Disney Plans To Bring Animated Characters To Life With Robots robots related / video

Disney is planing to bring their magical animated characters to life through robotics. The Disney Research group, a division that leads interesting projects behind the spotlight, has recently developed a bipedal robotic pair of legs that can wobble around like an animated character (Baymax?). So far, this is what they’ve come up with. The process starts with animating a pair of legs in a computer-aided physics simulator. This...

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Millirobot From UC Berkeley Becomes The Fastest Robot In The World universities / video

The Biomimetic Millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley develops bio-inspired autonomous small-scale robots. The X2-VelociRoACH may be inspired by nature, but if pitted against a real cockroach in a race, the poor little cockroach wouldn’t stand a chance. Operating at a stride frequency of 45 Hz it can move up to 4.9 m/s, or 11 mph, making it the fastest robot of its size. So how...

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MegaBots Shows Off Giant Mech Robot At Maker Faire military / robots related / video

Back in October of 2014, MegaBots took to Kickstarter to raise funds for their giant fighting mech robots. The campaign, which sought to raise $1.8M, was unsuccessful, but that didn’t stop MegaBots from constructing their monstrous mech robot. See Also –  WowWee MiP Robot YouTube channel Tested ran into MegaBots and their giant mech at the Bay Area Maker Faire, and it’s fair enough to...

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Imagine if Amazon’s drone program were launched tomorrow. With the current lightweight drone capabilities, they would only be able to deliver packages to locations roughly 25 minutes away. This would mean that to actually receive a package you would have to be pretty close to a distribution center. Flight times are short due to the payload of a battery (and even shorter depending on the...

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This Foldable Drone Can Takeoff In A Snap drones

  Whipping out your drone has never been easier than before. Researchers Stefano Mintchev and Dario Floreano at EPFL have designed a drone that can unfold its arms and takeoff in less than a second. In it’s wrapped up trapezoid-shaped form, the drone’s arms are tucked into itself, but to initiate flight, the arms fling out, snap into place, the rotors spin up, and the...

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Robolink is on a mission to provide an affordable option for kids who want to learn about robotics. The San Diego-based startup has been testing their prototype on thousands of elementary school students through their educational centers as well as 15+ schools and are preparing for an official release in July. CEO and founder Hansol Hong says, Learning to program our robots is a perfect...

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IIT’s WALKMAN Humanoid Robot Readies Up For Summer DARPA Robotics Challenge military

Back in December of 2013, 16 robotics teams from around the world competed in the DARPA’s DRC (DARPA Robotics Challenge) trials to gain a spot in the 2015 summer finals. The DRC Finals, which take place on June 5-6, consists of 25 teams and their highly advanced humanoid robots. The robots will have to use their various technological features to complete multiple disaster-response related tasks (climbing...

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Source: Forbes consumer / drone / startups

It seems like every week there is a new startup developing a UAV platform which will suit the needs of a niche group of people. From photographers, to adrenaline junkies (see Lily) and people who just like to fly fast drones around, the industry is teeming with options to choose from. As drones continue to gain commercial success, the need for a general operating system is increasing....

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The Lily Drone Is An Automatic Flying GoPro Camera consumer / drones

The trend of auto-follow drones is growing strong. With more and more automatic, controller-free drones hitting the market, more startups are packing in new and exciting features into their drones. This is Lily. Lily is like a flying GoPro. It includes all the technical specs of an HD action camera, but you don’t wear it. Instead, you toss the Lily drone into the air to...

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