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Teaching robots the way we teach babies

Researchers used info on how babies follow an adult’s gaze to “teach” a robot to perform the same task. (Photo credit: University of Washington)

Babies learn about the world by exploring how their bodies move in space, grabbing toys, pushing things off tables and by watching and imitating what adults are doing. But when roboticists want to teach a robot how to do a task, they typically either write code …

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The Panavise Multi-Purpose Work Center (Model 350)

The MULTI-PURPOSE work holding tool for larger, heavier objects. It’s perfect for home repair or hobby needs! Self-centering, extra-wide opening jaws open a full 9” (228.6mm) and hold heavier objects by centering weight over base Parts Tray Base Mount adds stability [8.5” (215.9mm) diameter] and has …

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Build Your Own Actobotics Dual Motor Controller

The Actobotics Motor Driver can be purchased pre-assembled or as a kit. (Photo credit: Actobotics)

This tiny board can control two brushed DC motors. At 1.3″ x 3″ it also fits easily into an Actobotics channel or secures to the outside. Assembled, it weights only 0.60 oz. The has four operating modes: digital speed control (RC), analog speed control, split and servo. …

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Robot will Help Folks Lost in the Airport

The robot will have to navigate around glass partitions -- a tricky task for a bot! (Photo credit: LASS)

A robot will help passengers navigate the major Amsterdamn airport, Schiphol. The robot, which was built as part of a project called Spencer, map its surroundings. The project is funded by the European Commission and is a collaboration between researchers and businesses in five different countries. …

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