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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…

Hoverfly Founds Aerial Robotics Industry Association
04/11/13 — It’s official: Hoverfly Technologies Inc., which makes flight control systems for drone aircraft equipped with video cameras for military, engineering and inspection applications, has formed the Aerial Robotics Industry Association, the company announced April 4.  The company also plans to create a certification for pilots using the unmanned aircraft for filming. ARIA’s goal…

Robots Communicate, Solve Problems More Easily with MyRobots’ “Alerts”
04/04/13 — MyRobots.com is introducing Alerts! Effective immediately, you can now define alerts for all your robots so they can react to their environment and signal you if there is anything worth your attention. What is an alert? In MyRobots.com terms, an alert is a message sent once a certain condition is reached by your…

ESA Gathers Data for Docking Robotic Spacecraft from Consumer Drone Owners
03/28/13 — A free ESA app released this month turns a popular iPhone-controlled ‘home drone’ into a spacecraft. The augmented reality game lets owners of Parrot AR.Drone quadcopters attempt dockings with a simulated International Space Station while flying their drones for real – in the process helping to improve robotic rendezvous methods.…

Robotic Tour Guides Catch on in Australia
03/21/13 — They look like giant chess pieces - one black pawn, another white, slowly making their way around the museum with dozens of online visitors. The CSIRO-built robots come packed with high definition technology, visiting a selection of exhibits. The tours are accessed by schools and libraries around Australia that are already connected…

Hitachi’s Robotic Car Aids Mobility Challenged City Dwellers
03/14/13 — Hitachi has unveiled its Ropits single passenger robot car, which looks like a Fisher Price Cozy Coupe for adults and does the driving all on its own. The name and style prompt one to think of a science fiction contraption, but it’s the vehicle’s autonomic functionality that truly brings the…

New Open-Source 3D Robotics Software Ideal for Research and Teaching
03/06/13 — Since 2011, several labs have been working on robotics technology middleware and a software framework for robot software development, better known as Robot Operating Systems (ROS) that implement simulation solutions for Multi Open Robots Simulator Engine (MORSE). MORSE is an open-source project rendering robots in a 3D environment. It is…

MIT Students Improve Grasping for Personal Robots
02/28/13 — Many commercial robotic arms perform what roboticists call "pick and place" tasks: The arm picks up an object in one location and places it in another. Usually, the objects—say, automobile components along an assembly line—are positioned so that the arm can easily grasp them; the appendage that does the grasping…

Student Attends School Via Robot
02/21/13 — In a school hallway, a U.S. teacher takes her students to the library, leading a single-file line of giggling boys and girls that's perfectly ordinary until you get to a sleek white robot with a video screen showing the face of a smiling, chubby-cheeked boy. Devon Carrow's life-threatening allergies don't…

Summit’s 60” Robotic Mower Tackles Big Hills with Ease
02/14/13 — To compliment their line-up of heavy duty robotic lawn mowers, Summit is introducing the TRX-60 as the largest in its class. With its large rubber track footprint combined with a low center of gravity, the TRX-60 is ideal for mowing hills too steep for traditional zero-turns. Owners of the smaller…




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