We have seen the growth of drones being used for videos and photos, but these are normally quite expensive and therefore not accessible to everyone, but here is an idea that is promising to bring the joys of remote control flying and filming for around a hundred Euros. What ’s more, the Pocketcopter as the name suggests fits into your pocket or bag. When its needed assembly is easy within no time at all, the drone will be airborne and being controlled by the dedicated app installed onto the users Smartphone or tablet device. Amazingly, it comes with a high quality 3D HD camera; the rotor blades are completely removable.
It comes with a 12V rechargeable battery pack that when fully charged will provide the user with about six hours of camera time and twenty five minutes of flight time. It comes with a range of around ten metres and it uses a Micro SD card for storing all of the images and video collected during the flights. As for its size, it measures 19 cm (H) and 4.5 cm (D), so you can see how it is classed as being pocket sized. The pocketcopter will be taking off in the middle of next year with a price tag of around 100 Euros, but pre order now and you can get one for just 89 Euros, it is not a massive saving granted but it is nevertheless a saving.
First there was the Sphero that little ball of fun of that impressed us so much, now there is the Ollie its bigger brother with a couple of wheels and nubby tyres that is getting ready to roll. Ollie is the main of the machine, it is the brain and the control centre all rolled into one and yet without wheels it is going nowhere. So add a couple of wheels, chunky tires, some hubs and let the fun begin. This is the evolution of the Sphero its capable of reaching speeds of up to 14 mph and its Bluetooth connection can reach up to a 100 feet, once it gets out of range we are guessing Ollie is on his own and who knows what he is going to get up to!
To the charge Ollie, simply connect the cable to the nearest USB port and to control this little energetic robot there are smartphone apps available from Google Play for Android and iTunes for iOS devices. Your smartphone will be the connection to Ollie. The Ollie will be hitting the streets very soon and the base model will set you back just $100, although there is a limited darker version of Ollie coming out in November it will cost $150 and promises to blow the completion away.
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When you think of a robot, Jibo is probably not the thing that you might be thinking of and yet it has been designed with human social interaction in mind. It stands at just 11.5 inches tall, it comes with a nice 5.7 inch Smartphone type display and it plugs into a nearby mains power supply so no batteries are required, that is what makes the Jibo a social robot. The Jibo is fully functional and comes with all of the tools needed to interact in your home and with your family. It has two hi res cameras, 360 degree microphones, its artificial intelligence algorithms, offers hands free reminder & notifications, communicating in a natural language and that means Jibo is your families robotic personal assistant.
The Jibo is easy to set up too, just follow the instructions to connect to a wireless connection, then help Jibo to recognise your face and voice. All you need to do now is learn how you can ask Jibo questions and to make all of that easier there is the Jibo Smartphone app available on Android or iOS. The team behind Jibo are not going to be rushed into launching the home edition, you can expect to wait until the end of 2015 to see one, but it can be pre ordered today at just $500, which is not a high price to pay for something that promises so much.
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If you thought that the rise of the machines would never happen, then think again! Because thanks to Gavin Free, Geoff Ramsey and Griffon Ramsey they thought that strapping a larger kitchen knife to a Roomba sounds like fun. However, not satisfied with that, they have two of these machines and while that sounds like seriously cool robot battle fun, just remember that robots are capable of learning and in this case, they are learning how to kill! If you are wondering how this game works, well they simply attach a balloon to the rear of the machine and the Roomba that loses its balloon first has lost the battle. It is interesting to seeing just quickly these vacuum cleaners learn the rules of the game and get work by slicing the life from the other machines balloon.
The trouble is, will nobody ever learn! Strapping sharp kitchen knives to a robot and allowing it roam free around the home is a bad idea, once they get the taste of battle who knows where they are going to stop? Next time you hear the Roomba start its cleaning cycle, make sure that you sleep with one eye open if it runs at night or keep your feet off the floor at any other time of the day. As for the cat and dog, well in war it everyone for themselves!
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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.
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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
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