With its acquisition of Boston Dynamics, Google now owns a donkey-bot -- not the most promising species to turn into a Terminator, but we all have to start somewhere. Wired rounds up some more real-world animal-inspired projects
An interesting piece of work from Brazil: an Arduino powered open source CNC miling machine. A good opportunity also to know what's going on in different parts of the world where usually makers have no huge visibility. You can also support from abroad! "It's time for Brazil to show its strength in the maker movement" My name is Jeferson, the Protoptimus founder. I'm on a Catarse.me campaing, the largest Brazilian crowdfunding website, and I need your help. We yearn to be the first big manufacturer of low cost and ease-to-use CNC milling machine with Arduino, in our country. Unfortunately, our campaign it's mainly for residents in Brazil and is only in Portuguese. via Protoptimus Máquinas e Usinagem CNC: ENGLISH.
Long-haul truckers may not be too happy to hear it but according to Daimler board member Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, "The truck of the future is a Mercedes-Benz that drives itself." These are no hollow words either, as the German automaker has completed its first public road test of an...
Twenty-three teams from 10 countries recently competed at the International Field Robot event held during the DLG Field Days. This international competition brings international student teams and their autonomous field robots to Bernburg-Strenzfeld, Germany, to compete in five assigned tasks.
Started in 2003 by the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, the goal of the competition is to test new technologies in robotics and precision farming under real-world conditions.
It was a fun several days of competition, and it was amazing to see the ingenuity of the students not only in the design of their robots, but in the way they handled adversity and hiccups during the event. A full list of the winners is available here.
The goal of the competition is to test pioneering technologies in robotics and precision farming under real conditions on the field. It also gives young scientists the opportunity to participate on the European stage and inspire the development of ideas.
MORE FROM DLG FIELD DAYS:
UAVs at a German farm show
A visit to the DLG test center
As in previous events, the field tasks focused on row crops with corn as the main crop. Each robot had to complete five tasks in order to assess their capabilities in sensing, navigation and actuation, as follows:
Basic and advanced navigation (Task 1 & 2): To ascertain whether the robots can skilfully and effectively navigate between rows, an important requisite especially in field crops like maize.Agricultural applications (Task 3): Introduced this year, the robots will have to detect weeds and create weed maps using positional information.Cooperative abilities (Task 4): Teams will demonstrate how their robots can work together.Freestyle operation (Task 5): As its name suggests, this task is all about creativity. Robots will be tasked to perform a freestyle, applications-oriented operation.
While the ‘top robot’ was selected based on performance over several routine field tasks, all students and budding engineers got equal opportunity to mingle, network and meet like-minded counterparts in Europe. As the use of robots in agriculture reduces labour inputs and the potential for human error, robotics engineering is a new field that is set to take off in a big way in precision agriculture.
it is not often that a person builds their own camera, and even less common for them to build a large format camera, but Jimmy.c. Alzen just built one of those. The total cost of the build was less than $150 + several years of education and tinkering know-how. The camera was submitted to Hack [...]
To give people a better understanding of what state-operated surveillance equipment actually looks like, critical engineers Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev built a GSM interception unit. Now Oliver has published the HOWTO on the web.
This is a summary post, going over some of the machines I have been working on over the last 6 months. Much more information, design details and files are on the way, just fighting for time at the moment.
Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits MaKey MaKey by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum - Made by JoyLabz ID: 1068 - Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to Your World. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything
Quadrilla - The Cyclone and nearly 7,000 other quality toys at Fat Brain Toys. A HUGE box filled with beautiful fun! High quality wood, brilliant colors, fast-moving effects… It's all here, in one timeless, top-notch innovative plaything. The ulimate marble run, Quadrilla Cyclone takes fun over the top!