Sphero’s New Robot Is Designed Specifically For STEM Education consumer / STEM / video

Sphero isn’t just a robotic ball that rolls around and taunts your pets. It’s an affordable and fun STEM education platform for kids. The Colorado-based company has revealed their latest edition in their Sphero lineup; it’s called the Sphero SPRK Edition. SPRK is a STEM education program that Sphero launched last year, and it’s the company’s answer to making learning STEM fun. SPRK is designed...

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“Surveillance Camera Footage” Shows The Man Who Killed hitchBOT robots related / video

If you’re not caught up on the recent events of hitchBOT, go ahead and read our coverage on the whole incident before reading this article. Jesse Wellens, the YouTube prankster and vlogger who last saw hitchBOT alive, has supposedly gotten ahold of the surveillance camera footage that shows hitchBOT’s “murder”. But with further inspection, it’s possible that this “footage” could just be a prank set up...

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Engineers At MIT Develop Simple Method To Make Robots More Dexterous robots related / universities / video

All it takes is a fixed object in its surrounding environment and a robot can drastically improve its dexterity. At MIT, engineers have explored this method with simple robotic arms and fixed objects. It method works like this: the robotic arm is outfitted with a simple manipulator that can only grasp small objects, it then rolls around the object to adjust its position, and then it...

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hitchBOT Lasts Just Two Weeks, Gets Destroyed In Philadelphia artificial intelligence / DIY bots / robots related

Two weeks ago, the hitchhiking robot, hitchBOT, set out to travel from Salem, MA to San Francisco, CA. Unfortunately, his adventure was cut short due to some (insert insulting noun) that tore his limbs off, took his head, and left him to rot on the side of the road. The Canadian research group behind the project announced the unfortunate news on Twitter yesterday, but we still don’t...

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This Tiny Water Strider Robot Can Jump On Water universities / video

Robots inspired by nature aren’t only feats of engineering, they’re the potential future of robot design and functionality. By mimicking nature, a robot’s form and function can be simplified, reliable, and efficient. In this case, a team of engineers at Harvard and South Korea’s Seoul National University (SNU) have created a tiny, nature-mimicking robot that can literarily jump on water.   The robot’s design is based...

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“Uber-Like” DroneBase Offers On-Demand Drone Services business / drones / startups

DroneBase, an on-demand drone service startup, is like the Uber for drone services. It lets independent contractor pilots connect with clients to deliver aerial imaging and data via drones. Whether it be geographical mapping for the enterprise or capturing images above real estate, DroneBase is providing an alternative and more affordable solution to drone usage. The rental system is divided into two sections: image and video or...

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Ninox Robotics To Launch Australia’s First Drone For Farmers and Firefighters drones / military / startups

  This past month, an up and coming Australia-based startup, Ninox Robotics, tested their full suite of drone services. They plan on providing these services to farmers, government agencies, and firefighters to solve “billion dollar problems” with military-grade unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In a press release last week, Marcus Erlich of Ninox Robotics said, Australian landholders and managers have been struggling against the problem of invasive...

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NTT Wants To Use Cute Robots To Help The Elderly business / consumer

Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone company (NTT) is planning on using cute household service robots to help the Japanese elderly. The small, friendly-looking robot, Sota, can talk and communicate with smart devices (including other robots) around the house to help people with disabilities. See also – 7 Awesome Drones For Under $50 Like similar robots developed in the past, Sota is designed to help with the elderly...

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Samsung May Be Working On Their Own Selfie Drone business / consumer / drones

It’s no doubt Samsung does a fantastic job at packing tiny but powerful cameras into tiny devices. So it’s not entirely far-fetched that the South Korean company’s next flagship product could be a selfie drone. In an article from SamMobile, Samsung is said to be working on a secret project called “Project Selfie Camera Drone.” Details are scant at the moment, but the whole idea of...

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Underdog Team Bite Force Wins BattleBots 2015 Tournament DIY bots / robots related

That was one hell of a fight between Tombstone and Bite Force. The BattleBots season finale kicked off with a top-seed fight between Tombstone and Bronco, but Tombstone and its destructive spinning blade managed to shred multiple pieces off of Bronco. The only damage that Tombstone sustained was some spilled electrical “guts”, but it was still an obvious win on Tombstone’s part. Ghost Raptor vs....

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