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.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
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