Finally! Bluetooth and Wifi! The Beaglebone.org foundation and developer/roboticist James Strawson officially announce the “blue” version of the Beaglebone (formerly Black). Besides its long-awaited on board wifi (no more dongles…whew) and bluetooth, the board is optimized and designed specifically to make building robots faster and easier. With its battery management, integrated outputs for multiple motors and servos, and inline sensors, it might very well blow past the Raspberry Pi3 as a go-to DIY option for entry-level roboticists.
Source: Meet BeagleBone® Blue. Robots. Fast. – Embedded Computing Design
Pepper, the new robot from SoftBank, sees your face, hears your voice and knows if you’re happy, sad or just not that into him.
Source: SoftBank’s New Robot Knows Exactly How You Feel. (That’s Creepy.)
Although not on the market as of mid-Feb. 2014, this intriguing new add-on to the Beaglebone Black promises to provide an array of appealing features for running your robots. Called the Novus Robotics Cape, the microcomputer “cape” comes with an onboard accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer, and connectors for three quadrature encoder equipped motors. And the best part? All designs and code are open source. The downside? It doesn’t seem to be able to mix cocktails…
Not to belabor the robotic arm and 3D printing meme…however. A near desktop-sized robotic device to print and weld metal in mid-air? For DIYers and entrepreneurs, it’s further proof that 3D printing is reaching beyond the hobbyist-and-doodad stage and moving into a bona fide manufacturing realm. Watch this 1-minute video and see how 3D printing’s getting more weird and wonderful all the time.
From Gizmodo via The Joris Laarman Lab.
uArm is an Arduino-powered desktop 4-axis parallel-mechanism robot arm, modeled after the ABB industrial PalletPack robot.
from futurescope: uArm: Put a Miniature Industrial… |.