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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…

Personal Robotics Market to Top $19 Billion in 2017
12/13/10 —   While many consumers’ current interaction with robots is limited to those that clean their floors, pools, or gutters, ABI Research, in its market study “Personal Robotics,” forecasts that the personal robotics market will grow to more than $19 billion in 2017, driven in large part by sales of telepresence…

‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ with Roboticist Dennis Hong
11/18/10 —   “Klaatu barada nikto!” On Monday, December 13, 2010 the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Science on Screen series will feature a special screening of the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still combined with a presentation by world-renowned roboticist Dennis Hong of Virginia Tech. The program begins at 7:00 p.m.…

Happy Birthday ASIMO
11/01/10 —   Ghouls and goblins weren’t the only ones partying yesterday—ASIMO, Honda’s humanoid robot, celebrated its 10th birthday. To mark the date, dedicated anniversary Web sites and films were launched, with new photos, videos, the story of the robot’s creation, and smartphone apps. The application for iPhone and Android smartphones, “Run…

HEXBUGS Swarm into the Holidays with New Micro Robotic Creatures
10/19/10 —   Innovation First Labs Inc., creator of the popular HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures, unveiled its rapidly-growing product lineup for the holiday season, including the first glow-in-the-dark HEXBUG Nano, the six-legged remote-controlled electro mechanical marvel that is the HEXBUG Spider, and three diverse and customizable Habitat Sets for HEXBUG Nano architects.…

DFRobotShop Rover Now Available
08/05/10 — RobotShop Distribution Inc. has partnered with DFRobot to release the “DFRobotShop Rover”, a versatile, tracked, Arduino-compatible platform. RobotShop Distribution Inc. announced that the new DFRobotShop Rover is in stock and ready to ship. The DFRobotShop Rover was a joint project between DFRobot and RobotShop to create a low cost Arduino-based…




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