Posts tagged robots

DIY Johnny 5 robot kit available.
The US$1,400 kit lets you create a fully functional model of the robot from the 80s movie Short Circuit.

The robot is made from Servo Erector Set aluminum brackets, custom injection molded components, and ultra-tough laser-cut Lexan structural components. The torso is fully articulated utilizing 8 x HS-645MG, 3 x HS-475HB / HS-485HB, and 3 x HS-422 servos, and our SSC-32 servo controller. By utilizing heavy duty polypropylene and rubber tracks with durable ABS molded sprockets the robot has excellent traction. It includes two 12vdc 50:1 gear head motors and the Sabertooth 2 x 5 motor controller.
The combo kit includes the powerful Lynxmotion Sequencer Program for PC. You can control the robot from a PC with the included DB9 cable, or use our DFRobot bluetooth/APC220/Xbee modules for wireless PC control. 

DIY Johnny 5 robot kit available.

The US$1,400 kit lets you create a fully functional model of the robot from the 80s movie Short Circuit.

The robot is made from Servo Erector Set aluminum brackets, custom injection molded components, and ultra-tough laser-cut Lexan structural components. The torso is fully articulated utilizing 8 x HS-645MG, 3 x HS-475HB / HS-485HB, and 3 x HS-422 servos, and our SSC-32 servo controller. By utilizing heavy duty polypropylene and rubber tracks with durable ABS molded sprockets the robot has excellent traction. It includes two 12vdc 50:1 gear head motors and the Sabertooth 2 x 5 motor controller.

The combo kit includes the powerful Lynxmotion Sequencer Program for PC. You can control the robot from a PC with the included DB9 cable, or use our DFRobot bluetooth/APC220/Xbee modules for wireless PC control. 

Video: Programmable self-assembly in a thousand-robot swarm.

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Baxter is an (almost) affordable industrial robot.

Rethink Robotics industrial robot is notable for being only US$25,000, which is pretty surprising for an industrial robot.

Video: Jibo, the family robot.

Jibo’s makers claim it’s the ‘World’s first family robot’. The device sits on a table or bench, and uses two high resolution cameras, 360 degree microphones, and an HD touchscreen to recognise faces, take photos, tell stories, deliver hands free messages, and more.

What’s really striking about the device though is it’s movement - it looks like a cute cousin of Wall-E straight out of a Pixar movie. According to the team, it’s from their “ deep expertise in animation and social robotics with Huge Design’s stellar talent in sophisticated and cutting-edge industrial design” - check it out in the video above.

Jibo has just passed US$1,000,000 and is still taking pre-orders. They don’t expect to ship the first units until December 2015, although that’s still ahead of a planned public release in 2016.

Check out the Jibo Indiegogo page here.

Robotic device gives users extra fingers

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A robotic device developed at MIT mimics the movements of a users hand, essentially giving them two extra fingers. 

Video: Bio-Bots.

University of Illinois researchers have created robots that move using living muscle tissue.

Video: NASA rover roams the underside of frozen lakes.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is working on a rover that can be inserted under an ice sheet, before using its buoyancy to enable it to be driven untethered underwater, using the underside of the ice for traction.

One day such a system could be used on the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, but for now it’s being tested in Alaska, measuring salt content and temperature of the water there.