Ten years ago, inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen launched the first FIRST Robotics Competition with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high school gymnasium. This year, over 800 teams nationwide will participate in over 20 regional events and a national championship event in Houston, TX in April. The kickoff event for 2003 was held on January 4, where participants learned details on the game rules and strategies for this year. Stay tuned for more details as the competition gets underway.
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.