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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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BeaglePilot 2.0: Making Underwater Drones


The aim of the project is to create an open hardware underwater vehicle based on BeagleBone Black. The project will involve using the OpenROV code base and the APM, to provide autopilot capabilities. ROS will be used as a bridge (mavros) to interface with the APM. The project will enable hobbyists to get access to a low cost, easy to use and open hardware underwater vehicle platform with autopilot capabilities which they can modify according to their needs and requirements.

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PicoPower


If you own a smartphone or an Apple Watch, you’ve likely experienced the pain of constantly connecting your gear to a charger and configuring (i.e., crippling) your device to extend battery life. Imagine what life would be like if you never had to hunt down that charger and cable again. Clearly, devices that extract energy from the environment are the future.

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