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Quadrotor Uses Google's Project Tango to Fly Autonomously

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Early this year, Google unveiled its Project Tango smartphone, a mobile device equipped with a depth sensor, a motion tracking camera, and two vision processors that let the phone track its position in space and create 3D maps in real time. The device is particularly useful for robots, which have to navigate and locate themselves in the world.... continue reading

Drones & Jetpacks Take Center Stage at Futuristic Festival

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A slew of sci-fi celebs and all-star scientists will descend on Washington, D.C. for The Future Is Here, a festival celebrating the technology of tomorrow, science fiction and outer space. The event, produced by Smithsonian magazine, features talks on everything from robots to human evolution, as well as a live jetpack demonstration. The cas... continue reading

Robot Arm Catches Flying Objects

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There are some things a robot can’t do, but catching a flying object is no longer one of them. With its four-fingered, three-jointed hand, a new robot can catch a ball, a bottle or a tennis racket thrown in its direction in less than five-hundredths of a second, researchers reported in the journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics. Fast-reacting r... continue reading

Could a Robot Deliver Motivational Speeches?

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Imagine a day when a form of artificial intelligence could deliver a speech as compelling as one given by a human. A nonprofit organization called XPRIZE, which designs competitions to encourage the development of innovative technology for the benefit of humanity, announced it will award a prize to anyone who can develop an artificial intelli... continue reading

'RoboClam' Digging Machine As Fast as Natural Burrowers

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A robot that can dig quickly and deeply into mud or wet sand could one day help lay underwater cables, dig up and detonate underwater mines, or anchor machines to the seafloor, researchers say. The robotic digging machine, dubbed RoboClam, takes cues from the prolific burrowing abilities of the Atlantic razor clam (Ensis directus), a species of... continue reading

DARPA and Drone Cars: How the US Military Spawned Self-Driving Car Revolution

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the arm of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for advancing military technology, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the DARPA Grand Challenge, an ambitious, first-of-its-kind race between robotic, self-driving cars. The Grand Challenge, which occurred on March 13, 2004, involv... continue reading

Robotic FIish Swims Like a Real One

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Robot fish could one day be enlisted for undercover science missions. A soft-bodied robot that looks and swims like a fish was unveiled by researchers at MIT this week; they say something like it might be able to infiltrate schools of real fish and gather data about their behavior. The autonomous robot swishes side-to-side underwater as differ... continue reading

Robotix 2014 - A Look Back

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ROBOTIX 2014, conducted during Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur’s annual technical fest, was a compendium of unique events designed to push the thinking abilities of the participants to a new level altogether! Participation was not just from every nook and corner of India, but our events reached out to nations beyond too. Robotix currently sees the bigg... continue reading

DIY : Build your own Geo Aware robot

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[youtube][http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX6BVEVYhwI&feature=share&list=PLzio60ZRzGwaeVf2SNIxYydbsrQzOY7zp&index=8/youtube] Video Sections: 00:38 - Module 1.0 - Overview 03:12 - Module 2.0 - Hardware: A Remote Controlled Robot 16:32 - Module 3.0 - Lane Following 25:14 - Module 3.1 - Shape Detection 30:37 - Module 3.2 - Map Processi... continue reading

Winter Workshop 2013 Report

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Annual Winter Workshop # # Winter Workshop - Phase I Autonomous Robotics Project 1: LABYRINTH Build a robot that is capable of traversing across a grid and also capable of receiving data from a computer to go to a specific co-ordinate. * __Link to Project Documentation: [Labyrinth](https://drive.google.com/#folders/0Bxxvb-jKlChUVkNYQmRKY1F... continue reading