October 22, 2021

Video Friday: TurtleBot 4

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): Silicon Valley Robot Block Party – October 23, 2021 – Oakland, CA, USA SSRR 2021 – October 25-27, 2021 – New York, NY, USA Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy […]
October 22, 2021

What Are the Benefits of Automated Plating?

Automation is an increasingly popular option for high-volume tasks requiring precise results. It minimizes the variability associated with manual tasks. Here are some of the specific benefits of pursuing automated plating. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
October 21, 2021

A technique to automatically generate hardware components for robotic systems

As robots become increasingly sophisticated and advanced, they will typically require a growing amount of hardware components, including robotic limbs, motors, sensors and actuators. In addition, robots have integrated computers that process data collected by their sensors and plan their future actions accordingly. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
October 21, 2021

Control system enables four-legged robots to jump across uneven terrain in real time

A loping cheetah dashes across a rolling field, bounding over sudden gaps in the rugged terrain. The movement may look effortless, but getting a robot to move this way is an altogether different prospect. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
October 21, 2021

Surface Duo 2 review: Microsoft's second dual-screen hybrid is a letdown

Microsoft isn’t giving up on its dual-screen dreams. The company is back this year with a new Surface Duo that looks like it might fix some of the original’s flaws. Instead of a finicky and low-quality camera, the Duo 2 packs a triple-sensor system on its rear, in addition to a selfie shooter inside. The device also has a narrower overall footprint, faster-refreshing screens and some updated software. There’s also support for Microsoft’s Slim Pen 2, which should make drawing […]
October 21, 2021

How to Select the Best Motor for a Jointed Arm Robot

There is a seemingly endless selection of DC, stepper, and servo motor products on the market, each with their own advantages and drawbacks. Going into the selection process having answered a few key questions will vastly simplify the selection process. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
October 20, 2021

Raspberry Pi announces Build HAT—an add-on device that uses Pi hardware to control LEGO Technic motors

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is announcing the release of Raspberry Pi Build HAT—an add-on device that allows users to use Raspberry Pi hardware to control LEGO Technic motors. On the Raspberry Pi News page, company rep Richard Hayler notes that the new device is the result of a collaborative effort between Raspberry Pi and LEGO Education and he describes the new device and the ways it may be used. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
October 20, 2021

A system to transfer robotic dexterous manipulation skills from simulations to real robots

Last year, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems organized the Real Robot Challenge, a competition that challenged academic labs to come up with solutions to the problem of repositioning and reorienting a cube using a low-cost robotic hand. The teams participating in the challenge were asked to solve a series of object manipulation problems with varying difficulty levels. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
October 20, 2021

Helix mattresses review: A bed for every sleeping position – CNET

There are comfortable hybrid mattresses in multiple firmness levels so you can find your perfect match. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
October 20, 2021

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Ethics

Like transformative technologies that came before, the ethics of AI is coming under increased scrutiny, giving birth to regulations and policies constraining the scope of its application. Source: Robotics Tomorrow