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.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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