Tag Archives: Robotics

BeagleBone Blue est arrivee! An easy, fast, full-featured robot board at last.

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

 

SoftBank’s New Robot Knows Exactly How You Feel. (That’s Creepy.)

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.)

Robotics Cape for Beaglebone Black

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…

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Printing 3D Molten Metal in Midair

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: Put a Miniature Industrial Robot Arm on Your Desk

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… |.

There are two trends that are going in opposite directions. One is the increasing number of elderly people, and the other is the decline in the number of people to take care of them. Part of the view we’ve already espoused is that robots will start to fill in those gaps.

So says  Jim Osborn, roboticist and executive director of the Robotics Institute’s Quality of Life Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. With HHS telling us that we’ll need 70% more home aide workers soon to care for the burgeoning population of elderly (70 million Americans over the age of 65 by 2030), robots may be our only choice.

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Disruptions: Robots as Home Health Care Aides for the Elderly – NYTimes.com

Iphone Skype cellbot robot DTMF (by minhenes)

Uploaded on Apr 10, 2011

Here is a description of a mobile platform that is remote controlled over Internet WLAN or mobile phone network. 

Skype video call is started from PC to iPhone and dial pad is used in Skype to generate tones.

On another side the cellbot is connected to headphone output of iPhone. MT8870 chip decodes DTMF tones and passes to Arduino board that controlls servos. Wheel servos are modified for continuous rotation.

Options that currently do not work: 
Android phones do not have video in Skype. 
Call between two iPhones – no dial tone pad available