Random Robot Roundup

Posted 20 Apr 2011 at 21:08 UTC (updated 21 Apr 2011 at 04:42 UTC) by steve Share This

It's been over a month since our last news roundup and it's well past time! I just returned from the 2011 VEX World Championship in Orlando, FL where I got to meet aspiring robot builders from all over the world, as well as hang out with Kari Byron from Myth Busters. I'll be posting more on that soon. Meanwhile, Dave Couzins writes to tell us about his new book called Domers, about a future in which teleoperated robots and native Americans fight an invading Mexican army. Tim Smith wrote to let us know about the new Willow Garage TurtleBot platform. Nicki Escudero wants you to know about the top five robots from USC's Robot Week event. Shawn H. Corey noticed these cool mini-ornithopter machines created on a 3D printer at Cornell Creative Machines Lab. No roundup is complete without the latest news from The Swirling Brain; his latest finds are a TechNews Daily article on a Punching robot, a Popular Science article on creepy android doubles, and an exoskeletal arm that anyone can buy for less than $3,000 USD. Know any other robot news, gossip, or amazing facts we should report? Send 'em our way please. And don't forget to follow us on twitter.

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