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The History of Robots: From the 400 BC Archytas to the Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog

May 14th, 2018 No comments

from: Interesting Engineering
by: Saoirse Kerrigan

The History of Robots: From the 400 BC Archytas to the Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog
Take a journey through the long history of robots, from the 4th Century BC to today.

Robots have fascinated and preoccupied human minds for centuries – from ancient tales of stone golems, to modern science fiction. Though the word “robot” was only officially penned in 1921 by Karel Čapek, mankind has endeavored to create autonomous machines since as far back as the 4th Century BCE.

Today, robots are widely used across a variety of industries, aiding in the manufacturing of vehicles and more. According to the International Federation of Robotics, in 2015 there were as many as 1.63 million industrial robots in operation worldwide, and that number continues to grow steadily each year.

Here’s a brief history of how robotics have evolved and grown from the early imaginings of 400 BCE, to the global resource they are today.

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Robot Loading and Loading a Tractor Trailer

April 25th, 2018 No comments

I am posting this more to remember this for future FIRST Robotics Competition Seasons. Once in a while we have to stack boxes, crates excreta and this is a wonderful method to do it:

Neat way to learn Robotics

September 29th, 2017 No comments

From: https://www.roboterra.com/

Origin™ Robotics Kit & CastleRock

Looking for a fun and easy way to introduce STEM in your classroom? Our Origin Robotics Kit enables anyone to build real robots and program them. The kit includes metal parts, servos, LEDs and sensors, so kids can create robots that react to the environment around them.

Origin Robotics Kit includes access to our CastleRock programming software. Using CastleRock, kids will learn to code while they construct robots that spin, wave arms and flash LEDs. Students use C++ coding language to control their robots, providing a solid foundation to easily explore other languages and skills. Going beyond programming, CastleRock provides a set of tiered challenges that guides students through a planned, conversational curriculum. No previous technology experience is required!

How to Make Hydraulic Powered Robotic Arm from Cardboard – NTD Inspired

March 24th, 2017 No comments

5 Robots Seeking Your Crowdfunding Support

February 27th, 2016 No comments

From Robotics Trends


Kamibot Programmable Robot for Kids
Kamibot is a programmable papercraft robot for kids that can be customized with code and colorful skins. Kamibot is built around the open-source Arduino platform, so kids can easily learn how to code using Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming language.

Kamibot has raised $19,115 of its $50,000 goal on Kickstarter.


CoDrone Programmable Drone
CoDrone is a quadcopter that you can be programmed to do almost anything you want using step-by-step videos. You can program CoDrone to follow you, engage in laser battles, go through a maze and much more. It has raised $175,923 with an original goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter.


Xibot Robot Assistant
XIBOT can act as a personal assistant in our lives, helping with e-mails, messages, phone calls, shopping lists and other everyday tasks. With Wi-Fi connected to Xibot, you can monitor your house anywhere and anytime. Xibot has raised $28,150 on Indiegogo with an original goal of $10,000.


Rook Flying Home Assistant Drone
Rook claims to be the world’s first home drone that you can fly from anywhere in the world. By connecting to the Internet, Rook allows you to control and view the camera stream from your phone in real-time. Just connect Rook to your home Wi-Fi network, and use it as a platform for different needs in your life:

– Flying security camera – Family/pet monitor – Video tour of your home – Check to see if you turned the stove off

Rook has raised $40,227 on Indiegogo with an original goal of $20,000.


SumoBoy Robotics Kit
SumoBoy is a multipurpose Arduino-based robotics kit for sport and education. The goal of SumoBoy is to Kickstart hundreds of new sumo-robot communities all around the world. To push the competition to the next level by introducing new crowds to the scene of robotics.

SumoBoy has raised $7,090 of its $100,000 goal.

ZeroUI Inc

January 13th, 2016 No comments

From Robotic Trends
By Eugene Demaitre
January 12, 2016

ZeroUI Inc. has developed a set of four motor modules with a gesture-based controller glove for an intuitive user interface. With Ziro, makers can control wheels and direction or arms on homemade robots.

Ziro’s modules can be used to wirelessly move and control robots made from materials including cardboard, wood or metal, allowing for creative development. The kit will be funded by an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and costs $199.

Robot Kit Rundown

October 7th, 2014 No comments

From IEEE Spectrum

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New Voice Recognition Modual for Arduino

October 4th, 2014 No comments
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LIDAR for under $100

January 25th, 2014 No comments

from: Dragon Innovation

[Editor note: This project is currently on Dragon Innovation (website like kickstarter) and looks real cool. A Lidar like distance sensor for $70! WOW!]

Optical Distance Measurement Sensors

Our sensor technology is ideally suited for any project requiring very compact, low power, high performance distance measurement sensors, such as drones, robots, or unmanned vehicles.

PulsedLight’s novel signal processing technology enables us to offer a low-cost optical distance measurement solution with performance comparable to systems costing hundreds of dollars.

“PulsedLight takes distance range finding from the expensive, closed solution that it is today to small, cheap and open. This is tremendously appealing to us at 3D Robotics, as is the potential this has for getting us to truly autonomous UAVs without relying solely on GPS.” – Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics

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Watch “Maker Faire New York 2013 Electronics Stage : 5 Easy JavaScript Tricks You Can Teach Your BeagleBone” on YouTube

January 18th, 2014 No comments

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