Robotics

Roomba Art #ArtTuesday

Via Twisted sifter Roombas do not map out the rooms they are cleaning. Instead, they rely on a few simple algorithms such as spiral cleaning (spiraling), room crossing, wall-following and random walk angle-changing (after bumping into an object or wall). This design is based on MIT researcher and iRobot CTO Rodney Brooks’ philosophy that robots […]

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How to Make a Mask That Expresses You #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #tech #3dprinting #robotics

This mask found on Digital Trends not only appears like colorful ink splotches, but it actually reacts to facial expression. Created by a team at London’s Bartlett School of Architecture the mask combines two exciting technologies—3d printing and soft robotics. According to Adi Meyer, one of the designers, “the thesis project examines the transformation of identity as […]

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Storming Castles and Forming Friendships with Catapults, Robotics and Code #MakerEducation

Nice coverage of RPI’s Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education 2017 Robotics Camp from the Scientific American Blog. The challenges were quite involved, requiring a suite of sensors to follow lines, avoid prohibited areas of the board, steer around obstacles, and aim projectiles. Phillip and Josiah (both 9) had particular trouble with getting their robot […]

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Robots Want All Our Ice Cream Jobs

Apparently there is a global movement to automate the ice cream service industry. Via Kotoaku: It’s not just the factory jobs that robots are taking, but the ice cream ones. For example, look at Yaskawa-kun, a robot that serves soft serve ice cream in a cone. Yaskawa-ku has been doing this for years. After putting […]

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MIT’s latest robot politely weaves through crowds

We see lots of work going on regarding self driving automobiles navigating traffic on city streets and highways but what about autonomous vehicles navigating pedestrian traffic? This latest robot from MIT attempts to follow social norms for navigating crowded pedestrian areas. We wonder if this also has applications for self driving wheelchairs. We’re still trying […]

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Invisible Highway: AR and AdaBox 002!

Invisible Highway is an experiment that uses augmented reality to create tracks and scenery for a real robot! The makers of this project were able to utilize the contents from AdaBox 002: Making things Move!! Via Experiments with Google: Invisible Highway is an experiment in controlling physical things in the real world by drawing in […]