Jul 052016
 

Sharper Image camera drone

I visit the local Michaels store at least once a week. Even if I didn’t have a 10 year old daughter with an insatiable appetite for arts and crafts, I imagine that I would still make that 5 minute crosstown trip weekly. The reason is simple: coupons. In their weekly circular, without fail, they always include a handful of coupons, and even though I am not that artsy crafty myself, I can usually find something useful for my lab. From resin and epoxy to tools and storage, I never come home empty-handed. Most of the time the coupon is for 40% off any regularly priced item, and sometimes it’s even 50%, but the rare, and often most useful coupon is the 20% off any item – regular OR sale price. It was because of such a coupon that I came unexpectedly home with a Sharper Image camera drone.

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Mar 142006
 

Robot Koi
Today is shaping up to be aquatic robot day, so it’s fitting that Pink Tentacle brings us an article about a robot built by Ryomei Engineering that is modeled after a koi carp. At 31 inches long and 26 pounds, the robotic koi can swim like the real thing plus do some things its inspiration can’t, like swimming backwards and rotating in place. It is controlled by wireless remote, has a camera in its head and built-in sensors for testing water quality. The koi is not the first aquatic robot Ryomei Engineering has produced. Other iterations include a sea bream and prehistoric coelacanth.

Read about the robotic koi at PinkTentacle.com: “Hiroshima engineers develop robotic carp

Dec 082005
 

NASA logo

As part of their Centennial Challenge program to “stimulate innovation and competition in solar system exploration,” NASA has announced two new contests for private developers of space robotic vehicles. The Planetary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Challenge involves building a craft that can fly autonomously and navigate using only optical navigation technologies. The Telerobotic Construction Challenge is to develop remote-controlled robots able to assemble a structure from individual building blocks strewn across an arena. The prize for each contest is $250,000.

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