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Robots: Nylon Fishing Line Actuator

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Professor Geoffrey Spink from Wollogong University about his team's work on artificial muscles. Professor Spink's Australian led team are able to produce artificial muscles from nylon fishing line that can contract by about 50% of their original length, can generate forces that are over 100 times larger than our own muscle, and produce a mechanical power output of over five kilowatts per kilogram - similar to a jet engine. He tells us that “the advantage of using something as simple as fishing line or sewing thread is that they're really cheap and they're readily available... The tools we need to make the fishing line muscles are fishing line, a hair dryer, and an electric drill.”

Syndicated 2014-10-31 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Getting Girls Engaged in Robotics

Earlier this year, the Robots Podcast team came across a very interesting story. It was about two, 17 year old twin sisters who have started their own robotics outreach group. The story about the Tipperman sisters got us curious. What kind of robotics outreach activities are out there to inspire children with robotics? Do any of these activities make a difference in getting more girls to be interested in robotics? In this episode, AJung conducted a series of three interviews. She spoke to the Tipperman sisters to find out more about their activities, spoke with Ross Mead, a PhD student who has years of experience organizing robotics events and inspiring young minds, and with Professor Elizabeth Croft, a roboticist who also happens to study the topic of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Syndicated 2014-10-17 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Quest for Computer Vision

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Peter Corke, the professor of robotic vision at Queensland University of Technology, about computer vision. They speak about the history and future of computer vision, and Peter's upcoming Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).

Syndicated 2014-10-03 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: AirDog

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Edgars Rozentals, who is the CEO and Founder of Helico Aerospace Industries. They talk about Helico's upcoming product, 'AirDog', which is an autonomous quadrocopter that is used to record video of action sports.

Syndicated 2014-09-21 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: M-Blocks

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews John Romanishin from MIT, about his project 'M-Blocks'. M-Blocks are small cubes with no exterior moving parts that can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes.

Syndicated 2014-09-05 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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