HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
REGISTER   |   LOGIN   |   HELP
Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: On your mark, get set, Kickstart
Elizabeth M   11/18/2013 3:59:09 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes, they do seem similar to those robots. I think modularity is becoming a theme in a lot of technology areas, and you're right, robotics is one of them. I also think the ease of assembly of these--how they snap together--is just a genius idea for kids and should get them interested in technical things quite early.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: On your mark, get set, Kickstart
Rob Spiegel   11/16/2013 9:54:52 AM
NO RATINGS
A tremendous number of programs have popped up to support kids' involvement with robots. Every time I go to an automation tradeshow these days there is a corral of kids with their home-developed robots.

far911
User Rank
Silver
Re: On your mark, get set, Kickstart
far911   11/16/2013 5:43:43 AM
NO RATINGS
yes it is true.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: On your mark, get set, Kickstart
Ann R. Thryft   11/15/2013 11:51:52 AM
NO RATINGS
Great slideshow, Elizabeth. Modular robotics is becoming a big deal, even when they don't self-assemble. The magnets remind me of the MIT self-assembly robot cubes we covered here http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=268858

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: On your mark, get set, Kickstart
Rob Spiegel   11/14/2013 9:05:01 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes, I agree this model is a breath of fresh air for robotics. Like the Lego robots, this seems perfectly suited for supporting kids as they try their hands at engineering.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: On your mark, get set, Kickstart
Elizabeth M   11/14/2013 7:36:08 AM
NO RATINGS
I will definitely keep an eye on this project, Rob. It seems really cool and I think will also go a long way to encourage kids to make their own robots and foster interest in STEM. I think this also is the aim of the company. How they have connected the robots through magnets and different interfaces, and use this instead of programming, is really unique, I think.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
On your mark, get set, Kickstart
Rob Spiegel   11/14/2013 7:11:53 AM
NO RATINGS
You'll have to let us know how the Kickstarter attempt works in getting these robots up and moving, Elizabeth.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
Solar Impulse 2 -- a 100% solar-powered airplane -- has been completed. It features several advanced materials, some developed specifically for next year's attempted around-the-world flight.
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Lumus and eyeSight have partnered to create consumer-grade devices that offer all the prime functions of smart glasses without the bulk.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
3/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
2/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
12/18/2013 Available On Demand
11/20/2013 Available On Demand
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 21 - 25, Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5


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.
Next Class: April 29 - Day 1
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service