Thursday, August 30, 2012

PhantomX Quadruped Sneak Peak

Published on Aug 29, 2012 by 
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This sneak peak video will give you an idea of what this robot is capable of doing. Stay tuned for

Monday, August 27, 2012

Radio Shack Tough Arduino Project

Radio Shack now sells Arduino boards.  According to Wikipedia, Arduino is a popular open-source single-board microcontroller, descendant of the open-source Wiring platform, designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. The hardware consists of a simple open hardware design for the Arduino board with an Atmel AVR processor and on-board input/output support. The software consists of a standard programming language compiler and the boot loader that runs on the board.

Here's what the kit looks like:

They are promoting this product by showcasing different projects DIYers are creating with it.

Like the Tough Arduino Project:

Here's links showing that project:

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Coltar... Lego mindstorms color sensors create music

Published on Aug 18, 2012 by 
just for fun. here are my other projects... ... and here's the Color Sound Machine:

Friday, August 17, 2012

Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors at MIT

Published on Aug 9, 2012 by 
For decades, academic and industry researchers have been working on control algorithms for autonomous helicopters — robotic helicopters that pilot themselves, rather than requiring remote human guidance. Dozens of research teams have competed in a series of autonomous-helicopter challenges posed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); progress has been so rapid that the last two challenges have involved indoor navigation without the use of GPS.

But MIT's Robust Robotics Group — which fielded the team that won the last AUVSI contest — has set itself an even tougher challenge: developing autonomous-control algorithms for the indoor flight of GPS-denied airplanes. At the 2011 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), a team of researchers from the group described an algorithm for calculating a plane's trajectory; in 2012, at the same conference, they presented an algorithm for determining its "state" — its location, physical orientation, velocity and acceleration. Now, the MIT researchers have completed a series of flight tests in which an autonomous robotic plane running their state-estimation algorithm successfully threaded its way among pillars in the parking garage under MIT's Stata Center.

Read more:

Video: Melanie Gonick, MIT News

Additional footage courtesy of: Adam Bry, Nicholas Roy, Abraham Bachrach of the Robust Robotics Group, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Special thanks to the Office of Naval Research under MURI N00014-09-1-1052 and the Army Research Office under the Micro Autonomous System Technologies program.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The evolution of dance by NAO Robot.

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by 
Evolution Of Dance by NAO
based on Judson Laipply show
animated by Valentin
NAO is a product from:

Monday, August 6, 2012

NASA's Next Rover Has 3D-Printed Parts

Published on Aug 6, 2012 by 
NASA's ultimate goal is to send humans to Mars. And when we get there, we'll be driving a vehicle with 3D-printed parts. In this video, NASA engineers talk about developing and testing a next-generation rover designed to support humans on other worlds, such as asteroids and, eventually, Mars — and how 3D printing helps.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Secret Insect Spy Drones

Published on Jun 14, 2012 by 
The US military has designed drones so small that they are starting to look like tiny insects. These are used to get into areas that they normally wouldn't be able to reach. These secret insect drones are said to help the fight against terrorism/terrorists and help protect us.

Ya, they look cool and could also make a fun toy but is this something that could cause concern in the future?

People in the New York and Washington DC area have been reporting strange sightings of what were describe as tiny

machines hovering around different gatherings like the antiwar rally in Lafayette Square last month. A student swore these were not real bugs.

The FBI, CIA and other various government organizations have all denied such claims of having mini spy drones at work.

I guess if we generally trust our government they would only be used to help keep our nation safe. After all, if government organizations really wanted to spy on us, I'm sure they can find less expensive ways.

More on Insect Sized Spy Drones?!

Airforce developing tiny insect spy drones

Spy-Butterfly: Israel developing insect drone for indoor surveillance

Micro-machines are go: The U.S. military drones that are so small they even look like insects. cyborg insect drones

Navy Drone Crashes in Maryland

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tail Assisted Dynamic Self Righting Robot

Published on Jul 29, 2012 by 
This video is a demonstration of two robots, the 160g Tailbot (a 4 wheeled robot) and the 8.1kg XRL (a RHex hexapedal robot), using their inertial tails to perform aerial self righting behaviors. This work was presented at CLAWAR 2012, and the paper can be found here:

Tailbot, and its biological inspiration, were introduced here:

XRL is a lighter version of X-RHex, introduced here: