VEX IQ is a robotics platform designed to transform STEM learning for young students and their teachers. Students as young as 8 can jump right in and snap robots together using this intuitive, toolless platform while educators can utilise the free VEX IQ Curriculum to help teach them valuable lessons and skills that are needed in today’s changing world. This curriculum will be tailored to the UK education system. The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, gives students affordable access to the inspiration, excitement and learning that comes from participating in a STEM challenge.
From the Coordinated Robotics Lab of The University of California, San Diego, here is the BeagleMiP Mobile Inverted Pendulum (MiP) educational robotics development kit from Strawson Design, able to balance and carry more weight on 2 wheels such as modules, extensions, sensors, hacks, 3D printed add-ons and more. While the awesome Arduino-derived $99 WowWee MiP device is the coolest consumer toy robot that I have seen at CES 2014 (which you can see starting at 19:36 into this video), the idea with BeagleMiP is to do even more with the system, based on the $45 Texas Instruments BeagleBone Black with a 1Ghz TI AM335x ARM Cortex-A8, they add their Novus Robotics Cape add-on PCB board to provide for all the robotics R&D connectivity. This video features UCSD Professor Thomas Bewley, UCSD PhD student James Strawson and USCD PhD student Saam Ostovari.
While the BeagleMiP will be commercially available as a $150 MiP robotics development kit, the WowWee MiP is going to be the world’s first mass produced self-balancing Mobile Inverted Pendulum based commercial robot equipped with GestureSense technology (hand motion controls), bluetooth for Smartphone app control, fast speed, expansion for additional fun functionality. Carrying mode allows it to carry any weight, it also even has a port on the final model and can carry and balance any additional weight, including cameras, more sensors, modems, anything else users can think of.
As you can hear in the video, these UCSD students are also working on 40 centimeters tall versions of their MiP, which will be able to carry heavy bags like groceries for you and follow you around, for example.
- From Prototype to Product with the BeagleBone Black (makezine.com)
- Blog Post: Another busy day @ CES: Day 2 recap! (e2e.ti.com)
- This robot will clean your barbecue, and other bizarre robotics at CES (trentonian.com)
- Meet Mip™by WowWee at the 2014 International CES! (virtual-strategy.com)
- MiP is a balancing robot that works with your smartphone (theverge.com)
- WowWee’s MiP revisited: the dance of the robot fairies (engadget.com)
- Wowwee MiP Smartphone Controlled Robot Announced (Video) (geeky-gadgets.com)
- CES 2014: This Tiny Robot Has Flawless Balance [Video] (popsci.com)
Orbotix shows their latest smartphone controlled gyro motion robot.
Bruno Maisonnier Founder of Aldebaran Robotics talks about his french autonomous humanoid robots, including the NAO Robot, an autonomous little humanoid robot that can interact emotionally. They are developing Robot hardware platforms, developing a Linux based operating system dedicated to humanoid robotics, understanding emotions, understanding dialog, an SDK and Tools to enable all developers to develop apps for the Humanoid Robots in their apps store.
You can also watch the keynote video by Bruno Maisonnier at LeWeb 2013:
The Unbound Robotics UBR 1 is a robot that uses a combination of both ARM Cortex and x86 processors. The UBR 1 is designed as a platform for robotics development and uses ROS (robotics operating system) which is open source. The main processor currently in the robot is an x86 but it uses 12 ST Microelectronics ARM Cortex-M4 based microcontrollers to control each part of the robot.
You can read more about it here: http://unboundedrobotics.com/ubr-1/
The virtual humanoid works through using a pare of glasses and imitates a human being. No date was specified for release other than as soon as possible. The system requires a Windows based computer.
The muscle suit provides extra strength for lifting items. KOA corporation is itself a producer of sensors. The muscle suit remains under development and is not on the market yet. The muscle suit is powered through a cable and a small battery. KOA also produces a touch sensor.
Nissan shows their own self driving car similar to Google’s but without the volodyne radar system. Adding the technology to cars requires few changes to a car. The question is to know how far they are with development and if they can show this car on real roads in real traffic soon like Google does or not.
Mastor produces motorized gyroscope based steadicams, Gimbal Systems and Unmanned Aerial Systems for steady filming, the company is Hong Kong based. Mastor is itself a relatively new company being 6 months old. Mastor also had a IFA booth as well. Some of the products Mastor makes includes filming helicopters (Octa and Quad versions available) and devices for holding your smartphone, point and shoot and or larger sized camaera. The smartphone holder will come in February for 230 Euro or 313 USD. The GOPRO holder will retail for 299 Euro or 407 USD. The camera holder for directors has a remote control and sells for a much higher price.