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From the Editor of the Combat Zone

From my first involvement in this sport, just at the end of the BattleBots™ run on Comedy Central, through the gradual decline of “big bot” events into a persistent few, the explosive growth of “small bot” events, and now, into “The Second Age of Television,” it’s been quite a ride.

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These Robots Come to the Rescue after a Disaster

When disaster strikes, who's first on the scene? More and more, it’s a robot. In her lab, Robin Murphy builds robots that fly, tunnel, swim and crawl through disaster scenes, helping firefighters and rescue workers save more lives safely — and help communities return to normal up to three years faster.


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It’s ParkerBot!

It’s ParkerBot! was featured in the article "Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer" by Steve Koci found in the September 2015 issue. Here is a video demo of ParkerBot sneaking around the neighborhood, getting ready to scare some kids! 

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Pokémon GO — The Killer App for Augmented Reality?

Well, it’s finally here — the killer app for augmented reality. I’ve worked on and written about augmented reality (AR) applications for years, but the technology of mixing synthetic images, sounds, and other media with reality has never expanded past the early adopter crowd. At least until now. For the past few weeks, my workbench has been invaded by creatures from the Pokémon GO game, as you can see in the accompanying photo.

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