Category Archives: Robots

Robot Turtles Teaches Kids Programming Basics!

Robot Turtles Teaches Kids Programming Basics!

There has always been a theory that learning something at a young age is better as the youngster is able to pick things up without much effort at all a good example of this is languages. This the idea being implemented by Robot Turtles, it’s a board games aimed at the 3 to 8 year group, it takes no time at all to get going and while playing the game the kinds are learning the basics of programming. So what are going to find inside the Robot Turtles box? Let’s take a closer look inside; you will be getting a foldable game board that measures up at 20 inches x 20 inches and is made from heavy duty chipboard!

Naturally, you get the full colour set of rules; you cannot play a game without rules, there are four robot turtle tiles these tiles measure up at 2 inches x 2 inches and are made from heavy chipboard. There are four decks of playing cards, which is one for each player each deck is made up with 36 full sized cards, there are also fourteen stone wall tiles, ten ice wall tiles and four robot gem tiles to complete the set. This is a game that is ready to launch, it should be available very soon and it is going to cost $25, which is around £20.

Source: Think Fun

 

Build And Programme Your Own Pi-Bot Robot!

Build And Programme Your Own Pi-Bot Robot!

Robotics are cool these days, no longer are we fearful of Skynet taking control of the robot empire, in fact, robotics is embracing a new frontier in design and build, the Pi-Bot is a good example of this as it is easy to build, programme and its affordable too! This starter robotics kit is part of the Stem Center USA project that after year of practice and development have started to provide an excellent learning scheme for students of all ages, just an interest in robotics is the only requirement to make use of the Pi-Bot kits.

So, what is in the box? The Pi-Bot kit has all you need to create a cool programmable robot such as; the Pi shape acrylic chassis and the STEM controller board with the Arduino compatible microcontroller. There is a USB cable, Motor controller, Gearbox, Wheels, Ball-bearing castor, Ultrasonic distance sensor, Line tracking sensor. As well as the mini bread board, LEDs and resistors, Wireset and jumpers, Power switch, Mounting brackets, 4 AA battery holder, Spacers and fasteners. The Pi-Bot kit comes with easy to follow instructions and there is no soldering required, just a bit of planning in advance.

The Pi-Bot is expected to be going on sale this summer, but for now, you are able to pre order the Pi-Bot starter kit, which includes everything you need to get started from just $75 or around £46.

Source: Stem Center USA

 

The SDR Remote Controlled Robot Snow Plow!

The SDR Remote Controlled Robot Snow Plow!

When we hear about robots, it is only natural to think either about Terminators or those machines that build cars in factories. However, when Super Droid Robots (SDR) brought out a new remote controlled robot that comes with a snow plow, we just have to take a look at it and in this case, it was worth it. This is the New SDR Custom RC 6WD Robot with Snow Plow; it looks like a Mobile Analytic Laboratory Probe (M.A.L.P.) for the hit TV series Stargate, but with six chunky wheels and a platform for carrying gear on. It measures up at 38.5 inches wide x 16 inches tall x 63.5 inches in length with the snow plow blade (52 inches width x 16 inches high) attached and it weighs in at a massive 393 pounds as it stands.

The six wheel remote controlled robot, is not just for clearing snow away, although it does a great job in the video! It can be used to carry goods and equipment to disaster and war zones, there are many uses for this kind of robot in the civilian world and there are probably military uses too. The downside to this cool remote controlled robot is the cost; expect to pay around $8000 or £4900 for it!

Source: Super Droid Robots

 

Build Your Own Robot Army With Light Play!

Build Your Own Robot Army With Light Play!

This sounds like a dream come true the chance to build a robot army! We are not talking about toys here, these are real intelligent robots based on the arm robots used in factories. The difference here is that these robots have three arms that work together allowing it to move in a different way than expected. This is a brilliant way for anyone to get involved in robotics and the great thing is that you do not have to stop at one robot; you can build yourself an entire army or robots. Who knows where that can lead? So, that all sounds great, but what do you get in the DIY robot building kit? First of all there is the brain board PCB, you get the six arms, three servo paddles and three servo brackets. There is a single end effector, six base spacers, four PCB spacers, twelve steel balls and three power HD servo motors. Finally, the kit comes with the acrylic mounting plates, an RGB LED with wire harness, one dome light defuser, all of the hardware needed for the build including screws and the AA battery holder with switch.

If you are interested in building your own robot army, then you can pre order the start kit from just $95 or £59 taking over the world does not cost that much these days!

Source: Light Play

WowWee MiP Looks Like A Robot Mashed Up With Segway!

WowWee MiP Looks Like A Robot Mashed Up With Segway!

When you first see the MiP (Mobile Inverted Pendulum) robot, it is easy to think of it as being the latest toy and so you start off on the wrong footing straight away, even though this assumption is completely wrong, as the MiP is much more than that. The battery powered MiP is an intelligent seven inch tall robot that has the look of the cool RoboSapien just smaller and more fun by the looks of it. The MiP has been designed through a joint partnership between the robotics designer WowWee and the Coordinated Robotics Lab based at the University of California in San Diego. MiP is clever, it balances on those two wheels with ease, while if it falls over it will right itself, but for more user control there is a smartphone app. In order to connect simply open the app and the MiP user screen will appear on the smartphone display where you can take control of the MiP straightaway! It is much better than using Bluetooth etc.

The MiP will be launching this Summer when it’s going to cost you around $120 or £73, hopefully there will be more apps available by them, which will make the MiP more interesting.

Source: Wow Wee

NASA Investigates Mysterious Rock Appearance On Mars!

NASA Investigates Mysterious Rock Appearance On Mars!

As we get to see more images from Mars the more mysterious, the red planet becomes. Instead of proving that there is no life on Mars, the images throw up more questions than they answer. In this case, we have an image taken from the Opportunity Rover as part of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission. One image taken on SOL 3528 shows no rock, whereas a second image taken on SOL 3540 shows a rock. This rock has mysteriously appeared out of nowhere and needless to say has started a mystery that only NASA can solve. Is the rock a meteorite or something that the Rover has disturbed?

Source: Geek

 

Budgee The Robot That Helps You Out With The Chores!

Budgee The Robot That Helps You Out With The Chores!

It is not exactly iRobot, but Five Elements Robotics has developed the Budgee robot to help us humans with those boring and mundane tasks such as fetching and carrying. The robot looks a bit like a trolley but instead of pushing it around, it follows you wherever you go, can carry up to fifty pound in weight and its battery pack can last for up to eight hours! This is clearly a step in the right direction where robotics is concerned; the Budgee is a serviceable machine that is affordable and interesting. Imagine what a trip to the shops is going to be like with the Budgee following you around the stores and carrying your purchases for you. Once its job has been done, the Budgee will fold right down for easy transportation and storage. The robot uses a sensor to connect with the person its following; it can also be remotely controlled through an app on a Smartphone or tablet device. The design team are working on an alert feature so that if the Budgee goes out of sensor range it will alert the user through the app; this is great just in case somebody decides to run off with it why you are not looking.

The Budgee will be launching this summer the full details are not available yet, but this little companion can be pre ordered from around $1300 or £792, it might sound a lot, but remember this is a companion helper not a toy.

Source: Five Elements Robotics

 

The Rolling Robot Sphero Has A Bigger Brother!

The Rolling Robot Sphero Has A Bigger Brother!

The Rolling Robot Sphero Has A Bigger Brother!

Remember the Sphero rolling robot that is controlled from a Smartphone? Well there is an upgraded version on the way; it is still called Sphero, but this time, its version 2B that we are looking at its compatible with iOS and Android devices. The original Sphero could roll at seven feet per second and had a range of up to a hundred feet, so what does the 2B model have to offer the buyer? The Sphero 2B is charged via a USB connection and is able to travel at speeds of up to fourteen feet per second, double that of the previous model. It is customizable with special tyres and hubcaps so all terrains can be conquered with ease. The new device comes with built in infrared so that two Sphero 2B’s are able to interact together for cool fun and games. To make it even more interesting, the user can program the device to carry out tasks and tricks.

The Rolling Robot Sphero Has A Bigger Brother!

The Sphero 2B is expected to be launching later on in the year when the price is expected to be around $100 or £62 and it can be reserved on the Go Sphero 2B website.

Source: Go Sphero

Knightscope Build Life Size R2-D2 Style Robots For Security Work!

Knightscope Build Life Size R2-D2 Style Robots For Security Work!

Knightscope Build Life Size R2-D2 Style Robots For Security Work!

All fans of science fiction believe that one day robots will be used more and more in all sorts of industries. However, it is the design that varies, while some think of the Terminator, others are thinking of R2-D2 style robots. The Knightscope follows the later and the idea is that eventually it will be carrying out patrols, making reports and at some taking measures to prevent crime.

Knightscope Build Life Size R2-D2 Style Robots For Security Work!

To get an idea of its size, the Knightscope measures up at 60 Inches (1524 mm) high x 36 Inches (914 mm) long x 32 inches (813 mm) wide and it weighs in at a hefty 300 pounds (136 kg), so this is a real size robot that has the potential to serve and protect. The Knightscope will be equipped with cameras, sensors and will be able to analyze the behaviour of the humans around it.

Knightscope Build Life Size R2-D2 Style Robots For Security Work!

There are no details yet, on how much the Knightscope is likely to cost or even when it will become available. The question should be how far are these robots going to go and how will governments and business use these robots to prevent crimes.

Source: Knightscope

Kids Learn To Program Robots With The Play-i System!

Kids Learn To Program Robots With The Play-i System!

Kids Learn To Program Robots With The Play-i System!

Robots are nothing like what we had to play with as kids, the robots of today are clever and interactive just like they were in the science fiction movies. Thanks to Play-i, there comes a new era in programmable robots, Bo and Yana can work together or on their own, but the child will be learning through play all the time and this is a valuable commodity at such a crucial time in the child’s development.

Kids Learn To Program Robots With The Play-i System!

There are two robots in the Play-i range the first is; Bo, this is a single ball shaped robot that is like a little independent rover that goes around exploring new situations. It learns as it goes and will soon become a friend. While Yana, on the other hand is the wise old storyteller that not only entertains it teaches the child, while bringing the power of imagination to life through play and games.

Kids Learn To Program Robots With The Play-i System!

The cost of these devices vary according to the robot chosen, Yana starts from $59 or £36 and Bo starts from $169 or £103, so there is plenty of scope available to build a nice collection of robots and accessories over a period of time.

Source: Play-i