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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Singularity Hub

Singularity Hub: Robotics

Singularity Hub offers the latest news in science and technology: covering areas such as genetics, stem cells, robots, longevity, health, gadgets, the future, artificial intelligence, the singularity, body implants, and more.

BEAM Robotics

BEAM Robotics

BEAM is a type of robotics that stands for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics. BEAM robotics focus on simplicity and do not use any programming to accomplish their tasks. Many of the robots are either photophobic or phototropic and will react to their light source accordingly.

Twin-Engine Solar Roller

Zach DeBord and his amazing BEAM creations. A Chicago-based designer and Web developer who's done work for (among others) Comcast, Volvo and Yellow Tail (, Zach's bots put the "A" (as in "Aesthetics") back into BEAM, with gorgeous, meticulous designs that are as much objets d'art as autonomous robo-critters.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Robotics Course Ware is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world.

We created the site for the primary purpose of providing a resource to faculty at colleges and universities to facilitate the implementation of new robotics courses or the improvement of existing courses. We would particularly like to enable institutions without core expertise in robotics to begin to introduce these concepts into their curricula.

In developing and populating the site, we have prioritized the following:

Providing original, easily-modifiable curricular content, typically in .ppt and .doc formats

Covering the range of primary areas of robotics pedagogy, including robot mechanics, control, motion planning, vision, and localization, with less emphasis on secondary areas and courses in which robotics is used as platform to teach concepts in other academic areas does not grant credits or degrees, and does not provide access to faculty. However, the site does give you open access to the materials used in a variety of robotics courses taught around the world.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 Beta

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 Beta

Microsoft® Robotics Developer Studio 4 Beta (Microsoft RDS) is a Windows®-based environment for academic, hobbyist, and commercial developers to help them easily create robotic applications across a wide variety of hardware.

Microsoft RDS includes a lightweight asynchronous services-oriented runtime, a set of visual authoring and simulation tools, as well as templates, tutorials, and sample code to help you get started.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Master of Science - Robotics Systems Development (MRSD) Program at Carnegie Mellon

MRSD Program Curriculum

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Robotic Systems Development (MRSD) is an advanced graduate degree program for beginning or early-entry practicing professionals that are already in, or seeking to enter into, the field of robotics and automation. This Masters degree program distinguishes itself from any other offered program by teaching the multidisciplinary know-how and skills needed to succeed in today’s industry.

16-722 – Sensors, Sensing and Perception

The EPFL jumpglider: A hybrid jumping and gliding robot

Laboratory of Intelligent Systems

Recent work suggests that wings can be used to prolong the jumps of miniature jumping robots. However, no functional miniature jumping robot has been presented so far that can successfully apply this hybrid locomotion principle. In this publication, we present the development and characterization of the 'EPFL jumpglider', a miniature robot that can prolong its jumps using steered hybrid jumping and gliding locomotion over varied terrain. For example, it can safely descend from elevated positions such as stairs and buildings and propagate on ground with small jumps. The publication presents a systematic evaluation of three biologically inspired wing folding mechanisms and a rigid wing design. Based on this evaluation, two wing designs are implemented and compared.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Alpha One Labs

Alpha One Labs

Alpha One Labs hackerspace was founded in July 2009. Promoting radical inclusivity, Alpha One Labs aims to provide a fun, tool rich space for users of all ages and interests to work on projects together.

i3Detroit - Imagine, Innovate & Inspire


i3 Detroit is a collaborative environment for people to explore the balance between technology, art and culture. We feel the best way to create this environment is to bring like mind people together that share a common passion for technology, art and culture.

Robotics Open Platform

Robotic Open Platform (ROP) aims to make hardware designs of robots available under an Open Hardware license to the entire robotic community. It provides CAD drawings, electric schemes and the required documentation to build their own robot.

We Robot Conference on Robot Legality Scheduled for 2012

Robot Conference on Robot Legality

The first ever We Robot conference (on legal and policy issues relating to robotics) has been scheduled for April of next year. We spend a lot of time talking about the technical aspects of robotics around here, and a conference about legal and policy stuff may sound a little bit ho-hum. But, it's actually a Really Big Deal.

Friday, December 2, 2011