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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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Noodle Chef Robots: Precursor to Pathogen-Free Fast Food?


Every year, thousands of people in the US take ill from food-borne pathogens. The recent highly publicized cases of E.coli associated with Mexican grill restaurants is only one example [1]. In most instances, contaminated food can be traced to operator error, namely improper handling of food: Forgetting to wash hands, using soiled containers and utensils, not using masks when sick, or simply working when sick can all lead to contaminated food. Unfortunately, I’ve had first hand experience with contaminated fast food. I can attest that it’s not the best way to lose 10 lbs in less than a week.

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