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KRAIG 103 and 104 explained!

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Author : Vraj Parikh Kraig 103 and Kraig 104 were mainly hands on sessions for the skills required to make a robosoccer robot i.e. soldering and control box. The classes also dealt with the important concept of rectifiers. Kraig 103 started off where Kraig 102 had left i.e. control box circuit. The doubts that many students had pertaining to t... continue reading

KRAIG 102: A SUMMARY

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The second iteration of the KRAIG (Kharagpur Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group) robotics introductory sessions, christened KRAIG 102 was organized by the Technology Robotix Society (TRS) yesterday in the evening in V1 seminar hall at 6:30 PM. Despite rains outside, students turned up in a respectable number to learn the basics of roboti... continue reading

Robotix Introductory Workshop '14

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As it does every year, Technology Robotix Society organised a grand introductory workshop for the enthusiastic freshers of IIT Kharagpur who turned out in huge numbers, occupying every nook and cranny of Kalidas Auditorium to witness the magic of robotics. The workshop began with a look into the work done by the society all through the years.Th... continue reading

How Squishy Would You Like Your Robot?

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Most robots are rigid. Rigid is easy to design, easy to construct, easy to calibrate, and more reliable for all of those dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks that robots excel at. When robots make fundamental structural compromises to rigidity, they do it in complicated ways, like with series elastic actuators or hydraulics. It’s worth it, though,... continue reading

Robot Minesweeper Vehicle Demoed in Mock Military Missions

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A robotic minesweeper aims to defuse lethal roadside bombs that represented the signature weapon killed or wounded thousands of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The all-terrain vehicle developed by Oshkosh Defense resembles an ordinary military vehicle equipped with a mine roller that can clear the way ahead of convoys without a human driver. ... continue reading

Robot Responds to Natural Language Instructions

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It’s possible, even probable, that if you’re reading this article, you either know how to program a robot or could figure it out if you really put your mind to it. But for the rest (indeed for most people), programming is not necessarily a skill that they have at their fingertips. And even if you’re comfortable with writing code in general, wr... continue reading

Perching Robot Glider Nails Simulated Powerline Landings

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The biggest thing holding drones back right now (especially small, inexpensive drones) is arguably battery life. It’s really bad. For a drone that can hover and carry any sort of payload, you’re looking at 10, maybe 20 minutes tops. And even fixed-wing drones don’t do all that much better. This is such an issue that CyPhy Works has developed d... continue reading

Big and Little Legged Robots Team Up to Conquer Terrain

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Humans, robots, and anything else with legs can have issues with navigating terrain that’s rough, sticky, or slippery. Navigating dangerous terrain like this isn’t necessarily a problem, as long as there’s a little bit of advanced warning. Imagine the difference between walking out onto an icy sidewalk that you _are _expecting, as opposed to w... continue reading

Meet Pepper, Aldebaran's New Personal Robot With an "Emotion Engine"

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French robotics company Aldebaran unveiled its newest robot, a friendly humanoid named Pepper that seems determined to make everyone smile. Pepper talks, gesticulates, and zips by on wheels. And it has an “emotion engine,” designed to understand how people are feeling and react accordingly. Aldebaran built the robot for SoftBank, the Japanese... continue reading

Mobile Robots Deliver Electricity to Your Appliances

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Having to plug things into wall outlets is a recurring irritation of modern life. There are never enough of them, they’re never where you need them to be, and when you do plug into one, you end up with tangles of cords strewn all over the floor. Now Japanese researchers might have a solution, and it involves robots (of course). Their idea is to... continue reading