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LOCUST Swarm Coming

March 17  Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert

Another insect-inspired concept is the Low Cost UAV Swarming Technology. According to ONR officials, LOCUST can launch swarming UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to autonomously overwhelm an adversary.

Posted on 03/17 at 2:08 pm



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Sucking Up Flies

March 17  Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert

Robotic technology offers a new prospect for automated experiments and enables fly researchers to do several things they couldn’t do previously.

Posted on 03/17 at 12:11 pm



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LIDAR-on-a-Chip Developed

February 17  Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert

Some folks at MIT’s Photonic Microsystems Group are developing a LIDAR-on-a-chip system that is smaller than a dime, employs no moving parts, and can be mass produced in standard CMOS foundries for as little as $10 each.

Posted on 02/17 at 1:30 pm



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Patching Pinholes with SPIDERs

February 17  Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert

Lockheed has developed “Self-Propelled Instruments for Damage Evaluation and Repair” (SPIDERs) to inspect the helium envelope of its new hybrid airship for pinholes. Five or six of the maintenance bots can locate the holes and apply patches in roughly half the time of humans.

Posted on 02/17 at 11:52 am



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From the Editor of the Combat Zone

February 16 

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.

Posted on 02/16 at 8:10 pm



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These Robots Come to the Rescue after a Disaster

September 15 

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.
 

 

Posted on 09/15 at 3:08 pm



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It’s ParkerBot!

August 15 

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! 

Posted on 08/15 at 12:12 pm



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BeaglePilot 2.0: Making Underwater Drones

June 15 

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.

Posted on 06/15 at 8:55 am



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New industrial robotics accelerator launches today

May 15 

London, U.K. – 7 May 2015 – You live and learn, but robots do neither. Are you the one to change that? Innovation platform The IdeaHub is recruiting robotics innovators worldwide to take up a unique opportunity to pitch their ideas to world leading industrial robotics manufacturer, ABB Robotics.

Posted on 05/15 at 9:05 am



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Vote for A.N.A. (Autonomous Nurse Assistant)!

May 15 

Great news, the students this year from the Robotics Inventors Club won the category for their age group in the Smithsonian Invent it challenge beating out thousands of entrants from across the WORLD!!! They aren't done yet though… They need our HELP! And all your family, friends, classmates to get Robotics Inventors Club votes up so they can get the Smithsonian choice winner as well.  Voting ends May 3rd, please post, tweet, email anyone and everyone you can. Let's bring these little robot inventors home winners!

Scroll down to vote for A.N.A. (Autonomous Nurse Assistant), Vote HERE

 

Posted on 05/15 at 10:08 am