Tag Archives: Robotics

Flying Robot Rockstars…

QuadCopters are becoming the ubiquitous tool of the future; delivering parcels, flying defibrillator and now even musician. KMel Robotics recent music video ‘Flying Robot Rockstars’ demonstrates the point nicely by featuring a group of flying robots that have taken up musical instruments.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the robotic musicians that fly, a music video powered by electricity and Intel. Sit back relax and begin music program 05 in three, two, one, execute.

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Anki DRIVE Battle Grand Prix Fast Approaches, Next Gen Slot Car Racing Without the Slots…

Table top racing has long been the territory of slot car racers, Scalectrix being the brand that kid’s years ago dreamed of. Now Anki’s DRIVE is changing table top racing forever, combining miniature AI controlled RC cars with a vinyl track and a dash of video game action. This is slot car racing taken to 11, the next gen slot cars without the slot and with a whole heap more action.

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Dyson Introduce the 360 Eye, Autonomous Cleaning Done the Dyson Way…

Dyson seems like the sort of man who won’t stop till a new invention is absolutely perfect, this week the English inventor and his company introduced the 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner after 16 years of development.

As with all of Dyson’s gear it is a masterpiece of design, for a humble dirt collecting gadget this is very clever stuff.

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Artificial Skin, Getting That Robotic Touch…

Skin a wonderfully tactile and complex part of the human condition that often goes unnoticed. Scientists this week have demonstrated the most complex artificial skin for robots yet produced. Containing infra-red, heat and accelerometer sensors this is an intelligent hard shell for our robotic creations. Still lagging a long way behind human skin this new robotic facsimile is a huge advancement on previous technology that will eventually be able to include other sensors to enhance our robots sense of touch.

The skin itself is made from a collection of small hexagonal circuit boards – 5 square centimeters each– that are connected to form the skin. Each circuit board contains four infra-red sensors to detect objects within a few centimeters of the skin, six temperature sensors for heat / cold and an accelerometer. The circuit boards have their own processor and communications hardware used to form a network of skin cells.

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