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From the Editor of the Combat Zone

From my first involvement in this sport, just at the end of the BattleBots™ run on Comedy Central, through the gradual decline of “big bot” events into a persistent few, the explosive growth of “small bot” events, and now, into “The Second Age of Television,” it’s been quite a ride.

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These Robots Come to the Rescue after a Disaster

When disaster strikes, who's first on the scene? More and more, it’s a robot. In her lab, Robin Murphy builds robots that fly, tunnel, swim and crawl through disaster scenes, helping firefighters and rescue workers save more lives safely — and help communities return to normal up to three years faster.


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It’s ParkerBot!

It’s ParkerBot! was featured in the article "Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer" by Steve Koci found in the September 2015 issue. Here is a video demo of ParkerBot sneaking around the neighborhood, getting ready to scare some kids! 

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The Serious Side of Robotics

Two unrelated events that occurred this summer involving robotic systems point out the serious side of robotics. The first is the traffic fatality associated with the semi-autonomous self-driving feature of the Tesla. The second event is the use of a bomb-carrying robot to kill a civilian suspected of killing several policemen in Dallas. These two events — both the first of their kind — clearly fall within the purview of what robotics is designed to handle: the dull, dirty, and dangerous.

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