September 13, 2010

PR2s Available for Purchase

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For those who crave their very own Willow Garage PR2, they are now available to the masses, at least the masses who can afford them as one will cost you $400,000. With 11 of them already in the field, if you have a proven history of open source programs, you might be eligible for a $120,000 discount.

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September 8, 2010

Enter Trossen's DIY Project Contest

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It's Trossen Contest time once again so get those robotic juices up and flowing. Entrants will be judges by ingenuity, originality/creativity and presentation, documentation and explanation. There is no entrance fee and you might just win one of their incredible prizes that includes a $1,299.00 Interbotix Hexapod, Headplay VR Goggles worth $399.00 and a Roboni-I that retails for $150.00. The contest closes December 1.

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August 9, 2010

Robot Supply and Repair Gives Back

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Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair not only fixes your broken bot, they sell upgrades, attachments, kits and add-ons. They also staged a recent Robot Fair during that city's Art Fair in July. Best of all, their proceeds go to the free student programs at 826michigan.

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July 30, 2010

Must Have: Escape Robot Kit

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Elenco's latest kit can create an Escape Robot that can process information and maneuver around objects autonomously. The kit has a microprocessor, three infrared emitting modules and on IR receiving module. Two different sets of legs can be used for different types of movement. Some soldering is required (iron and solder not included.)

Via Elenco Kits

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July 15, 2010

NASA Issues Centennial Challenge

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NASA has issued a new contest for those who can create robots and the prizes are certainly worth the effort. Referred to as the Centennial Challenge there are three categories:

-Place a small satellite into Earth's orbit twice in one week in the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge and you win a cool $2 million.
-Create a solar-powered vehicle that can run on its own stored energy in the dark in the Night Rover Challenge and $1.5 million is yours.
-In the Sample Return Robot Challenge, if you can get one to fetch without humans, the prize is $1.5 million. (Pay attention, Willow Garage. This one may be right up your alley.)

Proposals are due by September 13 with more details to come.

Via NASA

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Spruce Deuce - Robot Drummer

Musician/artist Steve Averill created Spruce Deuce, a robotic drummer made from birch plywood that gets his rhythm from arm and wrist servos. He is controlled by a Highly Liquid MD24 MIDI servo controller. Interestingly enough, the bot is quite proficient, holds his sticks the right way and seems to respond to voice commands, although he misses some of the subtleties one usually finds in jazz musicians. Oh, wait, that's a robot.

Via Synthtopia

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July 9, 2010

Must Have: Elenco Soccer Robot Kit

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With all the excitement of the World Cup 2010 and Robot World Cup, doesn't it make you want to gather your own robot horde team to conquer the universe competitors? Elenco's Soccer Robot runs on IR remote with a microprocessor and three motors, two for moving forward, backwards and turning, and one for kicking the ball. The 2-pack kit needs 4 AA and 4 AAA batteries (not included) to rule.

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July 8, 2010

Qualcomm Issues AR Development Challenge

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They may not be headed for moviedom, but the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots are the main participants in Qualcomm's new mobile augmented reality platform. Even more fun for those who would like to play, the company has issued an Augmented Reality Developer Challenge with winnings of up to $200,000. Check out their beta now and prepare to play with their AR SDK when it is released this fall.

Via Qualcomm

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June 29, 2010

KUL PR2 Works on Task Specification

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One of Willow Garage's PR2s went to Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and they are working on cooperation between humans and robots. Using iTaSC (Instantaneous Task Specification using Constraints) and skills framework, the bot will be taught to pick up and carry an object at a certain force while avoiding both moving and non-moving objects. To facilitate the experiment, the team will integrate both a localization algorithm (MTTL) into the ROS and the OpenRobot simulator.

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June 22, 2010

KCRS Attempts Line Following Robot Record

The Kansas City Robotics Society and Science City decided to try to break a couple of world records. They devised a 400 ft. course at Union Station with 1 inch wide tape in order to create the planet's largest line follower robot course. KCRS member Micheal Overstreet claims that records were set by 50 robots moving simultaneously for 2 seconds and 15 robots going a full minute.

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