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Students’ Robots Fly, Roll, Talk, and Learn to be Useful
06/01/11 —   Someday you may have a personal robot to help around the house. It will move smoothly from room to room, avoiding obstacles, people and pets. It will pack your suitcases, clear the table and do the dishes. It might even be programmed to assign chores to the kids or…

Analysis: Willow Garage Makes TurtleBot Hardware Open Source
05/26/11 — Most of us are familiar with open source software. That is, free code, which, depending on the specific type of license, legally enables developers to create alterations. Willow Garage has already gone the open source route with its Robotic Operating System (Read RT’s analysis of the move). Now the company…

iRobot Takes Fourth Place on The Globe 100 List
05/25/11 —   iRobot recently earned a number four ranking in the Boston Globe’s annual list of top-rated Massachusetts companies. Three other companies, Clean Harbors, Analog Devices, and IPG Photonics, earned a higher place on the technologically heavy list. This year, companies that made the Globe 100 list were “being honored for…

RoboDynamics Introduces Mass-Market Personal Robot
05/20/11 — RoboDynamics introducted Luna, a mainstream consumer personal robot, dubbed “the iPad of robots” by technology journalists. The Luna system will also encompass a native app store, standard PC architecture, an open Linux-based operating system, touchscreen display, WiFi, and multiple tactically located standard USB based expansion ports allowing for expansion. RoboDynamics…

Robotics Camps Pique Student Interest in STEM and industrial robots
05/04/11 — The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), a National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence in advanced technological education, is offering several robotics camps for middle school students this summer, and is expanding its program to offer a first time ever industrial robot camp for high school students as well.…

LEGO Education Models go into Orbit with Space Shuttle Endeavor
04/28/11 — LEGO Education, a division of the company that makes the popular Mindstorms line of robots, announced it will send 13 LEGO Education models to the International Space Station (ISS) on board the Space Shuttle Endeavor on April 29. The models will be used in eight educational activities that will be…

South Korean Telecom Unveils Robot Playmate for Kids
04/21/11 —   South Korean telecom operator KT has rolled out a robot playmate for children in a move seen as cashing in on the potentially lucrative robotics industry. Kibot, which has a monkey face and a display panel on its body, can read books, sing songs, play online games, and wheel…

New iPad Game Release Lets You Create Imaginary Robot Company
04/20/11 —   A new iPad game release called Robot Tycoon lets players build and manage a virtual robot factory. Available for $4.99 at Apple’s App Store, the game gives players total control of their imaginary companies. In the process, they encounter challenges on every aspect of the business and must carefully…

U.S., Canada, China and New Zealand Winners at VEX Robotics World Championship
04/18/11 — Participants of the 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship were joined this weekend by Kari Byron, host of the Discovery Channel’s hit show MYTHBUSTERS and the Science Channel’s HEAD RUSH, as winning alliances from the Middle School, High School and College competitions triumphed from United States, Canada, China and New Zealand, after outmaneuvering some of…

Robotics No Longer Limited to After-School Clubs and Programs
04/13/11 — Students taking part in a program called Project Lead The Way (PLTW) will usher in a new era – robotics in the classroom – when they compete in the 2011 VEX World Championships taking place Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at World…

VEX Robotics World Championship at Walt Disney World
04/13/11 — Celebrating National Robotics Week, nearly 10,000 middle school, high school, and university participants from 16 countries will compete in the 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship, to be held with free admission to the general public at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando,…

Community College Scholars Selected To Design Robotic Rovers
04/07/11 —   Eighty students from community colleges in 28 states and Puerto Rico have been selected to travel to a NASA center to develop robotic rovers. The National Community College Aerospace Scholars program encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The students will visit either…

STEM Education Age 3 to Grade 12: How Parents and Teachers May Influence a Child’s Future
03/25/11 — STEM Education—that is, educating for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math—is a challenge faced by the United States. Funding in U.S. schools tends to lean toward athletics and away from math and science. It’s quite ironic that so much funding is utilized for fields in which there are…

Second Annual National Robotics Week Takes Place April 9-17
03/16/11 —   National Robotics Week occurs annually on the second week of April to recognize robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation. The week’s aim is to highlight the growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas and to emphasize its ability to inspire students while…

CoroWare Announces ROS Support, Developer Program
03/16/11 —   CoroWare, Inc. (COWI) announced support for the Robotics Operating system (ROS), an open-source meta-operating system for mobile robots, on its CoroBot and Explorer product lines. The company will launch a ROS early adopter program for developers, educators and researchers who are building applications on the CoroBot and Explorer platforms,…

Intelitek Unveils New Curriculum for the VEX Cortex Controller
02/14/11 —   The Introduction to Competitive Robotics curriculum, from Manchester, N.H.-based Intelitek Inc., uses the VEX Cortex microcontroller and easyC for Cortex robotic programming software to help more students become exposed to robotics, competitions, and engineering. The VEX Cortex microcontroller is the standard for VEX competitions. It has built-in bi-directional communication…

Project Lead the Way Enters Into Innovative Partnership with VEX Robotics
02/03/11 — Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, announced a new partnership with VEX Robotics Inc. that gives current and future PLTW schools new opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Under the agreement, the VEX Robotics Design System will be the exclusive…

Panasonic’s EVOLTA Robot Completes a New Challenge
12/29/10 —   Panasonic’s EVOLTA Robot finished a long journey in December. The green-and-white robotic man charged up the ancient Tokaido roadway in Japan, traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto. The 500-kilometer trip took EVOLTA Robot (or EVOLTA-kun, as he is known in Japan) two months to complete. EVOLTA-kun pulled a green wagon…




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