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Watch tiny fighting robots vie for the Robo-One championship Japan's Robo-One tournament for humanoid boxing robots took place last weekend, and Robots Dreams has posted a gallery of the tiny robots duking it out in the ring. Even better, they have full video of the winning match, where reigning champion GAROO knocked out challenger Gargoyle Mini. The Kinect-like control pioneered by Robo-One regular King Kizer isn't yet viable in these fights, but that doesn't make them any less entertaining or — dare we say — adorable.
DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots
Makers Kimmo & Tero Karvinen, authors of Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets, brought a very interesting project along with them to Maker Faire: Bay Area last year: an Arduino robot you control with your mind! The robot was a huge success and had a lot of people asking, “How do I build one?” Fortunately, Kimmo & Tero teamed up with Maker Press to bring you their latest book, Make a Mind-Controlled Arduino Robot (now available in the Maker Shed), so you can build one of your own. Mary Rotman, Publicist at O’Reilly Media, recently caught up with Kimmo & Tero for a quick Q&A. Have you always been “makers”? Make a Mind-Controlled Arduino Robot
Un bras bionique connecté au système nerveux Un bras bionique connecté au système nerveux Todd Kuiken est un ingénieur et chirurgien de talent qui a mis au point une prothèse de bras robotisée capable de se connecter avec le système nerveux humain. Cela permet au porteur de la diriger dans des mouvements souples et précis et même de ressentir les choses (au touché). Il est passé chez TED avec sa patiente Amanda Kitts qui est équipée de ce bras bionique et c'est franchement très impressionnant.
Some researchers at MIT have created a system that allows a pile of "smart pebbles" — tiny, cube-shaped robots — to create a 3D copy of whatever gets placed in it. Professor Daniela Rus and her student and co-author Kyle Gilpin will be presenting their results, complete with experiments using 10-millimeter cube prototypes, at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in May. In order to reproduce a 3D model, the first step is figuring out what you're reproducing, and the pebbles do this by figuring out if they're surrounded on all sides by other pebbles (in which case they're not touching the object to be copied), or if they're on a border somewhere (in which case they might be touching the object). Once the pebbles figure out where the model is they can send messages to neighboring pebbles to bond together and reproduce the same model. Robot pebbles cooperate to copy and build 3D models
Kinect Hackers Are Changing the Future of Robotics | Magazine The Kinect lets people navigate the digital world through gestures rather than mouseclicks.Illustration: Justin Wood For 25 years, the field of robotics has been bedeviled by a fundamental problem: If a robot is to move through the world, it needs to be able to create a map of its environment and understand its place within it. Roboticists have developed tools to accomplish this task, known as simultaneous localization and mapping, or SLAM. But the sensors required to build that map have traditionally been either expensive and bulky or cheap and inaccurate.
Telepresence is cool, but it's currently not very versatile and--at least if you're going the commercial telepresence robot route--pretty expensive. For a princely sum, you can remotely putter around a faraway office or home and communicate with people there via a computer terminal. Outside of that, the technology has yet to break down any serious walls. That is, until software engineer Taylor Veltrop devised a way to brush his cat remotely via a robotic avatar, spearheading what could be the biggest revolution in cat-grooming technology since that kitty brush that you wear like a glove. Video: Groombot Brushes Cat, Ushering in a New Era of Remote Robo-Petting
Les robots débarquent et c'est une bonne nouvelle - Le robot Justin de l'agence spatiale allemande attrape une balle Michael Dalder / Reuters - Cet article est issu de Future Tense, une collaboration entre l’université de l’Arizona, la New American Foundation et Slate.com Le 24 juin, lors d’une visite au Centre national d’ingénierie robotique de l’université Carnegie Mellon, le président Barack Obama a annoncé que l’État américain allait doter la National Robotics Initiative (Initiative robotique nationale) d’un budget de 70 millions de dollars.