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.
Beginnings of Skynet: The Best Robots in the World Meets in DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015
From YouTube: Published on Jun 10, 2015
The winner of this final is the Kaist Korean Team, that won 2 millions dollars.
DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is a competition funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). The competition takes place from 2012 to June 2015. The stated aim is to develop semi-autonomous ground robots that can perform “complex tasks in hazardous environments, degraded and built by man” 1. The DRC following the DARPA Grand Challenge and the principle of the DARPA Urban Challenge. The competition began in October 2012. Originally, it was to be held for about 33 months with three competitions including a Virtual Robotics Challenge (HRV), which took place in June 2013 and two challenges “real” tests in December 2013 and the final in June 2015.
Besides stimulating the development of semi-autonomous robots, the DRC also seeks to make the robotics software and the development of robotic systems more accessible in the future. To this end, the DRC funded the adaptation of the robot simulator GAZEBO by the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), and construction by Boston Dynamics ATLAS six robots that are given to teams that have performed the best scores in the Virtual robotics challenge (HRV).
From YouTube: Published on Feb 23, 2016
A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.
From Commercial Appeal
By Linda A. Moore
Posted: Jan. 16, 2016
Inside the varsity gym at Collierville High School Saturday, balls flew through the air, teammates cheered each other’s success, referees in striped shirts made sure everyone observed the rules and adversaries shook hands in congratulations on a game well-played.
But nobody was aiming for the high hoops.
It was the first Dragon Invitational VEX Robotics Competition.
“We have a lot of rookie teams here from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas,” said Shelli Brasher, STEM (science technology, engineering and math) teacher at Collierville High.
More than 100 students made up 22 teams from 10 middle and high schools. They competed in competition in which robots shot balls into nets about four feet high, while other robots moved balls around for points.
“Part of the strategy is learning to work with the other robot to maximize the points,” Brasher said.
Drew Central High School in Monticello, Arkansas, was among those competing.
“The learning that takes place is out of this world — problem-solving, logistics. It’s amazing,” said Barbie Eubanks, a former science teacher-turned-librarian and robotics team coach.
The robots are made of metal with gears, rollers, rubber bands and wheels. Some are directed through remote control and others have been programmed by the students.
The competitors battled in “Nothing But Net,” with points earned by robots that push balls under a low goal or shoot balls into a high goal.
Throughout the day, teams were eliminated until those who advanced to the championship round created “alliances” with other teams and skillfully selected partners that would enhance the abilities of their own team.
For example, said Nicholas Perkins, 16, a junior at Southaven High School and a member of the DeSoto County Career Tech West team, his team formed an alliance with the Jackson (Tennessee) Area Robotics team, whose robot rose more than 12 inches, gaining extra points.
“You get to learn what other people can do with their robots,” he said. “And if you’re lucky, you get a plaque.”
By the end of the day, the final bracket pitted the Red Alliance — formed by teams from Brentwood Academy from Brentwood, Tennessee, and Collierville High — against the Blue Alliance, with teams from Drew Central; its neighbor, Monticello Occupational Education Cooperative, and Memphis Collegiate School.
In the best-two-out-of-three round, the robot from Brentwood quickly gobbled up balls and tossed them into the net, while Drew Central’s team fed balls to a robot that flung them with impressive accuracy.
But in the end, the Red Alliance won the day.
“I’m extremely proud of them and that they were able to do it all with their hometown team,” said Kelly Griffin, engineering teacher at Monticello Occupational.
Hank Roberson, 13, an eighth-grader at Brentwood, was thrilled with his team’s win.
“We’ve had to redo our robot three times, so this feels like the final one,” he said. “It feels like my baby.”