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

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A crowdfunded DIY version of the cockroach-like DASH robot invented by engineering students at UC Berkeley can run across different kinds of surfaces.
 (Source: Dash Robotics)

A crowdfunded DIY version of the cockroach-like DASH robot invented by engineering students at UC Berkeley can run across different kinds of surfaces.
(Source: Dash Robotics)

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Elizabeth M
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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

 

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Rob Spiegel   10/3/2013 11:34:36 AM
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Add to all of this the work National Instruments is doing to get kids involved in robot-building competitions: http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=268354&itc=dn_features_element&

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Ann R. Thryft   10/4/2013 1:51:42 PM
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I think the key is both individual curiosity and STEM. The thing that STEM can provide is stimulation, which not all kids get equal amounts of. When I was a kid we already had science and other cool programs in school, which now don't exist anymore. That's why we need STEM.

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D.I.Y. robots and "skinning them.
scifi tech guy   10/4/2013 9:01:22 PM
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Hello, Ann: long time no post. The robot bug looks neat and reasonably priced too. I went to the Maker Faire a few weeks ago and saw a lot of interesting devices for building objects. I may have missed them, but, I saw little in the way of construction of housings for ro, not so much. You could buy robot kits and Arduino controllers ( and servos to do the moving) for D.I.Y. and I appreciate the availibility. Maybe this is going to be new area of developement where artists and fashion designers could become groundbreakers.

 

I must look at your links for much new material you have. I may speak on the growth of the D.I.Y. robots, as a panel member, in November.

 

Thank you for the site! Earl.

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