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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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BeaglePilot 2.0: Making Underwater Drones

The aim of the project is to create an open hardware underwater vehicle based on BeagleBone Black. The project will involve using the OpenROV code base and the APM, to provide autopilot capabilities. ROS will be used as a bridge (mavros) to interface with the APM. The project will enable hobbyists to get access to a low cost, easy to use and open hardware underwater vehicle platform with autopilot capabilities which they can modify according to their needs and requirements.

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BioGears – It’s Alive!

December 2015
By Bryan Bergeron

Every Sci-Fi enthusiast knows that real robots of the future look, act, and experience the world like their human creators. Witness David in Prometheus and Ava in Ex Machina. Getting to this stage of evolution involves a lot more than internal sensors of joint position. It requires a humanoid physiology — realistic responses to running up a flight of stairs, for example — as reflected in breathing rate and depth, heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, body temperature, and energy expenditure among many other physiologic parameters.

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