Category: Science

I don’t think I’d be shoving it around like that….

I don’t think I’d be shoving it around like that….

| February 26, 2016

It looks like there’s some robot hazing going on!  Boston Dynamics is putting it’s latest version of their humanoid-ish Atlas robot though it’s paces.  They recently release a video where they’re show the robot picking up and storing boxes as well as walking through the snow.  Atlas is able to catch itself (most of the […]

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Cheetah robot jumps all kinds of hurdles for you!

Cheetah robot jumps all kinds of hurdles for you!

| May 30, 2015

As if Skynet wasn’t close enough already, MIT just released a video showing their Cheetah robot being able to jump obstacles in real time. Your life long dream of being able to jog with your robot is one step closer to reality.  Of course, this project is largely funded by DARPA so don’t write any […]

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Love Arduino and the Internet of things (IoT) – Check this out!

Love Arduino and the Internet of things (IoT) – Check this out!

| March 3, 2015

Spark IO has launched a new Kickstarter called the Electron.  It’s a tiny Arduino-like cellular development kit with a very affordable data plan.  This means you can create a projects that are always connected.  They are offering several packages in 2G and 3G cellular as well as a few rewards that are specifically outfitted for […]

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You remember the Big Dog robot right?

You remember the Big Dog robot right?

| February 11, 2015

I was extremely impressed when I saw it walking all over this and that.  It sounded like 100 hives of really ticked off bees but it was awesome.  Even when walking on ice or getting kick off balance, it just kept going.  Fast forward to 2015 and look how far the Bad Dog technology has come. […]

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This drone could save your life!

This drone could save your life!

| October 30, 2014

In what has the be one of the most positive uses for drones I’ve seen in a while, this young man has created a drone emergency responder.  The drone can be dispatched to an emergency in a fraction of the time it would take a standard ambulance.  The people at the scene can communicate to […]

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Tesla shows us the “D”

Tesla shows us the “D”

| October 13, 2014

Elon Musk took to the stage to show us the “D”.  The “D” in this case is the new Duel motor AWD version of the Tesla S.  With the help of a very large industrial robot, Elon presented the crowd a first hand look at what makes the “D” so special.  The dual motor power […]

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Stanford engineers design ant-sized radio to control ‘Internet of Things’

Stanford engineers design ant-sized radio to control ‘Internet of Things’

| September 11, 2014

Engineers at Stanford have created a tiny radio device that gets it’s power from the radio waves in the air.  It’s basically a small radio communications device that has a virtually infinite life.  This could be huge for the Internet of Things movement. At a cost of pennies each, these could be included in just […]

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JIBO, The world’s first family robot.

JIBO, The world’s first family robot.

| July 16, 2014

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal a robotics pioneer from MIT has created a family robot named JIBO.  It looks to be highly interactive, with the ability to understand common language.  It can be a video conferencing tool, photographer, story teller and overall personal assistant.  Dr. Breazeal has launched a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo to make the […]

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Don’t know how to program a robot?….

Don’t know how to program a robot?….

| June 2, 2014

I’m willing to bet that you could program this Kuka robot. You’ll see just how easy it is in this video.  All you have to do is lead it to the desired waypoints and task target.  Then it will repeat. Kuka – Teaching By Demonstration

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So your robot doesn’t like to ask for directions?

So your robot doesn’t like to ask for directions?

| May 23, 2014

Well this might help. This is RPLIDAR.  It’s a sub $400 LIDAR (Light Radar) unit that can allow your bot, AVG, quadcopter etc to “see”.  It uses laser light to map it’s surroundings.  This is one of the best ways to equip autonomous vehicles to they can navigate a changing environment.  LIDAR is also used […]

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