Robotics

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Make:cast #16 – Build It and See What Happens

Make:cast #16 – Build It and See What Happens

As part of a $50 million grant to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2017, the Maker Library & Innovative Learning Complex of the Future is under construction on campus. The new $17.5 million building will house a makerspace open to all students. Austin McChord is the RIT donor and I talk to him in this episode of Make:cast.

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Me and My Robot: Odd Jayy Interview

Me and My Robot: Odd Jayy Interview

Odd Jayy wanted a friend so he built a robot — and in doing so, he discovered his community.

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What Would You Do With A Robot Arm On Your Workbench?

What Would You Do With A Robot Arm On Your Workbench?

Robot arms are awesome. I think that’s a pretty safe statement to make. We’ve seen all sizes and varieties of robot arms and the general sentiment is always … “wow, that’s cool”.  The Dorna 2 keeps this trend going, even though we didn’t have enough time with it to really test it’s potential. Pulling the […]

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NASA’S Latest Rover Prototype Transforms To Rappel Down Steep Cliff Faces

NASA’S Latest Rover Prototype Transforms To Rappel Down Steep Cliff Faces

Exploring distant planets such as Mars is an incredibly daunting task. We’ve seen, through experience, that even something as simple as traversing the landscape to collect data can present insurmountable challenges to our rovers. To that end, NASA and others are constantly innovating ways to be able to explore more of these surfaces. NASA JPL […]

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Build an Animatronic Raven Kit

Build an Animatronic Raven Kit

  Animatronic Raven DIY Kit $255–$375, Mr. Chicken’s Prop Shop, chickenprops.com Pololu Mini Maestro Servo Controllers $30–$50, Pololu Robotics and Electronics, pololu.com Here’s an awesome small-batch kit that’s got all the hardware and feathers you need to assemble a well-articulated animatronic raven that would fit into any imagineer’s menagerie. Includes laser-cut acrylic chassis parts, vacuum-formed […]

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Maker Spotlight: Engineer Emily

Maker Spotlight: Engineer Emily

  Name  Emily Where are you located?  South Carolina What is your day job?  Senior Mechanical Engineering Student Do you attend a makerspace/fablab/hackerspace?  Most everything of what I work on is done in my college apartment. I have two 3D printers and most all of my tools are kept in my “workshop closet” as I […]

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Watch As This Rubik’s Cube Floats In Mid-Air While Solving Itself

Watch As This Rubik’s Cube Floats In Mid-Air While Solving Itself

Last year we were awed by the clever work of Takashi Kaburagi. He built a rubik’s cube that solves itself. The internals of this robot are cleverly designed so that it can twist and turn itself back to the solved position from the inside, leaving us with a fantastic show. He brought it to the […]

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