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DIY: Build Your Own Robotic Bug
10/2/2013

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Equipped with a variety of sensors, the Arduino-compatible robot lets users add more sensors and program new behaviors. A free app controls the completed robot from an iOS smartphone or tablet, and you can program it for various behaviors, or make it follow an obstacle course. (Source: Dash Robotics)

Equipped with a variety of sensors, the Arduino-compatible robot lets users add more sensors and program new behaviors. A free app controls the completed robot from an iOS smartphone or tablet, and you can program it for various behaviors, or make it follow an obstacle course.
(Source: Dash Robotics)

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The Designist
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Re: DIY for future innovation
The Designist   10/3/2013 10:06:42 AM
You bring up a good point about education and toys.  But STEM has nothing to do with it (IMHO).  Why do we believe we were born just yesterday?  Do we not remember all the cool toys we grew up with?  For example that stupid laughing bag with the disc in it?  They key is not STEM, but individual curiosity.  Lord knows how many toys I took aport just to learn.  Heck I bet I was also not the only one who played with a crystal and an earphone - outside of school.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink.

 

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   10/3/2013 3:16:11 AM
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Yes, I know STEM education was a big goal for awhile of the federal government to boost U.S. competitiveness overseas. It may have fallen by the wayside given many other problems that are more prominent, so it's good to see private inventors leading the charge as well.

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Charles Murray   10/2/2013 8:32:58 PM
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I agree, Rob. Seems like university engineering programs could take this up as a freshman project. We keep hearing how important hands-on learning is for engineering students. Well, here it is.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   10/2/2013 7:47:38 PM
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Rob, I really liked the STEM aspect of this. But I especially liked the fact that it was originally a full-blown robotics project in a university lab and then became a separate entrepreneurial project that achieves multiple goals: help crowdsource the beta phase of the design, serve as a useful and fun tool for educating a wide array of people about robotics, and also let engineers start a company.

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Ann R. Thryft   10/2/2013 7:43:30 PM
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Thanks, Elizabeth. I agree about the STEM aspect, and was glad to see that mentioned by the inventors.

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All the little robots
Rob Spiegel   10/2/2013 12:42:33 PM
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Nice slideshow, Ann. Nice to see some light shined on this tiny corner of the robot world. There's a whole bunch of gadget sites that show off tiny robots used primarily as toys and learning devices.

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DIY for future innovation
Elizabeth M   10/2/2013 8:08:28 AM
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Great slideshow, Ann. It's really cool to see how hobbyists or really anyone who wants to learn more about robotics has access to innovative and cutting-edge technology. I think these types of efforts can lead to future innovation in the robotics space and also perhaps even encourage more interest in STEM education for kids to help create the future generations of engineers.

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