3-in-1 All Terrain Robot

Made by OWI Robots, this little bot can be a gripper, forklift, or a rover. (Photo credit: Jameco Electronics)

The 3-in-1 All Terrain Robot is a tracked robotic kit that you put together yourself. It has 120 pieces that can be put together, as the name suggests, in three different ways: as a forklift, a rover, or a gripper. All you need is 4 AA batteries, a screwdriver and a diagnonal cutter to build the kit. In the forklift ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: Actobotics Nomad Project – Part II

From: ServoCity Servo City Actobotics Nomad “The Beast On My Bench”   This is pure pleasure to drive around the yard. Almost nothing stops it. Great power, great agility, long battery times so far.     Project Plan: Full RC (an ultimately autonomous as well) rover capabilities with remote operation (video/sound) capabilities and sensor telemetry. Status: Complete 4WD RC Capable ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: Vexplorer Project – Part II

From: The Robot Magazine Shelves & VEX Robotics Ok… This is a “Make Something Out Of What’s Laying Around” sort of thing. In this case, we had a quite old Vexplorer robot which had missing and broken parts. We also had an older VEX PIC Micro-controller and Wireless Transmitter & Receiver Kit. So… let’s see what can be done with ... Read More »

EDITOR'S BENCH: RoboClaw 2x30A Motor Controller

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From: Servo City Made by ION Motion Control and two are used in the Robot Magazine Nomad Project to control it’s motors. RoboClaw 2x30A Motor Controller Thanks ServoCity! www.servocity.com www.ionmc.com Read More »

LERN: UC Berkeley Robot Learns By Trial and Error

Chelsea Finn, Pieter Abbeel, BRETT, Trevor Darrell and Sergey Levine of UC Berkeley developed algorithms that enable their PR2 robot to learn new tasks through trial and error. (Photo credit: UC Berkeley Robot Learning Lab)

New algorithms developed at UC Berkeley let robots learn motor tasks much more like humans do, using trial and error. Using this new approach the robot completed various tasks without prior knowledge of its surroundings, including putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a toy plane, and screwing a cap on a water bottle. The research team will be ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: Actobotics Runt Rover™ Bogie Project – Part II

From: ServoCity www.servocity.com Actobotics Runt Rover™ Bogie This awesome little crawler is a lot of fun.  When I pumped up the Volts… it really scoots! Project Plan: Full RC & Autonomous Rover Build Status JulAug Issue: Full 6WD RC Ready Bogie! Next Steps: Microcontroller. Reader Input: I will do my utmost to make progress on this project by next issue ... Read More »

BOT TOOLS: Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit v3.2 with Arduino

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From: Sparkfun Most robot projects wind up with an RC aspect to them but once a robot is fully functional… it comes time to provide not only the possibility of autonomy but also the addition of sensors and other accessories which requires a microcontroller.  Arduino is one of the popular platforms out there on the market so we have our basic ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: Tetrix Prime Project – Part II

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From: Pitsco Education Pitsco Education TETRIX Robotics TETRIX PRIME Robotics The next step was supposed to be to add the microcontroller and advanced mechanisms.  Well… I got to part of that.  I decided, with this one (as well as the TETRIX MAX Project) that the first step was to make the platform fully four wheel drive so that part has ... Read More »

EDITOR'S BENCH: RoboClaw 2x5A Motor Controller

  From: Servo City Made by ION Motion Control and used in the Robot Magazine Runt Rover Bogie Project to control it’s motors. RoboClaw 2x5A Motor Controller Thanks ServoCity! www.servocity.com www.ionmc.com Read More »

LERN: Robot Arm Powered By Man’s Imagination

A novel system allows Erik G. Soto to control a robotic arm using the power of his imagination. (Photo credit: Spencer Kellis/Caltech)

Researchers at Caltech, the University of South Carolina and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center have developed a better a neural prosthetic system that offers smoother movement of a prosthetic limb than previous devices that controlled by the thoughts of the user. What makes this system unique is that was implanted in a region of the brain where intentions are made, ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: VEX EDR Project – Part II

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From: VEX Robotics VEX Robotics VEX EDR Platform Ok… this one is really fun to drive!  It looks so tough cruising around and sounds even better! Project Plan: This kit comes as what VEX Robotics calls a “Clawbot”. Having built one Clawbot from scratch and having repaired one that managed to get damaged in all it’s Robot Magazine endeavors, I ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: TETRIX Max Project – Part II

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From: Pitsco Education Pitsco Education TETRIX Robotics TETRIX MAX Robotics Ok… The next step was supposed to be to add the microcontroller and advanced mechanisms.  Well… I got to part of that.  I decided that the first step was to make the platform fully four wheel drive (with the idea that at some point we might want to put off ... Read More »

EDITOR'S BENCH: Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano

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From: Robotshop & Lynxmotion This little gem is designed as a MultiRotor controller but it has many of the necessities of a standard ground robot as well. One of these will be used in a Robot Magazine Test Build of the new HQuad 500 Quadrotor coming from Robotshop and we are working with Robotshop to get the necessary information to ... Read More »