Modular robots are cool and the GroBotz are practical too as they come with a whole host of modules and a Smartphone app too. Continue reading →
Why have an ordinary quadcopter when you can have a cool looking Tie Interceptor quadcopter that is bound to create a fuss whenever it’s seen flying around night sky. This is a brilliant piece of design that really does look like the Empire has arrived and they are about to insist that Earth becomes part of the Galactic Empire. However, seriously, there is some interesting technology involved in creating this cool Tie Interceptor.
The Tie Interceptor quadcopter is a made using a Prophecy 335 with a custom frame made from carbon and aluminium, it is powered by a T-Motors 2208-18 1100kV motor, the speed controllers are T-Motors T30A and the propellers are HQprop 8×4.5SF. It has a Naza v1 Flight controller and a Futaba 14SG radio system with the FrSky TFR6 receiver. While the ground camera used in the video is a Gopro 4 in Silver with 1080p-50.
The Quad & battery weigh in at 810 grams and the Tie Interceptor machine measures in at 400 grams with the LiPo 4S-1800mAh battery installed. If you want to create a stir in your neighbourhood then this has to be one of the best ways of doing it, as there are plenty of Star Wars fans out there.
Source: RC Groups
With a vast amount of Drones available to the public, it must be hard to choose the right one from the different sizes and prices. Continue reading →
Having a telepresence sounds ideal for anyone who cannot or does not want to get around, but is this science fiction? Well any fan of the Big Bang Theory would know that Sheldon created a cool telepresence device. It seems that the only way we are going to know if this sort of thing will work is to take a closer look at one. This is the Origibot, a telepresence device that is not only functional, it’s affordable too.
The design allows the user to pair an Android or iOS powered Smartphone or tablet so that the user is able to communicate with others using tow way audio and video. The Origibot is controlled online through the app. To manoeuvre the Origibot it is just like playing a game, the joystick feature allows the user to move the Origibot forward, backward, turn left, turn right, and to stop. While the arm and gripper means that it can carry stuff and even open doors.
The Origibot will be launching sometime this year with a price tag of around $900, but get your order in now and you only need to pay $600 for the Origibot with Arm and Gripper function.
Ever since Back To The Future II came to 2015, we have desired hoverboards, flying cars, self tying shoes and just about every kind of wearable technology we could think of too. However, that was in 1989 and still we are waiting for some of this cool stuff to become part of our everyday lives. However, there are signs of cool wearable technology designs coming in the pipeline, such as the Zipperbot, it’s from the Sartorial Robotics team and as its name implies this tiny robot love nothing more than to zip up and unzip a jacket, coat or just about anything with a zip.
Zipperbot, a robotic continuous closure for fabric edge joining, was developed to explore autonomous control of a sartorial gesture and performed as a wearable robot, which was evaluated through social interactions.
Just imagine being dressed automatically by the tiny Zipperbot robotic zipper, it would be probably feel creepy at first, but after a while we would probably get used to having a mini robot crawling all around us doing and undoing the zips up. So, if you like the idea of wearable technology helping out when you are in a hurry to get out and do not have the time to put your coat on properly the Zipperbot is definitely for you.
Source: Personal Robots Group
This could be seen as a prelude to the Rise of the Machines, but Air 2015 is a demonstration of how cool drones are. The show is a mix of drones, races, battles, music, video and special effects, a bit like a circus where the performers are drones. The action takes place at the Amsterdam Arena later on this year, detail of tickets etc, will be announced in due course, we cannot wait for more details on this cool show.
This year we welcome you to “Our World of AIR”, the global premiere will be at the Amsterdam Arena. We can’t wait to bring to you the first ever drone entertainment show in the world. This show reaches a new level in entertainment where visitors will be immersed into 3D effects instead of standard 2D experience, proving that innovation is sensational and nothing is impossible!
This show is just another example of how drones can be used for a wide variety of tasks including entertainment, it will be interesting to see what the audience reaction is at the show and if its favourable maybe there will be more shows taking place in different locations. We shall wait and see.
Source: Air 2015
It is all too easy to think the worse that can happen when it comes to the research and development of robots, but here is one design that will get the support of everyone, even people who think that robots will take over the world one day will see that there is a use for this robot. Its full title is the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot or the much easier to say SAFFiR robot, it is being supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a method of fighting fire on board ships of all sizes.
The main job of the SAFFiR is to seek out and fight fires in the confined spaces found below decks on board ships. These areas are very dangerous for humans to fight fires in because of the cramped conditions with low light and little air available.
Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), SAFFiR is a two-legged, or bipedal, humanoid robot designed to help researchers evaluated unmanned systems to support Sailors with damage control aboard naval vessels.
There is no news on when Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot – SAFFiR is likely to be used in the real world, but there is definitely a need for this type of robot.
Source: US Navy Research YouTube Channel
If you are going to have a quadcopter you are probably going to want to have the best one possible depending on your budget etc. However, sometimes that is not going to stop some people. For instance this is Reddit user Olivier-FR’s quadcopter, you may already know what it is.
This is a Prophecy 335 quadcopter complete with a custom designed and built Millennium Falcon frame made from carbon and aluminium. It looks spectacular and flies brilliantly, just as you would expect the Millennium Falcon to perform.
Source: Olivier-FR On Reddit
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The sale of quadcopters has been booming recently and they are available in all shapes, sizes and prices. However, it seems that not all quadcopters are the same, some have been weaponised and the video above shows just how a simple drone can become a weapon that flies. As you will see, basically this is quadcopter with a few roman candles attached to it, but it makes no difference what the weapon is the effect is brilliant and it just goes to show how cool these quadcopters are. What is next for the quadcopter? We dread to think!
Source: PIEROGRAM YouTube Channel
In the movies, robots are often portrayed as being positive and powerful; after all, they are just machines in the end. Or are they? What if robots evolved into a machine that has feelings, what is they craved being the company of others; this would mean life for a lonely robot would be intolerable. So, in this short movie we find that the robot designated R32 is lonely and requires the company of another robot, which is obviously harder than it sounds.
It’s the story about lonely robot who just tries to attract attention to himself.
Source: Vladimir Vlasenko
When it comes to robots, they are all right when they are doing mundane operations in factories, or even being used in dangerous jobs where humans could be injured. However, producing a 6′ 2″ tall robot than weighs in at 245 pounds, with two arms and two legs, well that surely is just asking for trouble. Well this is what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been doing and Atlas is just one of the projects that are backed by DARPA. Recently, Atlas has been receiving some important upgrades; in fact, almost 75 per cent of the robot is new, such as lower legs and lighter materials.
However, unlike in those science fiction movies, Atlas has a flaw and it’s the 3.7 kWh Li-ion battery pack that will provide enough power for around an hour of movement, so you only have to out run it for hour to be safe. Atlas is of course, a brilliant piece of design and there are plenty of jobs waiting for something like this.
Source: The Robotics Challenge