Should Robots Look Like People or Machines?
Wolfe's Den 2/1/2012 46 comments The unusually anthropomorphic automatons coming out of Japan raise this question. We asked participants in our Systems & Product Design Engineering and Automation & Control Engineering groups on LinkedIn what they think.
3D Printer Takes Paper-Based Approach
CAD/CAM Corner 2/1/2012 29 comments An Irish firm is offering a printer that employs ordinary paper to create 3D models, along with a novel pricing model that charges for print service plans, not hardware.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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