Building character AI through machine learning

Modern character AI could be better. I’m unaware of any NPCs or electronic toy characters that can sustain an illusion of life over more than an hour. They suffer from predictability, simplicity, a...
01 February 2017, by

What is machine learning?

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....
16 January 2017, by

Robotics, maths, python: A fledgling computer scientist’s guide to inverse kinematics

So – 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 c...
13 January 2017, by

Designing robots with bugs??

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 ant...
26 December 2016, by

‘It’s a reminder we are making a difference in the world’: Girls of Steel follow up

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 ...
14 December 2016, by and

QuadBot: The 3D printed crab-bot scuttling beyond its Kickstarter goal

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 ...
09 December 2016, by

Book review: The Car Hacker’s Handbook, by Craig Smith

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 th...
25 November 2016, by

TrotBot tackles rough terrain

[embed][/embed] Hi, I'm Ben. I was a member of the team that developed a new walking mechanism, TrotBot, that we eventually scaled up to the size of a min...
17 November 2016, by

Robotics tutor for primary school children

By: Ian Salter 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...

Root: A robot for all ages to learn coding

Robohub Crowdfunding Support a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund Root: the coding robot for all ages! Root is a robot, originally developed at Harvard University, that helps anyone from four to ...
31 October 2016, by



Teach Xemo to Move, with Jeff Sprenger

In this episode, Abate De Mey interviews Jeff Sprenger, founder of the startup Xemory in Vermont, USA. At Xemory they are developing a robot simulation game called Xemo, where players learn to animate...
31 October 2016, by

Sticky business: Five adhesives tested for 3D printing

[embed][/embed] We compared five adhesives for 3D printing applications on a Wanhao Duplicator i3. We’ll print a PLA (polylactide) cube, 1х1х1 cm in ...
28 October 2016, by

Meet RoboGabby: She’s on a mission to teach more girls about robotics

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 t...
14 October 2016, by

Adjust how you learn and quickly pick up robotics programming

"The biggest obstacle preventing robotics going mainstream is not having good programmers able to program robots," Brian Gerkey, CEO of the Open Source Robotics Foundation. Learning to program robots...
06 October 2016, by

Should your robot have a tether?

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 ...
22 September 2016, by



LunaRoo, with Jürgen Leitner

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 spe...
17 September 2016, by

Robotiq launches DoF: A community for robotics professionals

Robotiq has just launched a new community called DoF. This is an open community where industrial automation professionals share their know-how and get answers to accelerate their robotics projects....
12 September 2016, by

Installing and running time synchronization, with chrony

Time synchronization affects many robots. Robots have more computers and sensors, so keeping everything in sync is important. Trying to look through log files where all of the times are skewed is not...
26 August 2016, by

Make your own Dtto Modular Robot – Assembly instructions (Part 3 of 3)

Dtto v2.0 is a modular self-reconfigurable robot focused on bio-inspired locomotion mechanisms. This tutorial shows how to assemble a fully working Dtto Modular Robot module....
24 August 2016, by

Make your own Dtto Modular Robot – Assembly instructions (Part 2 of 3)

Dtto v2.0 is a modular self-reconfigurable robot focused on bio-inspired locomotion mechanisms. This tutorial shows how to assemble a fully working Dtto Modular Robot module....
23 August 2016, by

Make your own Dtto Modular Robot – Assembly instructions (Part 1 of 3)

This tutorial shows how to assemble a fully working Dtto Modular Robot module....
22 August 2016, by

Marty: the little walking robot that’s more than a toy

Update: Only 4 days left to crowdfund Marty! They are over 70% towards reaching their goal! ...
08 August 2016, by

Wall-climbing robots create a carbon fiber hammock (with video, images)

Maria Yablonina's project, called Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures, demonstrates a new production process for filament structures, like carbon fiber, by crawling up the wall ...
04 August 2016, by

Hello Pepper: Getting started to program robots on Android

I didn’t get to meet Pepper the humanoid Robot at Google I/O but I watched the video afterwards: A new development frontier: Android + Pepper the interactive robot. Love the robots’ dance! I was s...
03 August 2016, by

Pros and cons for different types of drive selection

In the past, we have looked at wheel design and the kinematics of skid steer and mecanum wheels. In this post, we will take a quick look at different types of mobility types (ie. wheels, tracks) and h...
29 July 2016, by

Drive kinematics: Skid steer and mecanum (ROS twist included)

I am often in need of the basic kinematic motion equations for skid steer vehicles. I have also recently been working with mecanum wheeled vehicles. The skid steer equations are fairly simple and easy...
19 July 2016, by

Teaching the teachers: Study focuses on how teachers perceive educational robots in classrooms

Despite phenomenal advances in the field of robotics in recent years and specifically the field of robots for use in the classroom, there is still a large shortfall in the number of teachers who activ...
13 July 2016, by

Anki’s new Cozmo SDK turns toy robots into sophisticated research tools

Anki’s new robot Cozmo (with free SDK) shows that this consumer robotics startup has got bigger plans than simply dominating the smart toy category. Founded in 2010 by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Insti...
12 July 2016, by and

NASA Robonaut 2 simulation: Placing an ISS panel in The Construct

By Miguel Angel One of the most wanted robot simulations is a robot that can be used for anything. Robonaut is one like this. NASA kindly gave this simulation for public use and we thought here in ...
24 June 2016, by

How to make a printed circuit board using a diode laser with a 3D printer

3D-printers have opened endless possibilities for home production and rapid prototyping. You can easily create practically any model in a 3D-program and 3D print it. But until now, only a few people ...
20 June 2016, by

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