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by   -   January 16, 2017

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In this fascinating animation from Oxford Sparks, we take a look at how statistics and computer science can be used to make machines that learn for themselves, without being explicitly programmed.

by   -   January 13, 2017

arm_illustrationSo – you’ve built a robot arm. Now you’ve got to figure out how to control the thing. This was the situation I found myself in a few months ago, during my Masters project, and it’s a problem common to any robotic application: you want to put the end (specifically, the “end effector”) of your robot arm in a certain place, and to do that you have to figure out a valid pose for the arm which achieves that. This problem is called inverse kinematics (IK), and it’s one of the key problems in robotics.

by   -   December 26, 2016
Image: Festo
Image: Festo

Ask a child to design a robot, and they’ll produce a drawing that looks a little like you or I—the parts may be gray and boxy, but it will have two arms, two legs, and a head (probably with an antenna coming out of the top). Starting from the beginning of robotics, the human form has seemed like an excellent starting point. One of the best places to draw inspiration for robotic design, however, is the kingdom of insects, arachnids, snails, and slugs.

by and   -   December 14, 2016
Photo: 2016-2017 Girls of Steel Robotics students in grades 8 to 12.
Photo: 2016-2017 Girls of Steel Robotics students in grades 8 to 12.

The Girls of Steel – a competitive FIRST team in Pittsburg, PA – is on a mission to engage more young women into engineering. Over the last few years, we’ve heard what it’s like to be part of an all-girls robotics team and spoke with team’s mentors. Now, we’re following up with the team to talk about their successes and developments since being listed in our 25 Women in Robotics list.

by   -   December 9, 2016

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Robotics is becoming more accessible for many people, but the complexities of legged robots mean they remain beyond the reach of most consumers. The complex mechanics, electronics and code algorithms make these robots much more difficult to simply get working. Four legged robots are especially difficult, they might seem very stable but simply lifting a leg up can cause the robot to fall.

QuadBot is an open-source, 3D printed robot that aims to change this.

by   -   November 25, 2016

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The Car Hacker’s Handbook A Guide for the Penetration Tester is a book about how to interface with cars to read from onboard systems, spoof devices, and control the vehicle on your own. I enjoyed this book, it is easily the best book I found on learning how to use a CAN bus.

by   -   November 17, 2016

Teenage roboticist Ben Vagle shares his insights on designing and developing TrotBot: a walking mechanism with the gait of a galloping horse and a very high footstep to tackle obstacles

The use of robotic tutors in primary school classrooms is one step closer according to research recently published in the open access journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.

by   -   October 31, 2016

Support a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund Root: the coding robot for all ages.

interview by   -   October 31, 2016

Kids learn the basics of locomotion through a robot simulation game.

by   -   October 28, 2016

George Fomitchev, CEO and founder of Endurance Robots, compares the effectiveness of five different adhesives for 3D printing applications

by   -   October 14, 2016
Source: RoboGabby/YouTube
Source: RoboGabby/YouTube

Gabby has five goals to achieve this school year. The first goal sounds like any other young middle schooler: get straight As in her classes. Goal number two: get accepted into her school’s robotics team, followed closely by number three: to own her first VEX IQ Robotics kit. That’s when you may realize, Gabby is an extraordinary middle schooler!

by   -   October 6, 2016

Ricardo Tellez discusses The Construct approach to learning how to programme robotics and utilising the Robot Ignite Academy.

by   -   September 22, 2016
TReX (Tethered Robotic Explorer). Credit: utiasASRL/YouTube
TReX (Tethered Robotic Explorer). Credit: utiasASRL/YouTube

Some people swear all tethers are bad. Some recommend attaching a tether to robots in order to provide power (to save the mass and volume of the batteries), for reliable fast communications, transfer of pressure or fluid, to track a robot’s position, or as a safety harness (in case the robot needs to be dragged out). However, before designing a tether there are several things you need to consider.

interview by   -   September 17, 2016

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In this episode, Ron Vanderkley interviews Jürgen “Juxi” Leitner, a researcher at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Robots Vision in the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Leitner speaks about a system being developed for the Google Lunar XPrize, called LunaRoo.





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