmega32u4 clocks at 8 MHz with 3.3V logic. It features 32K of flash and 2K of RAM, …

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New robot tries to hold our interest

Humanoids such as Hiro, above, would be better at engaging humans if they noticed when we weren't interested and adjusted the conversation accordingly. (Photo credit: Elhuyar Fundazioa)

Humans communicate using words and body language. When we sense the other person is distracted, we change the course of our conversation and our actions to regain their attention. Most robots, however, use monologue mechanisms even when engaging in dialogue with a person: they continue speaking in …

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Robotic worm for head surgery can cut around corners

NiLiBoRo is held in place during surgery using its expandable bladders. Researchers are currently optimizing the pocket geometry using multiple prototypes. (Photo credit: Fraunhofer IPA)

Removing tumors from within the inner ear is a very delicate matter that typically requires surgeons to remove the entire mastoid bone. However, in the future, all doctors will need to do is cut a tunnel of 5 mm in diameter through the bone using a …

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Space Station’s Robotic Arm Set for Arrival of Cygnus Cargo Craft

The International Space Station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, is visible over Earth in this Nov. 27, 2015 photograph. On Dec. 6, Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren operated the Canadarm2 from inside the station’s cupola, using it for the rendezvous and grapple of Orbital ATK’s …

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Making Simple Robots

Making Simple Robots is based on one idea: Anybody can build a robot! That includes kids, school teachers, parents, and non-engineers. If you can knit, sew, or fold a flat piece of paper into a box, you can build a no-tech robotic part.

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Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots

Mobile robots range from the Mars Pathfinder mission’s teleoperated Sojourner to the cleaning robots in the Paris Metro. This text offers students and other interested readers an introduction to the fundamentals of mobile robotics, spanning the mechanical, motor, sensory, perceptual, and cognitive layers the field comprises.

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Make: Electronics— Learning Through Discovery

Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? With Make: Electronics, you’ll start working on real projects as soon as you crack open the book. Explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments.

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Robot Building for Beginners

Robot Building for Beginners, Second Edition is an update of David Cook’s bestselling Robot Building for Beginners. This book continues its aim at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers.

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Pbl Robots – Robot Card Game

If you think that robot action is confined to labs and battle arenas... think again. Professional Bionics League (PBL) ROBOTS is a strategy dice & card game where you control a giant robot and try to blast away your competition.

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Flowstone Workshop 21

SOUNDS, SIGNALS, SYNTHS & SCOPES Welcome to the FlowStone Workshop number 21, where we give a beginners guide to computer programming using the FlowStone graphical programming language. In this issue we are going to look at how to program sound for your robots. One of the …

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Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

Engineers from around the world visited Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan to compete in the 23rd Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) June 5-8, 2015. Started in 1993, groups that participate in IGVC are judged for the navigation and design of their unmanned vehicles.

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International Space Station— Flying Over an Aurora

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly captured photographs and video of auroras on June 22, 2015. Kelly wrote, “Yesterday’s aurora was an impressive show from 250 miles up. Good morning from the International Space Station!” We are always looking for extremely striking images and again, the International Space …

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Hpi Bullet Mt Flux – Part II

This one has been great fun! We spent a lot of time pushing the driving capabilities of this vehicle to see what it can do. In a general sense… it’s too fast for some robotics applications as-is but has great potential so we got started. First, …

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