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Robotics: Learning Through Teaching

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Learning Through Teaching is an in depth method for getting students to better understand the lessons and topics they are learning. Watch a high school class take the Learning Through Teaching method and apply it to a robotics lesson.

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Lego Unveils Mindstorms EV3: A Robot Kit That’s iPhone-Controlled

Lego Unveils Mindstorms EV3: A Robot Kit That’s iPhone-Controlled | scatol8® | Scoop.it
A lot has changed since 2006. Social networks rule. Smartphones are no longer a luxury for the geek elite.

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Urs Grossheutschi's curator insight, January 7, 2013 3:48 PM

Let's fast-forward to the second half of 2013, please..?

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A step toward creating a bio-robot hybrid

A step toward creating a bio-robot hybrid | scatol8® | Scoop.it

Would it be possible to integrate biological components with advanced robotics, using biological cells to do machine-like functions and interface with an electronic nervous system — in effect, creating an autonomous, multi-cellular biohybrid robot? Researchers Orr Yarkoni, Lynn Donlon, and Daniel Frankel, from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University think so, and they’ve developed an interface to allow communication between the biological and electronic components. One of the major challenges in developing biohybrid devices is in the interface between biological and electronic components. Most cellular signals are simply not compatible with electronics.

 

However, manipulation of signal transduction pathways is one way to interface cells with electronics. So the researchers genetically engineered protein cells from a Chinese hamster ovary to produce nitric oxide (NO) in response to visible light. Here’s how:

 

1. They genetically engineered the nitric oxide synthase protein eNOS by inserting a light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domain into the gene. This created a photoactive version of the eNOS protein that could produce NO in response to excitation by visible light.

 

2. They attached these mutant cells to a nickel tetrasulfonated
phthalocyanine (NiTSPc)-modified platinum electrode that detected the NO and converted it into an electrical signal.

 

In summary: The researchers converted an optical signal into a chemical signal (NO), and converted the chemical signal into an electrical signal. This signal could, in turn, be used to control a robot. Unlike solid-state photodetectors, the cells have the ability to self-reproduce and the potential to combine input signals to perform computation. With rapid advances in synthetic biology, manipulation of metabolic pathways to integrate with machinery will some day allow the development of advanced robotics, the researchers suggest.

 


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Mind-controlled robot avatars inch towards reality

Mind-controlled robot avatars inch towards reality | scatol8® | Scoop.it
The software necessary for mind-controlled robot avatars is being developed by an international team of researchers in Japan.
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Seekur Jr. Robot

The Rugged, All-Weather Seekur Jr. in Action. www.mobilerobots.com

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, January 15, 2013 1:10 PM

This robot is really cool....!!

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Pop-Out Brush Arms Let This Robo Vac Defeat Dusty Corners

Pop-Out Brush Arms Let This Robo Vac Defeat Dusty Corners | scatol8® | Scoop.it
As smart as they may be at mapping out their surroundings and cleaning almost every inch of your home's floors, the design of most robot vacuums makes them useless at tackling corners.

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Urs Grossheutschi's curator insight, January 1, 2013 4:11 PM

We're getting there.. 

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University of Miami Presents Robocane

Robocanes is a five member team of robots that can learn from experience, make split-second decisions and communicate with one another.

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Sphero gets a firmware upgrade and new apps, we get another look at its Augmented Reality Engine (video)

Sphero gets a firmware upgrade and new apps, we get another look at its Augmented Reality Engine (video) | scatol8® | Scoop.it
You remember Sphero, right?Last we checked in with its creators from Orbotix at E3, the $130 robotic ball was getting ready to...

 

Sphero is getting better and better. "Brain transplant on the robot". How cool is that?!


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