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Mike Hamer lives in Zürich, Switzerland, where he studies and researches robotics and computer learning at the ETH. Coming from a background of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mike is primarily focused on the control and software aspects of robotics, and has a particular interest in heterogeneous swarms, robot-human swarms, and distributed learning.
by   -   December 25, 2013

Perhaps you were inspired by and her experiences using the Thymio II in the classroom to motivate independent learning and discovery, or perhaps you saw the Thymio II on our Holiday Gift Ideas and just couldn’t resist. Either way, you’ve got your hands on a Thymio II and are wondering how to get started!

by   -   December 23, 2013

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Aisoy, a spanish robotics startup, is motivated by the goal of building intelligent, personal, “social” robots, which make our lives easier and funnier. Their robot, the Aisoy1, is their first step towards achieving this vision. Robohub recently caught up with the team, to talk about social robotics, the Aisoy1, and the startup culture in Spain.

by , ,   -   September 27, 2013

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The Girls of Steel – a competitive FIRST team located in Pittsburg, PA – is on a mission to draw more young women into engineering. We’ve already heard what it’s like to be part of an all-girls robotics team, we now catch up with the team’s mentors, Theresa Richards and George Kantor, to hear about their roles in inspiring and mentoring the team. Here’s what they have to say …

by ,   -   September 26, 2013

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Girls of Steel at the 2013 FIRST Championships. Photo credit: Walt Urbina.

The Girls of Steel – a competitive FIRST team located in Pittsburg, PA – is on a mission to draw more young women into engineering. We asked team members Mackenzie Ferris (16), Sylvie Lee (16), Molly Urbina (15), Lynn Urbina (17), and Becca Volk (15) to give us the inside scoop of what it’s like to be part of an all-girls robotics team. Here’s what they have to say …

by   -   September 15, 2013

Since posting the call for contributions in August, 2013, I was contacted by many enthusiastic and inspiring individuals who were interested in sharing their experience with budding roboticists.

Starting on September 23rd 2013, Robohub’s focus on robotics education featured original articles and tutorials from educators, students, hobbyists and expert roboticists, with the goal of putting a spotlight on robotics education, and to inspiring budding roboticists of all ages to take the next step in their robotics education.

by   -   August 8, 2013

In light of the popularity of his AR.Drone tutorials, we have invited Robohub contributor Mike Hamer to act as Guest Editor for our next focus series “Getting Started in Robotics.”

Like many children who show an early interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), my childhood years were spent constructing Lego masterpieces and deconstructing household electronics.

by   -   July 1, 2013

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This is the third tutorial in the Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS series.

In this tutorial we will:

  1. Learn about the AR.Drone’s state feedback (and how it is handled by ROS)
  2. Learn about the AR.Drone’s tag detection
  3. Program our first ROS nodes: A subscriber and a publisher
by   -   June 11, 2013

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A new video released today by researchers from the Flying Machine Arena shows how a quadrocopter is able to learn from prior experience to improve future performance.

This new research is an extension of results published last year by the same group, which show how quadrocopters can learn to fly high-performance slalom courses (video).

Much like humans learn through repetition and practice, the quadrocopter repeatedly flies the slalom course, records any errors made and then tries to compensate for these errors during the next attempt.

by   -   January 4, 2013

This is the second tutorial in the Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS series.

In this tutorial we will:

  1. Talk about the ROS communication hierarchy
  2. Setup a joystick to work with ROS
  3. Fly the AR.Drone with a joystick
by   -   December 10, 2012

Updated December 17th.

In this tutorial (#1) we will:

  1. Install ROS, the AR.Drone driver and AR.Drone keyboard controller
  2. Fly the AR.Drone using the provided keyboard controller
by   -   November 20, 2012

Released yesterday by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization, the report Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots (herein: the report) and associated press release and video (below), warn of the increasing governmental interest in autonomous, “killer” robots, and the dangers that such technology would pose if ever allowed onto the battlefield.

by   -   November 8, 2012

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Robot Dragonfly from TechJect. Developed over four years by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology for the US Air Force, the researchers are now investigating commercial and consumer opportunities through their recently released campaign on the crowd-funding website, IndieGoGo.

by   -   October 23, 2012

As part of the IM-CLeVeR project, the IDSIA robotics laboratory recently released a video-overview of their work on the technologies, architectures and algorithms required to give an iCub robot more human-like abilities. This includes the ability to reason about and manipulate its local environment, and in the process, to acquire new skills that can be applied to future problems.


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