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Robotic Work Zone Flagger Prevents Accidents
08/21/13 — Synergy Technology has launched the Automated Flagger AF-100 robotic work zone flagger, which is a trailer-mounted signal light with a gate arm that raises and lowers to direct traffic around a single lane work zone. Deployment of two radio-controlled signal trailers allow road crews to provide high-visibility traffic signals and…

Cute Owl Robot Makes Learning a Hoot
08/14/13 — Life’s busy—but children still need active engagement & attention Many parents struggle to balance their time between their children and other tasks. Household chores, work, the thousand other big and little things that take you away from your kids: you just can’t spend all your time with them. And there…

Robot Dolls With Signs Entice Customers
08/07/13 — "Sarah" was reeling in the business, gyrating for hours on end outside a Canoga Park gaming center and a nearby juice stand when her stamina for the job just seemed to vanish. The diagnosis? Motor malfunction. On street corners and sidewalks across L.A., the ubiquitous sign spinners dance and hurl…

New STEM Platform to Nurture Robotics in Schools
07/31/13 — A new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) robotics platform from Yaskawa Motoman will soon help students in secondary educational programs practice skills inadvanced manufacturing and robotics. The company announced it is available in a general-purpose platform and a welding education cell, two fast-rising employment areas.  The platform reportedly enables students to…

Twelve Year Old Sylvia Todd Creates WaterColorBot
07/24/13 — Sylvia Todd is launching her first Kickstarter campaign at the age of 12 after designing a painting robot. To make her idea a reality, Sylvia approached Lenore Edman and Windell Oskay at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories (EMSL), a Silicon Valley company that designs and produces specialized electronics and robotics kits. "I drew…

Robotic Car Can Teach Kids Spelling and Math
07/16/13 — A robotic toy car first developed as a class project is now the basis of a business startup by a group of Arizona State University engineering students. They're designing Cosmo - the car's name - as a tool for teaching pre-school-age children basic math and spelling through games programmed into…

U.K. School Curriculum Gets a High-Tech Makeover
07/10/13 — The design and technology syllabus, part of the national curriculum of the U.K school system, recently got some redesign of its own to get a bit more focus on technology. According to reports, the new curriculum will contain a diminished focus on some topics in favor of a greater focus…

Clearpath Robotics Supports ROS Summer School
07/10/13 — (Kitchener, Ontario – July 8, 2013)  The Robot Operating System (ROS) Summer School 2013 will kick into high gear July 22-August 2 at FH Aachen in Germany. Clearpath Robotics is a proud sponsor of the event and has provided equipment which will enable students to run ROS code for testing…

Have Robotics Your Way and Afford It Too
06/25/13 — Robotics is awesome — but incredibly expensive. Building a humanoid robot to look cute and cater to your whims with nifty batches of code will cost you multiple hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dollars. Rapiro, a cute humanoid robot, could break that mold. At £249 ($386), it takes advantage of Raspberry Pi,…

Is This the Beginning of the Transformer Invasion?
06/18/13 — Remember the robotic Transformer shown off by Brave Robotics at last year's Tokyo Maker Fair? It seems the toy caught the eye of official Transformers toy maker Tomy, which is now working with Brave Robotics to create a commercial line, according to Italian hobby news website Hobby Media. Tomy, which hit robotic success in…

Want to build a Robot with LEGO blocks?
06/12/13 — DIY micro-robotics is having a moment. The latest project to take the crowdfunding route — via Kickstarter — to build out a platform for playing around with robotics is called BrickPi. As its name suggests, BrickPi is a mash-up of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, co-opted to act as the brains…

Robots Take On a Different Kind of Java
06/04/13 — Humans have proven to be highly adaptable when it comes to replacing personal service with that of a computer. We survive without a ticket agent at the airport, a cashier at the grocery store and a teller at the bank. There are kiosks that identify us by our palms, check…

Barobo Inc. Develops Educational Line of Linkbots
05/30/13 — Though somewhat time consuming and a bit of a brain drain, robot building can also be rewarding and fun. For those just starting out, however, the prospect of simultaneously playing the roles of designer, tinkerer, programmer and troubleshooter in order to breathe life into a pile of wires, motors, plastic…

Swivl Lands $500K from Grishin Robotics
05/23/13 — California start-up Swivl, the maker of a robotic video device that mimics a personal cameraman, has raised US $500,000 from the investment company Grishin Robotics to focus on the development of its next suite of products. Swivl, which was founded in 2010 by two design industry veterans, Brian Lamb and…

RobotsLAB BOX Makes a Difference in Cedar Hill Schools
05/13/13 — Cedar Hill, TX, May1, 2013—Students at Cedar Hill Independent School District were delighted as Mr. Kyle Berger introduced the RobotsLAB BOX to Middle and High School Math and Science classes. Students didn’t imagine that a quadcopter could help them understand quadratic equations, and a robotic arm could help them figure…

ArcBotics’ Sparki Aims to Spark Students’ Interest in Robotics
05/09/13 — Forget about getting a dog. This Sparki will fetch and play ball, and it never barks. Sparki is a small, boxy robot that with a bit of programming know-how will even play a game of chase-the-flashlight-beam. The brain behind Sparki is a tiny Cambridge start-up called ArcBotics, whose founders have…

NSF Program Aims to Democratize Robot Manufacturing
04/24/13 — This project, funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Expeditions in Computing Program, envisions a future in which 3-D robotic systems can be produced and designed using 2-D desktop technology fabrication methods. If this feat is achieved, it would be possible for the average person to design, customize and print a…

Consumer Robotics Market to Reach $6.5 Billion in 2017
04/18/13 — The market for consumer robots was $1.6 billion in 2012, dominated by the task and entertainment segments. This will grow to $6.5 billion in 2017 and will still be dominated by the same segments, with security/telepresence becoming more of a significant third segment. iRobot is still the main player, but…




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