Robots Are Coming To A School Near You

ROBOLOCO has launched the Roboterra Robotics Kits to make STEM education easy for the teacher, fun for the kids and affordable to the schools.

ROBOLOCO, Inc., an educational technology company, with headquarters in Santa Clara, CA, announces a strategic distribution and licensing partnership with RoboTerra Inc., a Silicon Valley & Beijing global educational robotics company. According to the agreement, ROBOLOCO is now the sole distributor for the RoboTerra award-winning Origin and ERRA Kits, outside of China. This partnership incorporates a perpetual license for ROBOLOCO to develop its own proprietary software and robots based upon the existing RoboTerra technology.

ROBOLOCO’s CEO, Newton Paskin said, “The acquisition of RoboTerra products distribution in the global market, the rights to further improve the existing technology and continue to develop our own proprietary IP on top of RoboTerra’s IP complements our passion to help educators teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Our team, customers, and investors are extremely excited about the possibilities.”

ROBOLOCO will continue to develop RoboTerra’s educational tools such as the award-winning Origin Robotics Kit and the CastleRock Online Platform, the world’s first virtual robotics learning cloud. ROBOLOCO plans to add expertise in the areas of constructivist curriculum and artificial intelligence to enable instant feedback to educators and enhance the teaching and learning experiences providing an individualized and customized education opportunity for kids.

With this strategic partnership, ROBOLOCO, Inc. is seeking a new round of financing to scale its operations with the aim of reaching $ 75MM in revenue.

About ROBOLOCO, Inc.

ROBOLOCO, Inc. was recently launched by Newton Paskin, Patrick Muggler, and Derek Capo. Its’ mission is to empower educators to teach STEM and equip students with the skills they need for a successful life. To accomplish its mission ROBOLOCO is developing educational tools that combine leading-edge technology in hardware and software such as Robotics coupled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) with accessible and easy to use constructivist curriculum, aligned with ISTE and NGSS Standards, focused on the teacher. Its motto is “Easy for the teacher, fun for the kids and affordable to the schools”

About RoboTerra, Inc.

RoboTerra was founded in Spring 2014 by Yao Zhang a 2016 Young Global Leader, Columbia University alum in the Economics and Education Ph.D. program, a FIRST Robotics World Championship invited speaker, and recipient of the „Best 10 Global Citizen Service Award“ by the United States Department of State.

RoboTerra China Private Enterprise (a.k.a. in Chinese “Luo Bo Tai La”) will continue its operations in China focusing towards developing products for the Chinese education market and RoboTerra Inc. (a Delaware C-Corp) will continue to advance technologies in the learning space.

Hitbot announces the Kickstarter launch of Z-Arm: An affordable & easy to use four-axis collaborative robotic arm

The Hitbot Z-Arm brings incredible versatility and convenience to hobbyists, makers and manufacturers. This one of a kind robotic arm can perform any number of tasks including 3D printing, soldering, engraving and assembly guided by a unique and intuitive set of programming tools that anyone can use.    

Never before has the convenience and versatility of a SCARA (Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm) been so accessible and user friendly. This type of advanced robotic arm uses a parallel axis joint layout which articulates in a similar way to a human arm, making it faster and more accurate than mechanical arms of previous generations.  

These incredible robotic arms have been used in the most advanced manufacturing facilities for sorting, circuit building and even automobile assembly. Now, with the release of the Hitbot Z-Arm, this powerful technology is available to hobbyists, makers, inventors and robotics enthusiasts. This programmable robotic arm can be anything from a personal assistant to a useful tool or dependable production line component. The Z-Arm will change the way people use technology and provide a completely new type of easily programmable robotic tool.   

Unlike the complex and expensive industrial robotic arms that inspired it, the Z-Arm is extremely easy to program for virtually any task. No special programming knowledge is necessary, making it simple for anyone to use. It uses an integrated driver and motion controller that can be programmed with an intuitive App using a simple graphical interface. It can even be manually programmed by moving the arm itself to create repeatable motions for different tasks. 

The list of applications that can be applied to the Z-Arm is endless. It can perform 3D printing, laser engraving, circuit board soldering and assembly. It can play games, write, cut, perform repetitious actions or simply help out around the house as a personal assistant. It is even equipped with a camera for accurate visual identification, perfect for sorting and organizing. It handles objects of all types, even carefully gripping fragile items with ease.  

For more complex processes, multiple Z-Arms can be programmed to work together. Z-Arm can also work alongside humans with its safety-rated monitored stop, which stops the robot if a human enters its collaborative workspace. As a programmable robotic arm with high precision, its uses are only limited by the imagination.  

In terms of specifications the Z-Arm has an impressive list including 0.02mm Repeatability, a 400 mm Reach, and a front arm Rotation of 360 degrees. Add to that, a 430°/s Speed and a Payload capacity of up to 2kg which allows it to deliver industrial grade performance in a cost-effective manner. It is simply one of the most versatile robotic arms available today.   

 “Our group of designers and robotics experts wanted to encourage innovation by making the most affordable industrial-quality robotic arm that had intuitive tools which make it easy to use for novices. The Z-Arm is the culmination of our dream, a mechanical arm for the masses that will make the power of robotics accessible to everyone.” Jun Tian, CEO Hitbot LTD 

The team behind Hitbot are designers, developers and robotics experts who have years of experience in the field and a passion for creating powerful robotics for consumers. Their unique products are designed to make robotics easy for anyone to program and use.  

The Hitbot Z-Arm is being launched via Kickstarter campaign so the company can reward their community of early adopters with special deals and pricing.  

Six-legged robot launches its own Kickstarter campaign

Stockholm, NJ, September 15, 2017 — For the first time, a Kickstarter project has launched its own campaign. On September 12 the Vorpal Combat Hexapod—an open source, 3D printed, wireless walking robot—used one of its six robotic legs to press the “LAUNCH” button on the popular crowdfunding website, triggering its own campaign to go live to Kickstarter’s millions of backers.

“We gave the honor to the oldest surviving prototype hexapod,” remarked Steve Pendergrast, founder of Vorpal Robotics, LLC, the developer of the product. “Its name is Scrum. Every Vorpal Combat Hexapod has an individual name.”

Although somewhat spidery looking as they scamper across a tabletop or floor, the hexapods sport whimsical eyes and other decorations, making them look more like cartoon characters than arachnids.

Up to sixty different motions can be triggered by the hexapod’s custom Bluetooth gamepad, which is also 3D printed. Because of this versatility, the hexapod can be used to play games using appendages attached to its accessory port. These appendages are—you guessed it!—also 3D printed. Joust, Capture-the-Flag, Fidget Spinner Challenge, and other games are already available, with more in the pipeline.

“This is a great platform for fun activities that promote STEM education,” continued Pendergrast. “Schools with 3D printers can fabricate the plastic parts themselves and then buy low-cost kits with the electronics and motors from our Kickstarter campaign. They can even motivate students to design their own 3D printed attachments.”

The company also provides complete kits that include all 3D printed parts, and even fully assembled hexapods for those who just want to play games and program.

The Vorpal system also supports the MIT Scratch drag-and-drop programming language. Many schools already use Scratch to introduce programming to students, so this builds on a system many teachers already know. Students can even create new leg motions using Scratch and upload them to gamepad buttons for use during games and activities.

“Scrum the hexapod launched this project on Kickstarter,” Pendergrast remarked, “but it will be his descendants who will go out into the world to teach kids about science, technology, engineering and math.”

About Vorpal Robotics, LLC:

Vorpal Robotics, LLC creates fun, interactive robots and robot kits for educators, Makers, and hobbyists. For more information, visit www.vorpalrobotics.com. On Kickstarter: www.tinyurl.com/VCH-KS

Critter Crawling Arduino Robot 50% funded in First Day

The Critter is a unique crawling robotics kit that is currently raising funding on Kickstarter. It was 50% funded in the first day of its Kickstarter campaign and is well on track to exceed its funding goal.

The Critter is a part of a family of robotics kits called LittleBots. The LittleBots are all 3D printed Arduino robotics kits, created by Slant Concepts, that have all been successfully launched on Kickstarter.

Most walking robots are very complex kits to build. They have many parts and are often too difficult for beginners to experiment with. Slant Concepts, created the Critter robotics kit to be a simple introduction to walking robots.

To reduce the complexity of walking, the Critter takes inspiration from mudskippers, fish which can exist on land. The Critter uses two front legs to pull itself along the ground. The simple design makes it easy to put together and very 3D printable. Also, once built, hobbyists can experiment with it without fear of damage for falling over.

The Critter is entirely 3D printed and based on Arduino. This is so it has the resources and support to be built anywhere by anyone.

The Critter is on Kickstarter raising money for the first run of kits and to pay for all of the support content that goes with it. This includes tutorials, video, and lesson plans. The more the campaign raises the more of these resources can be created.

http://www.littlearmrobot.com/

 

 

Matt Dixon Robot Calendar 2018

British illustrator Matt Dixon is bringing his 2018 robot calendar to Kickstarter in September. The calendar will be A3 in size, offset printed in full colour, spiral bound and features a robot artwork printed full page for each month of the year.

The images are drawn from Matt’s ‚Transmissions‘ series of  robot art books. The first volume was published in 2013, followed by a second funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015. Another Kickstarter campaign in 2017 gave birth to the third volume in the series, plus two books of ‚Blueprints‘ featuring drawings from Matt’s sketchbooks showing the development of some of the paintings in the ‚Transmissions‘ collection in addition to ideas that have yet to become finished paintings.

Matt is reluctant to share much information about his robots or the world they inhabit, preferring to allow the viewer to interpret the images as they find them.

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Bio

Matt Dixon was born in Birmingham, England in 1972 and has been an enthusiastic waver of brushes, crayons and pens for as long as he can remember. He began to use computers as an artistic tool in 1980 and first  contributed graphics to videogames as a teenager. Matt went on to work full time in games development before making the jump to freelance in 2012. He now works as an illustrator and concept artist, still mostly within the games industry.

 

Acutronic Robotics secures investment from Sony to support H-ROS, the Hardware Robot Operating System

Acutronic Robotics, a Swiss company with operations in Spain’s Basque Country, Switzerland, and the United States has closed on its Series A financing round with the Sony Innovation Fund. The investment will allow the company to accelerate the development of the Hardware Robot Operating System (H-ROS), the next big standard for robotic components.

Since its inception, Acutronic Robotics has worked on a common hardware and software infrastructure that will allow different components to interoperate, thereby solving one of the major issues facing the robotics field today. The company was established in 2016 by Víctor Mayoral, Carlos Uraga, and J.A. Technologies (J.A.T.), after the latter acquired Erle Robotics, a company previously founded by the brothers David and Víctor Mayoral.

H-ROS serves as an infrastructure for robotics that allows manufacturers and integrators to work under a uniform set of standards, thereby allowing them to mix different components and avoiding the usual pain of needing to program a unique interface for each component. H-ROS allows users to build systems quickly and easily, in full compliance with the latest industrial and commercial standards. This will democratize the construction of robots and provide access to a much wider field of developers.

Following the transaction, Víctor Mayoral and Carlos Uraga will serve as the company’s Managing Directors. The Board of Directors will consist of Florian Aigrain (Chairman and representative of J.A.T.), Christian Sieber, Carlos Uraga, Víctor Mayoral and Sony’s representative.

Carlos Uraga highlights: “Standards such as H-ROS are the needed next step for robotics to grow worldwide. The expected growth of a $150 billion market by 2020 is not going to take place without infrastructures like this. Builders and integrators are constantly facing the complexity of robots but H-ROS provides the tools for robotics to become accessible to everyone. Big companies and small players will now be able to play together on the same level. Even the latest ISO standards are being developed by taking H-ROS into account.”

Víctor Mayoral remarked: “H-ROS aims to change the landscape of robotics by creating an ecosystem where hardware components can be reused among different robots, regardless

of the original manufacturer. We strongly believe that the future of robotics will be about modular robots that can be easily repaired and reconfigured. H-ROS aims to shape this future. Sony’s leadership and vision in robotics is widely recognized in the community. We are confident that, with their support, our present innovations will spread even more rapidly.”

H-ROS will be released under a license and royalty model. A wide variety of robotic parts and components will also be commercially released through the creation of a marketplace for modular robotic components powered by H-ROS. The modularity of H-ROS has engendered the collaboration of Acutronic Robotics and several standardization organizations, including ISO and IEC. Together, they are working on next-generation robotics standards.

About Acutronic Link Robotics AG (“Acutronic Robotics”) Acutronic Robotics is a leading robotics development firm focused on next-generation solutions for a range of clients. The company has three primary business lines: the development and commercialization of the Hardware Robot Operating System (“H-ROS”); robot and drone interoperable hardware products; B2B engineering services offered to corporate and governmental clients.

Acutronic Robotics is headquartered in Switzerland and has locations in Spain and the United States. For more information, visit www.acutronicrobotics.com

About H-ROS H-ROS: the “Hardware Operating System for Robots” is the first standardized software and hardware infrastructure to create reusable and reconfigurable robots. Built upon the widely used ROS standard, H-ROS was designed to simplify and speed up the construction of robots. For more information, visit www.h-ros.com

ArcBotics Launches Hubert the Humanoid on Kickstarter, Funded In 2 Hours

HAYWARD – ArcBotics, a leading educational robotics company based in California, is pleased to announce the launch of Hubert the Humanoid: Your Advanced Robotics Study Buddy, a research-grade open source humanoid robot, on Kickstarter.

ArcBotics’ mission is to help anyone learn robotics, no matter their background or current skill level. It is undeniable that robots will play a part in every part of our collective futures, and in many ways, they already do. They believe that by understanding how robots work can we control our own futures, rather than allow technology to control us.

Hubert is designed for anyone pursuing robotics and want the most affordable, top-to-bottom college-level robotics class you’ll ever find – while getting to use your own humanoid robot. Hubert is designed for educators, roboticists who want to compete in robotics competitions, researchers, pro-users, and hobbyists new to robotics who are looking for a humanoid robot that is ready-to-go.

They have created Hubert to make a full suite of college-level robotics lessons cheaper than the cost of a single robotics class. Hubert runs the same software that today’s leading robotics companies and universities are running. Similar robots have been used in the leading universities – but starting at 10x the price. Hubert is starting at $599 USD on Kickstarter, retailing for $1,199 USD, and is 100% Open Source Hardware.

ArcBotics will be releasing in-depth, free web tutorials to help train anyone to become a robotics engineer in the latest topics such as: ROS, Arduino, OpenCV, Object Recognition, TensorFlow, Inverse Kinematics, Control Theory, MoveIt!, Power Management, Path Planning, Legged Mechanics, Python, and so much more.

Hubert’s core features:

  • Dual-camera stereo HD vision cameras
  • On-board Raspberry Pi 3, preloaded with all necessary software
  • Custom smart servo – incredibly high torque, voltage independent, embedded sensors with serial communication
  • Custom Arduino-compatible Python-powered servo controller, with on-board 9-axis Motion and Bluetooth 4 LE connection
  • Rigid aluminum frame
  • Removable outer sheet metal shell – easily remove, design, and attach your own shell or parts
  • Functional grippers
  • Speaker and microphone
  • Touch-screen LCD head
  • Independent emotive ears
  • 100% Open Source Hardware
  • Future-proof with Raspberry Pi 3, C.H.I.P., and ODROID-XU4

About ArcBotics Since 2012, ArcBotics has been making robotics accessible by creating full-feature robots designed for different age groups and skill levels, with extensive, step-by-step documentation and open sourcing the hardware and software. They previously launched 2 successful Kickstarter campaigns for Hexy the Hexapod and Sparki the Easy Robot for Everyone, raising $360,000 and shipping to over 2500 backers. Since then, they have grown to ship tens of thousands of robots to homes, STEM programs, and universities around the world like Stanford, MIT, and Northwestern. Their robots can be found at global retailers like Barnes and Noble, Adafruit, RobotShop, DFRobot, and more.

The first Mars rover designed for Earth

After several years of working on Mars rover prototypes, a team of four engineers decided to launch their own company and their own product.

Turtle Rover – as this is how they named their newest baby – is a remotely controlled four-wheeled robot designed for Earth exploration.

The rover is designed to drive anywhere you’d prefer not to go alone. Its architecture allows to attach cameras, sensors and your own electronic modules to its body, so you can easily configure it to your own needs. Tweak the inner RaspberryPi with your own code and fit your own electronics inside the rover watertight storage case.

As the rover is designed to drive on land, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that it allows for more predictable and longer use than drones.

With its on-board camera, Mars-rover suspension and enough power to keep your phone on for a month, it’s you who will be exhausted first, not the rover.

Attach it to your backpack and go to the mountains to explore caves in places no one explored yet. Find old ruins and inspect them with no worry of being stuck in tight passages. Go home and have fun with an open-source code in the soul of the robot to find out how to extend its functionality to the borders.

Turtle Rover is available on Kickstarter since 22 August 2017.

The special Kickstarter edition will be available with extra robotic arm attached starting at a price $1597.

See more at:

www.turtlerover.com

www.facebook.com/TurtleRover

 

Humanoide Roboter übernehmen Serviceaufgaben in der Bibliothek der Technischen Hochschule Wildau

Wildau,  (lifePR) – In diesen Tagen feiert die neue Bibliothek der Technischen Hochschule Wildau in der Halle 10 auf dem Campus ihr zehnjähriges Bestehen. Vom Deutschen Bibliotheksverband e. V. wurde sie bereits 2012 zur „Bibliothek des Jahres“ gewählt. Die Jury begründete ihre Wahl damals insbesondere damit, dass die TH-Bibliothek über ein hochmotiviertes Personal verfügt, das mit neuen Ideen eine Vielzahl von zukunftsweisenden Serviceleistungen anbietet. Exemplarisch dafür nannte die Yury den Einsatz der RFID-Technologie (Identifizierung von Objekten mit Hilfe elektromagnetischer Wellen – Radio-Frequenz-Identifikation) zur Optimierung und zuverlässigen Kontrolle der Ausleihe und Verbuchung von Medien.

Nunmehr wartet das Team mit einer weiteren Neuerung auf: Zum 10. Wildauer Bibliothekssymposium werden am 12. September 2017 die humanoiden Roboter „Wilma“ und „Bernd“ vorgestellt, die Dienstleistungen für Studierende in der Bibliothek auch außerhalb der bisherigen Öffnungszeiten anbieten werden. So sollen sie bei der Orientierung in der Handbibliothek helfen bzw. beim Scannen und Drucken von Dokumenten unterstützen. Ziel ist es, grundlegende Funktionen der Bibliothek rund um die Uhr und auch an Sonn- und Feiertagen zur Verfügung zu stellen und so das Studium und Selbststudium flexibler zu gestalten. Der Regelbetrieb soll im November 2017 starten.

Die Entwicklungen zum Einsatz der humanoiden Roboter in der Hochschulbibliothek erfolgen gemeinsam mit dem Studien- und Forschungsschwerpunkt Telematik, Fachgebiet Robotic, unter Leitung von Professorin Dr. Janett Mohnke.

 

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Die Technische Hochschule Wildau ist die größte (Fach)Hochschule des Landes Brandenburg. Ihr attraktives Studienangebot umfasst 31 Studiengänge in naturwissenschaftlichen, ingenieurtechnischen, betriebswirtschaftlichen, juristischen und Managementdisziplinen. Ein besonderes Kennzeichen ist ihre Internationalität. Knapp 25 Prozent der Studierenden kommen aus mehr als 60 Ländern. Kooperationsverträge, Studenten- und Dozentenaustausche verbinden die TH Wildau weltweit mit über 140 akademischen Bildungseinrichtungen.

Die Hochschule belegt in der angewandten Forschung seit Jahren bundesweit einen Spitzenplatz und besitzt einen anerkannten Ruf als Kompetenzzentrum für wichtige Wissenschaftsdisziplinen. Dazu zählen Maschinenbau, Automatisierungstechnik und Physikalische Technologien, aber auch Biowissenschaften und Life Sciences, Logistik und Angewandte Informatik/Telematik sowie Luftfahrttechnik und Regenerative Energietechnik.

Der Campus der TH Wildau befindet sich auf einem traditionsreichen Industrieareal des früheren Lokomotiv- und Schwermaschinenbaus. Die gelungene Symbiose aus denkmalgeschützter Industriearchitektur und preisgekrönten modernen Funktionsgebäuden setzt städtebaulich Maßstäbe..

London Science Museum – Robots Exhibiton

London Science Museum – Robots Exhibiton