Sunday, November 30, 2014

Beauto Balancer2 - From Japan

At crowdfunding web site "Makuake"

Inverted pendulum type robot teaching material "Beauto Balancer 2"
"Beauto Balancer 2", is the inverted pendulum robot teaching materials with two drive wheels.
Using the software that can parameter adjustment and sensor values displayed in GUI format, can be easily inverted experiment. In addition, sample source library for development also gratis, C language programming is also available.

Features of 02 this product

Excellent mobility and stability by two-axis motor bidirectional current detection circuit equipped

The robot is equipped with a motor of left and right two axes, you can move the turning behaviour before and after. Each motor is equipped with a bidirectional current detection circuit, can be inverted controlled by torque command of the DC motor, it is possible to perform a stable control regardless of the remaining amount of the battery.

Lightweight and easy to assemble the vehicle body by the resin frame

And manufacturing the frame parts of the body with polycarbonate resin durable. The covers the entire functional parts including the control board, to ease the shock of a fall. The assembly of the body using only the Phillips screwdriver (# 2), you can assemble without the complicated work such as soldering.

Publish easily handle software even inexperienced person

Software for control of the body "balancer 2 Programmer" is a software for carrying out such an inverted adjustment and the body of the behaviour experiments. Parameter adjustment of sensor gain, etc. in the GUI format can be easily performed, you can easily to be inverted the body also the first scholar of the inverted pendulum. In addition, or reads the parameters monitoring display (numeric-graph display) from the body, can log data output in CSV format, it is possible to take advantage of a simple experiment. Log data recorded during the operation in the body alone also can CSV output from this software, it has become easier to use in the experiment of PC-less wireless.

And prepare a C-language development environment corresponding to each PC side and the body side

After the inverted pendulum of training in the GUI software, you can step up to the C language programming. The C language programming, you can choose and how to rewrite the firmware in the robot body, the two types of methods for communication control the body from a PC using a dedicated USB communication library.
The programming of the robot body side, NXP Semiconductors is using a C language integrated development environment "LPCXpresso" which was published free of charge, for the ARM microcontroller (NXP Semiconductors' made ARM Cortex-M3 LPC1343), which is the main CPU of the control board I will do the programming. Sample source for the inverted also public, is possible to control the acquisition and motor sensor values ​​by using a dedicated library, you can implement an inverted control with less code.

The programming on the PC side, it is done by using a dedicated communication library "balancer 2 SDK". Balancer 2 SDK is available in the Microsoft Visual C ++, etc., is a library for reading and writing the memory map of the body via the USB.

And prepare the advanced options of Bluetooth, etc. and rich I / O port

The control board of the robot body UART, is equipped with a I2C port, etc., enables more sophisticated control by installing the option. Wireless controller "VS-C3" The options, SPP protocol-enabled Bluetooth module "VS-BT001" or the like can use the, by mounting them or remote control steer the body, it is possible to communicate control wirelessly from PC .

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Dark Side of Technology: Mounting Pressure on a Global Scale

John Hagel III describes the realities of a technology-driven economy : mounting pressure on workers and declining returns to capital, and offers his vision of the future.

The Dark Side of Technology: Mounting Pressure on a Global Scale from Constellation Research on Vimeo.

John Hagel is an author and former consultant who specializes in the intersection of business strategy and information technology. In 2007, Hagel, along with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison, founded the Deloitte Center for the Edge Innovation. Wikipedia

Drone pilot wanted: Starting salary $100,000

Monday, November 24, 2014

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CES to feature full spectrum of robotics technologies changing the way we live, work and play

Arlington, Va., November 24, 2014 From humanoid entertainment devices to robotic cleaning machines, robots promise to revolutionize the way consumers interact with the world and monitor their health and environment. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that robotics exhibits at the 2015 International CES® have grown 25 percent from the 2014 CES. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2015 International CESThe Robotics Marketplace, presented by Robotics Trends, will feature more than 18 innovative companies showcasing the full range of intelligent, autonomous machines that are connected to the cloud, controllable by mobile device and capable of seeing, hearing, feeling and reacting to the environment in ways once thought impossible. Robotics exhibits at the 2015 CES are expected to cover 8,250 net square feet of exhibit space, an increase of more than 25 percent over robotics exhibit space at the 2014 CES.

"Robots are changing the way consumers learn, do business, monitor their health, and maintain their households as they are capable of doing things that humans can't, or simply don't want to do," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy. "We're thrilled to see that the robotics footprint will expand at the 2015 CES, as it speaks to the category's growth and ability to disrupt and transform the consumer technology industry."

The Robotics Marketplace will be located at CES Tech West within the Sands Expo (Sands). Tech West includes the Sands, The Venetian, The Palazzo and Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn (Wynn/Encore) exhibits. Major exhibitors currently located within the Robotics Marketplace include: ABB, Double Robotics Inc., Evollve, Inc d/b/a Ozobot, Lowe's Innovation Labs and Future Robot Co., Ltd. CES Tech West will also feature leading companies and the newest innovations in lifestyle technologies, including sports, fitness and health tech, 3D printing, smart home, sensors, startups and other high-growth technologies.

The 2015 CES will feature 20 category-specific Marketplaces highlighting innovation across diverse product areas. Companies interested in exhibiting in the Robotics Marketplace should contact Pedro Vittes at or 703-907-7751.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Harvard Researchers Build $10 Robot That Can Teach Kids to Code | WIRED

AERobot (Affordable Education Robot)

Complete robot system and curriculum to inspire and help students learn
Based on an Atmega168a  CPU it's capable as running as an Arduino if the boot loads is installed.  and a A3901 Motor Driver.
the Sanyo NRD2574I Surface Mount Micro Motors designed for vibrating Cell Phones.

AERobot, a bot that can help teach programming and artificial intelligence to middle school kids and high schooler. That may seem like a rather expensive luxury for most schools, but it's not. It costs just $10.70. The hope is that it can help push more kids into STEM, studies involving science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Rise of the Robots: Interactive Tech Talk

Rise of the Robots: Interactive Tech Talk {Sponsored by GoEngineer}

Knightscope, develops technology that will predict and prevent crime with an innovative combination of large-scale robotics, predictive analytics and social engagement. The Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machine utilizes a combination of autonomous technology, robotics and predictive analytics to provide a commanding but friendly physical presence while gathering important real-time on-site data with its numerous sensors. Data collected through these sensors is processed through the K5's predictive analytics engine, combined with existing business, government and crowdsourced social data sets, and subsequently assigned an alert level that determines when the community and the authorities should be notified of a concern. If an alert is pushed, the K5 machine will turn on all of its sensors to not only allow the entire community to review the data, but to contribute important real-time information. 
Savioke (pronounced "savvy oak") is creating autonomous robot helpers for the services industry. Their first product, SaviOne (AKA "the Botlr"), is a delivery robot for hotels that brings amenities like toothbrushes, towels and cell phone chargers to guest rooms autonomously. Savioke is passionate about delivering easy-to-use yet sophisticated robots that can help people and aim to improve the lives of people by developing and deploying robotic technology in human environments - the places people live and work.
Aldebaran Robotics, founded in 2005, Aldebaran is a world leader in humanoid robotics. Currently there are over 6,000 of Aldebaran's flagship NAO robot being used for research and academics in K-12 curriculum and universities in over 70 countries. Aldebaran has it's sights on the personal robotics market, and is continuing to build custom robotics solutions for businesses. Aldebaran Supports a global community of engineers, developers and others interested in exploring the endless possibilities of how robots can be used in the home, workplace, schools, healthcare etc. The mission of their developer community is to inspire developers to challenge the future of social, emotional, and personal robotics; and develop the types of applications that will allow these and other robots to truly enrich the lives of humans around the world.