It's time once again for students and their mentors to register for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The kickoff event will take place January 8, 2005, in Manchester, NH, followed by regional events and the final championship FIRST event in April in Atlanta, GA. The competition features teams of students and mentors building robots from a standard kit of parts within a timeframe of six weeks. Registration for events closes on December 3, 2004. For more info or to register, go to www.usfirst.org.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.