Robotics

NASA’S Latest Rover Prototype Transforms To Rappel Down Steep Cliff Faces

NASA’S Latest Rover Prototype Transforms To Rappel Down Steep Cliff Faces

Exploring distant planets such as Mars is an incredibly daunting task. We’ve seen, through experience, that even something as simple as traversing the landscape to collect data can present insurmountable challenges to our rovers. To that end, NASA and others are constantly innovating ways to be able to explore more of these surfaces. NASA JPL […]

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Build an Animatronic Raven Kit

Build an Animatronic Raven Kit

  Animatronic Raven DIY Kit $255–$375, Mr. Chicken’s Prop Shop, chickenprops.com Pololu Mini Maestro Servo Controllers $30–$50, Pololu Robotics and Electronics, pololu.com Here’s an awesome small-batch kit that’s got all the hardware and feathers you need to assemble a well-articulated animatronic raven that would fit into any imagineer’s menagerie. Includes laser-cut acrylic chassis parts, vacuum-formed […]

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Watch As This Rubik’s Cube Floats In Mid-Air While Solving Itself

Watch As This Rubik’s Cube Floats In Mid-Air While Solving Itself

Last year we were awed by the clever work of Takashi Kaburagi. He built a rubik’s cube that solves itself. The internals of this robot are cleverly designed so that it can twist and turn itself back to the solved position from the inside, leaving us with a fantastic show. He brought it to the […]

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Bio Inspired: Many NASA Rover Concepts Evoke Living Creatures

Bio Inspired: Many NASA Rover Concepts Evoke Living Creatures

This is an excerpt from Make: Soft Robotics, A DIY Introduction to Squishy, Stretchy, and Flexible Robots. Find it at here.     As NASA-funded soft robotic and compliant system concepts begin to attract attention, we jokingly refer to the rover concepts as the “Menagerie” since so many take research inspiration directly from animals. These bioinspired […]

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Which Development Board Is Right For Your Project? A Quick Guide

Which Development Board Is Right For Your Project? A Quick Guide

Having trouble figuring out just which dev board to choose for your next project? Well, the hard truth is that there is no easy answer. There are simply so many options out there and multiple ones will likely work for the idea you have. Angela Melick has offered up a quick guide to help you […]

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Watch This Robot Snake Climb Vertical Walls

Watch This Robot Snake Climb Vertical Walls

…as for its wall-climbing abilities, I got a one-word response: “Magnets.”

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