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Spare Parts: the Movie on Robotics Clubs, Competition, and Friendship

The SPARE PARTS movie is out in the US. The plot is a true life story about four hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi (George Lopez). With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this ...
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How Many Actuators are Needed to Build a Robot?

Building robots with a minimal number of actuators is compelling. It allows for a reduction of cost, weight, as well as energy consumption. Besides, the robot needs to carry less battery. However, minimizing the number of actuators is not an easy task. People from UC Berkeley Biomimetic Millisystems Lab have ...
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All Time Best Robot Family Movies

Astro Boy Bicentennial Man D.A.R.Y.L. Forbidden Planet Planet 51 Robots Short Circuit The Iron Giant Wall-E . Astro Boy 94 min - Animation, Action, Family - 2009 This film is loosely based on the mangas and anime series of the same name by the Japanese writer Osamu Tezuka. The story ...
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Free Online Course on Developmental Robotics and AI

A team of french scientists in developmental robotics led by Olivier Georgeon is launching the IDEAL MOOC on developmental robotics and AI. This free online course targets a wide audience, since no prior background is required. It aims at introducing the cognitive science and programming basics required to design robots ...
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Sharing USB Devices over Wifi using Arduino Yún

In this tutorial, we show how to use the Arduino Yún to connect a USB device through Wifi to your Linux based computer. We rely on the USB/IP project that allows USB device sharing over IP networks. This utility is really useful and has many applications. A simple one is ...
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Upgrade the Arduino Yún’s Linux

A new release of the OpenWrt-Yún (the Linux distribution for the Arduino Yún) is out. So, you probably want to upgrade your Yún board to benefit from the latest fixes and improvements. The purpose of this tutorial is to help you safely install the new version of the OpenWrt-Yún. We ...
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ROS Indigo Igloo Preinstalled Virtual Machine

Usually, we issue a Virtual Machine (VM) with ROS preinstalled for each ROS release. This time, we decided to issue two VMs for ROS Indigo: a 32 bits version and a 64 bits one. Depending on the amount of resources you are willing to allocate to the virtual machine, you ...
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PiBot: The Raspberry Pi-Based Robot

Give the maker community a board with computing power and IO ports and you’ll get a robot not before too long. This already happened in the Arduino community. We eventually got the Arduino Robot which even has its own competition now. The Raspberry Pi community is walking down the same ...
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First Trailer of the Big Hero 6 Movie by Disney

This movie is the first 3D animation by Disney adapted from a Marvel’s comics since its acquisition in 2009. The story is about a young roboticists Hiro who fights a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the city of San Fransokyo. He joins forces with his home made robot Baymax ...
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Jimmy the 3D Printed Open Source Humanoid Robot Alternative to Nao

There is no doubt that the future of robotics is 3D printing and open-source license for both software and hardware. Such robots are already a reality as we had already reported. This group of alternatives to Nao the humanoid from Aldebaran Robotics has grown a little more bigger with advent ...
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A Robot Walks into a Bar (Movie)

In his novels, Asimov had already explored a variety of ways to interpret his three laws of robotics. Still, Alex Rivera manages to explore yet another interesting way of understanding the first law. In the great short movie “A Robot Walks into a Bar”, the main character is a robotic ...
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Playmate Robot

Remember the cool robotic teddy bear from the AI movie, this is exactly the kind of robot that every child and so many grown ups would like to have. Many roboticists professional or hobbyists work to make this dream come true, and build a robotic playful friend. Here are some ...
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A.I. the Movie with So Many Cool Robots

The Artificial Intelligence (A. I.) movie is a project initially started by Stanly Kubrick and eventually finished by Steven Spielberg after Kubrick’s death. Based very loosely on "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss, this movie plot relates the adventures of David, the first “mecha” (i.e. a robot) designed ...
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Meet Elisa-3 the Magnetic Mini-Robot

One of the cutests robots showcased at Innorobo 2014 is Elisa-3 a two-wheeled mini-robot by GCtronic a spin-off of the Autonomous System Lab at the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne). This little brother of the e-puck robot also targets the education and research community. The cylindrical small case ...
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How to Customize Your Turtlebot

This is a continuation of our series on interesting stuff we saw at innorobo 2014. This time, the focus is on the turtlebot, the robotic friend of so many ROS fans. At innorobo there were some cool demos featuring hacked versions of the turtle. Some students stacked the structure of ...
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Elysium the Movie

If you are looking for a movie with spaceships, humanoid robots, exoskeletons, drones, and brain-machine interfaces Elysium is for you. Although robots are not at the center of the plot, they are taking an important part of it. The story takes place in the year 2154. The very wealthy live ...
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