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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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Watch Winders — An Offbeat Application of Robotics

October 2015
By Bryan Bergeron

When I added a second automatic (or self-winding) watch to my collection, I also discovered a new application for robotics — simulating human movement. The great thing about automatic watches vs. traditional mechanical versions is that you don’t need to wind them. That’s fine, until you add a second watch to your collection. It’s a hassle to manually wind and change the date and time and other “complications” on a watch every time you want to wear it. Of course, you could just wear a watch with a quartz movement, or just use your phone to tell time, but let’s stick with the mechanical watches for now.

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