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SIGGRAPH 2010’s Emerging Technologies presents innovations across a broad range of applications, including displays, robotics, input interfaces, vision technologies, and interactive techniques.

Presented in a combination of technologies chosen by the organizers and works selected by a jury of experts, the 22 selections came from more than 107 international submissions and will be on display and available for interaction with attendees in Los Angeles this summer. Read the rest of this entry »


NASA Television will broadcast the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Kickoff event on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 7 a.m. PST from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.

During the live broadcast, FIRST Robotics founder Dean Kamen will reveal the competition scenario for 2009, launching a six-week design and building frenzy for thousands of students in 1,687 international student teams.

The event also will be streamed live at NASA Robotics Alliance Project (RAP) Web site at http://robotics.nasa.gov/.

Each year, FIRST presents a new robotics competition scenario with twists and nuances to challenge both rookie and veteran teams alike. Each team receives an identical kit of parts and has six weeks to design and build a robot based on the team’s interpretation of the game scenario. Other than dimension and weight restrictions, the look and function of the robots is up to each individual team.

As in past years, NASA is playing a significant role by providing public access to robotics programs to encourage young people to investigate careers in the sciences and engineering. Through the NASA Robotics Alliance Project, the agency provides grants for 238 teams and sponsors four regional student competitions, including a new FIRST regional competition in Washington, D.C.

Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to convince American youth that engineering and technology are exciting and ‘cool’ fields. The annual robotics competition is patterned after the engineering design course that FIRST national advisor Woodie Flowers taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

NASA participation in the FIRST program is provided through the NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate, Washington, and is directed by Dave Lavery.

NASA TV’s Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. For additional information go to: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For a complete a list of the regional events, corporate sponsors and other details, visit: http://www.usfirst.org/

For more information on the NASA’s Robotics Alliance Project visit: http://robotics.nasa.gov/

For NASA sponsored regional events and teams visit: http://robotics.arc.nasa.gov/events/2009_sponsorship.php


USB Snowbot

USB SnowbotPowered by a simple USB port, the Snowbot has a scanning light just like the robots from the future. You can change the speed of the scan, turn on/off the scanning noise, and (for future protection) change the scan color (red or blue). So no matter which robot army storms your home or office, a quick flick of a switch and you are rooting for the invader’s color. Hopefully then the robots will just make you a servant and not an appetizer. Good luck and happy holidays.

 

Snowbot Features:

  • USB Powered (for great justice!)
  • Scanning LED Robotic Eye
  • Rate of sweeping is controllable via knob
  • Selectable LED Robotic Eye Colors (Blue or Red)
  • Authentic Snowbot Sound (on/off switch)
  • Rotating, articulating metal arms
  • Coiled (12″) USB cable extends to 30″

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SRV-1 Mobile Surveillance Robot

SRV-1 Mobile Surveillance Robot Explore the dangerous terrain of your home or office with the SRV-1 Mobile Robot. This palm sized bot packs tank-like treads, a 32-bit ARM processor and a mini video camera. The included wireless transmitter interfaces via USB with any PC up to 300 feet away. The Java based host software supports Windows, Mac or Linux OS and features a built-in web server to monitor and control the SRV-1 Robot with a web browser anywhere in the world. Live video from the robot updates at a few frames per second and runs at resolutions of up to 320 x 240. The built in proximity sensors can be toggled on or off to assist when driving the robot manually. An autonomous roving mode allows the SRV-1 to explore independently while avoiding obstacles. Video surveillance recording can be scheduled based on time or date and saved as an AVI video file. Built in web based user-management controls who has access to pilot the robot or change settings. Multiple users can watch the live video feed from the robot without having access to control it. The included software is completely open source on both the host computer end and the robot firmware. Budding programmers can exploit some other nifty features of the robot such as visual object tracking.

Important Note:
The SRV-1 Mobile Robot comes fully assembled and ready to use, but requires some basic technical knowledge of Java and the command line to set-up the software. If you feel comfortable tinkering and have had experience configuring a basic web server you should be in fine shape.

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