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Robots, the New Classroom Helpers
10/09/13 — Something cute and pocket-size is showing up in schools all over the world this fall. No, it’s not Flat Stanley. It’s Sparki, the newest robot from ArcBotics . In 2011, ArcBotics co-founder Joe Schlesinger decided to develop relatively inexpensive robots as teaching tools. First off the drawing board was Hexy the Hexapod, which, among other…

You Can Now 3D Print and Customize Your Very Own Robot
10/02/13 — Robots are part of our everyday lives, but they're boring — relegated to menial jobs likescrubbing your floor, vacuuming it or just zig-zagging all over it. Sure, droid-like mechanical humans like the Asimo pop up now and then, but they're big, expensive corporate toys, not something everyone can buy. Where are our household robots? The 21st…

Step Into the Future with this Robotic Exoskeleton
09/25/13 — Imagine strapping an exoskelton strength enhancer to your ankle like a shoe. That's exactly what you will to be able do from 2015, thanks to Yaskawa Electric. The Japanese company plans to be the first in the world to sell exoskeletons to the general public from 2015. The first device…

Tesla Working Towards 90 Percent Autonomous Car Within Three Years
09/18/13 — Tesla Motors has somehow managed to make a car that's miles ahead of anything else  by virtue of its innovative technology. Instead of being content with that, Elon Musk has decided that the next step is to go autonomous. Or at least, mostly autonomous. As with most of Elon Musk's awesomely crazy…

How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them
09/18/13 — I like to think of my Roomba as cute and industrious. He makes noises while he cleans that make me feel as if he’s communicating with me, which contributes to the fact that I have assigned him a sex. He exists in a liminal space between animate and inanimate, but…

Texas Instruments Powers New LEGO Robotic Platform
09/11/13 — Texas Instruments has announced that Sitara processors, along with TI connectivity and analog solutions, have been selected to power the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics platform that is now available. The robotics tool kit contains hardware and software to create customizable and programmable robots and features a programmable brick computer powered…

3-D Printing, Meet Same-Day Delivery: Amazon’s New Model
09/04/13 — 3-D printing could someday help Amazon achieve same-day delivery without requiring that huge inventories sit in regional warehouses across the country. But plenty of experts say 3-D printers still have a long way to go before they can make a serious dent in the supply chain that connects businesses to…

Flying House-Cleaning Robot Designed for Competition
08/28/13 — If you've ever wished your house would automatically clean itself, so you could get a little free time — you're not alone. An industrial-design student in Colombia has conceptualized an automated cleaning system in which flying robots would do all the dirty work. Designer Adrian Perez Zapata came up with "Mab," which…

The Triple Threat: Roomba, Scooba, and Now Braava
08/28/13 — iRobot Corp., a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, recently announced the release of a floor mopping robot, the Braava. The company has sold over 10 million home robots worldwide since their 2002 launch of the Roomba vacuum. With such busy lives, where typical lunches last only 30 minutes and…

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,…




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