Thoughts Control Avatar-Like Robot
Blog 9/27/2012 21 comments Like the movie Avatar, researchers use functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brain of a subject who uses thought to control a robot thousands of miles away.
UAVs to Get Robot Arms & Hands
Blog 9/24/2012 8 comments Researchers at Drexel University are studying how to add robotic hands and arms to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be used in flight without crashing.
Swarming Robots Rescue Coral Reefs
Blog 9/18/2012 26 comments Scotland's coral reefs, which are currently healthy but threatened, may soon get some help from groups of swarming underwater robots being developed by a Scottish university research team.
Motor Kits Let BLDC Designs Roll
Mechatronics Zone 9/14/2012 4 comments If your design plans include a brushless DC motor, contributing technical editor Jon Titus recommends starting with a motor drive dev kit.
Video: You Can Teach a Robotic Mule New Tricks
Blog 9/13/2012 11 comments The DoD’s robotic pack mule can now play follow the leader and walk backward for a considerable distance over rough terrain, bringing the robot closer to serving as a sophisticated mechanical companion for US soldiers in the field.
Handbook Can Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 9/5/2012 7 comments Contributing technical editor Jon Titus found a free copy of the Electrical Engineering Pocket Handbook, published by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, particularly useful.
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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