By Hitesh Raj Bhagat, ET Bureau: This cute little fella is the mBot — a do-it-yourself educational robot kit from robotics experts Makeblock. Built around the Arduino open-source platform, it's designed to induct kids into the fields of robotics and programming. The company chose to build around the concept of STEM education: science, technology, engineering & mathematics. Specifically, it helps children get an early start into these disciplines. There are two versions of the mBot: a Bluetooth version for home use 2.4Ghz WiFi version, which is designed for classroom use. The company took to Kickstarter to generate funds for mBot and promised one unit for $49 (plus shipping). From a modest $20,000 goal, a staggering $285,463 was raised during the campaign. Now, you can buy a kit from Makeblock's website. Coming back to the mBot, everything that you need to build it is in the box — in a nutshell, you need to assemble it using the precise instructions provided and add batteries. There are 45 pieces and it's easy to put them together in about 15 minutes. It's neatly packaged and consists of very high quality materials — including some attractive anodised aluminium parts in your choice of pink or blue. Every little part that you need — from the main Arduino board, DC motors, to each screw, cable and even a set of tools — is in the box. It comes pre-programmed but it's also designed to be tinkered with. Parent of pre-teens might be familiar with Scratch — a free, graphicalbased programming language developed by MIT Media Lab. Well, Makeblock has built their own version for this and called it mBlock (it's based on Scratch 2.0 and free to download from their website). The idea behind mBlock is that younger children can start out with graphical programming and move on to text-based programming as they become more advanced. Cont'd...
DUNWOODY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATES STRATASYS' ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY INTO ITS CURRICULUM
Technical college adds additive manufacturing certificate program
ThinkFun and MakerBot Inspire the Engineer in Every Child with Maker Studio Construction Sets Available Online on Thingiverse
Sets to Create Imaginative, Kinetic Machines Now Available on Thingiverse, the World's Largest 3D Design Community
Major Boost To UK Robotics Capability With Launch of EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network
The UK's ability to develop and exploit the vast potential of Robotics and Autonomous Systems was given a major boost today with the formal launch of The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network).
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced the launch of a new robotics network that aims to foster academic and industry collaboration. The UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) will have a strong academic foundation, with a number of universities acting as founding members. According to the EPSRC, the network has already received strong support from major industrial partners, as well as from professional bodies such as Royal Academy of Engineering, IET, and The Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Globally, the market for service and industrial robots is estimated to reach $59.5 billion by 2020. A primary aim of the network will be to bring the UK’s academic capabilities under national coordination, fuelling innovation in the robotics sector and taking advantage of the growth in the industry. Cont'd...
ISA's 58th Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium attracts 120 attendees to examine and offer solutions to critical automation challenges
Experts examined the critical issues and explored the latest news and trends spanning across all energy sources, including fossil fuel, nuclear power and renewable energy.
Siemens Expands Frontier Partner Program for Manufacturing-focused Startups to Accelerate Innovations to Market
Siemens and Silicon Valley combine engineering and entrepreneurship to forge breakthrough technologies, harness the power of data and make 'real' things. ---Frontier Partner program grants 3D printing and robotics-focused startups access to Siemens software and technology to accelerate product development. ---Announcements made at The Atlantic Silicon Valley event discussing software innovation and the next generation of manufacturing and 3D printing.
WPI responds to President Obama's call to develop a workforce oriented towards innovation, invention, design and manufacturing.
STAUBLI ROBOTICS HOSTS TECH DAYS - SOLUTIONS FOR LIFE SCIENCES JULY 14TH AND 15TH, 2015 IN KING OF PRUSSIA, PA
The two-day event offers a unique opportunity to explore an up-close look at new innovations in robotics, software and connection technology for use in the Life Science Industry as well as general automation.
Automated loading and unloading of cutting and molding machines.
The inaugural 2016 competition will consist of three Challenges and a triathlon type "Grand Challenge.
New Short Course for Design, Manufacturing, and R&D Professionals Runs July 20-24, 2015
PCSV discusses the Future of Robotics in STEM Education.
Drone Academy X, A Trusted Name In Drone Education, Releases DJI Inspire 1 Instructional Video and An Opportunity to become a Training Partner
Drone Academy X-Inspire 1 is a feature length, multi-part instructional video that teaches drone pilots how to assemble, care for, and pilot their DJI Inspire 1. Experienced drone pilot Colin Burgess hosts the video along side film and television star Corey Feldman. Drone Academy X now offers an opportunity to partner and start your own drone business.
JMP Engineering completed a rigorous process which includes an on-site audit and testing of key personnel among other important criteria.
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The ST Robotics Workspace Sentry robot and area safety system are based on a small module that sends an infrared beam across the workspace. If the user puts his hand (or any other object) in the workspace, the robot stops using programmable emergency deceleration. Each module has three beams at different angles and the distance a beam reaches is adjustable. Two or more modules can be daisy chained to watch a wider area. "A robot that is tuned to stop on impact may not be safe. Robots where the trip torque can be set at low thresholds are too slow for any practical industrial application. The best system is where the work area has proximity detectors so the robot stops before impact and that is the approach ST Robotics has taken," states President and CEO of ST Robotics David Sands.