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Video: Bake-Your-Own Robots

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Robotic Building From Heat Is A Development In The Robotics World
Elizabeth M   6/25/2014 5:48:31 AM
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Good point, AandY. While to make sophisticated, feature-rich robots is quite intensive, making simple robots--as evidenced by this story and a alot of the do-it-yourself kits and tools for kids out there--isn't hard for people to do anymore. To break down technology into its basic parts is the best way to simplify it. I think when people begin to understand how simple robots can be, there also will be less fear or nervousness associated with interacting with them.

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Re: Robotic Building From Heat Is A Development In The Robotics World
AnandY   6/25/2014 3:14:57 AM
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Most of the times people tend to think that the invention and designing of a robot, is no walk in the park. Well, this can all change. Robotics sums up a lot of technical and creative details. Assembling your own robot is now pretty easy theses days one of the foremost institutions in robotics research -- have come up with a way to create robots that self- assemble when heated. This undergoes a process over which the robot parts self fold to a humanoid shape and at the end becomes a completed robot shape.

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Re: First application?
Zippy   6/12/2014 9:31:39 PM
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I think there kind of a red herring in this story, in that what was fabricated is a 3D object with parts that look like arms and legs, and therefore they have made a "robot."  I think what they have made is at best a mannikin.

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Elizabeth M   6/12/2014 4:48:02 AM
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Good point, Zippy. I'd personally have to think on that for a moment. Perhaps some kind of heating method could be used in the manufacturing process to produce robotic parts. But I'm only grasping at straws. I really don't know. Perhaps some more of our engineering-minded readers can weigh in.

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Elizabeth M   6/12/2014 4:37:59 AM
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Good observation, Cabe. Indeed it is. That's pretty interesting you note that because I just wrote an article about a robotic building kit for kids that tries to appeal not only to their technical side but also their creative side, to round out their potential skills for future work. So maybe this type of thing is the future of robotic development.

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Cabe Atwell   6/12/2014 1:09:24 AM
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More of an art project... like metal paper-craft.

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Elizabeth M   6/10/2014 5:03:58 AM
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Glad you enjoyed it, nicoleallenB. There are other kids that let mere mortals make robots, many of them aimed at kids but good for adults as well. Tinkerbots is another one. Here is a link to a story I did on it: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=3607&doc_id=273240

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Elizabeth M   6/9/2014 8:38:58 AM
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Yes, it's quite amazing the progress Rus and her team are making with robots. They've been doing this research for quite some time and are some of the leading robot researchers. If anyone can achieve this type of thing, it's them!

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First application?
Zippy   6/6/2014 9:40:09 AM
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This is a cool experiment and a challenging design problem, but I am struggling a bit with where it provides significant advantages in a manufacturing setting.  Can anyone speculate on what could be the first significant product application of this technology?

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nicoleallenB   6/6/2014 3:25:01 AM
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That was interesting. I have watched the robotics show and it was fun. I can make my own robot too.

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