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Living Robotix 2016- ‘Memoir inoubliable!’

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21st January 2016­ - A Red Letter Day for all the technocrats eagerly waiting for some dynamic events in the world of robotics.Precisely,it was the day when curtains were raised for the annual Techno­management fest Kshitij 2016 and along with it was launched the 16th edition of the annual robotics charade ,ROBOTIX 2016!! Over the years, the po... continue reading

Decoding the event Sherlock

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Well it’s good to see that you’ve decided to participate in Robotix 2016. Let’s get you through the event in a few easy steps through this easy to follow DIY. The Sherlock robot is a basic differential drive chassis with a few sensors aboard. The two primary sensors are the HMC5883L magnetic digital compass that can be interfaced with the hel... continue reading

10 things to look out for in Robotix 2016

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With less than a month left for the annual Robotix festival, Team Robotix presents to you 10 things to keep yourself prepared and updated with Robotix 2016. New and exciting events This year we present to you 5 events with all unique and exciting problem statements. This Robotix edition will see one of its kind Manual, Autonomous, Semi Auto... continue reading

Ticket to Robotix 2016

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#####**ROBOTIX 2016 KSHITIJ IIT KHARAGPUR** Technology Robotix Society presents ROBOTIX 2016, its annual technological extravaganza, to be held during 21st - 24th January, 2016 as a part of Kshitij, the annual Techno-Management Fest of IIT Kharagpur. Official website: www.robotix.in To participate regis... continue reading

Registrations Now Open for Robotix 2016!

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For all the events of Robotix 2016, visit our Events page NOTE: All Team members are required to register at the Kshitij website before team formation. One of the team members should act as captain and invite all other members to his team from the Team Management section as explained below. The other members should accept the invitation to join... continue reading

Introductory Freshers' Workshop-2015

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Continuing the tradition of the society, Technology Robotix Society once again organized the introductory seminar for enthusiastic UG freshers who turned out as ever, in great numbers, occupying every single corner of Kalidas Auditorium to behold the preview for the exciting year TRS already planned to go through. The workshop began with a look... continue reading

New control algorithm lets quadcopters keep flying on three or less propellers

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Whether it’s for Amazon-purchased goods, text books or defibrillators, unmanned multicopters are increasingly being considered for use as delivery vehicles. Given that this would involve their flying over heavily-populated areas, however, many people are rightly concerned about the aircraft malfunctioning and crashing down onto someone below. Th... continue reading

Robotic Eels on Jupiter's Moon of Europa Harvest Electricity

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Sometimes, headlines just write themselves. And in this particular case, there’s so much cool stuff going on with this NASA-funded robotic project that we couldn’t even stuff it all in to a single line. It’s a concept for a soft robotic eel designed to explore the oceans of Europa (a moon of Jupiter), which is able to scavenge electrical energ... continue reading

A journey called Robotix 2015

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January 29th, 2015. After a year full of workshops, publicity, tutorials, the time for the finale had arrived. The annual techno-management fest, Kshitij 2015 was just about to unfold and with it the presence of the 15th edition of the annual robotics extravaganza, Robotix 2015, was palpable like a scent in the air. The fest has accumulated fam... continue reading

Complete Minefield Tutorial

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Minefield Tutorial Problem statement: Build a semi-autonomous robot capable of detecting hidden metal mines autonomously and rescuing stranded victims using gesture recognition in a minefield. Video Tutorial for robot Introduction: This tutorial assumes basic prerequisite knowledge of differential drive and microcontrollers. Otherwise, the fo... continue reading

Registration Process for ROBOTIX 2015

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Registration for ROBOTIX 2015 are now open For all the event details of Robotix 2015, visit: www.robotix.in Note : _**_All Team members are required to register at the Kshitij website before team formation. One of the team members should act as captain and invite all other members to his team from the Team Management section as explained below... continue reading

DIYs for Robotix 2015 events

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Now participating in our events has become even easier. Presenting the do-it-yourself sheets for 3 of our events including a first-ever autonomous event DIY for ‘Minefield’. For more information regarding the event rules, bot specifications, tutorial, etc. for minefield go to robotix.in/minefield For more information regarding the event ... continue reading

Autumn Workshops Conducted Across India

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Continuing its tradition of spreading the culture of robotics throughout the country, Technology Robotix Society, in collaboration with Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur, conducted workshops in 6 cities, with the total attendance exceeding 2000 students. These workshops are part of our continuing effort to increase the knowledge of robotics throughout the ... continue reading

Annual Kolkata Workshop

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It’s time once again for the enlightening and fun filled Annual Kolkata workshop organised by Technology Robotix Society in collaboration with Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur . The workshop is our first pit-stop as we kickstart our journey towards Robotix 2015! Date : 19th October,2014 (Sunday) Time :** 9 A.M. onwards** Venue : G. D. Birla Sabhagha... continue reading

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

Here's That Extra Pair of Robot Arms You've Always Wanted

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Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) are robotic limbs that, when worn, give you more limbs than you’d normally have. In other words, they’re not robotic limbs designed to replace biological limbs that you might be missing, but rather robotic limbs designed to augment the number of limbs that you have already. MIT researchers have been developi... continue reading

Researchers Build Fast Running Robot Inspired by Velociraptor

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Researchers have long been interested in fast-running robots with powerful, agile legs. In particular, several groups have focused on bio-inspired designs based on cheetahs. But when a team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) set out to create a new sprinting robot, they didn’t look at big cats; instead, they fou... continue reading

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

DIY : Build your own Transporter robot

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Problem Statement of Transporter: Build an autonomous robot which can traverse a grid and place blocks in voids on the grid such that it optimises its path while completing this task. For more details about the event, refer to our website. As per the Problem Statement, the robot has to guide its locomotion and perform the tasks of Grid follow... continue reading

DIY : Build your own Canyon Rush Robot

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Problem Statement Build a manually controlled robot capable of traversing an arena similar to a canyon and save victims stranded at certain depths. For more details on the event refer to our website. Required Material Material Quantity Wheels 6 30 rpm DC motor 2 100 rpm DC motor 4 Axles 2 Springs 2 ... continue reading

DIY : Build your own InspiralOn Robot

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Problem Statement Build a manually controlled robot capable of traversing a broken pipe and repairing it on the way, in this case, popping corks plugged in the pipe. For more details on the event refer to our website. Required Material Material Quantity Wheels 3 30 rpm DC motor 1 100 rpm DC motor 4 Castor Whe... continue reading

Romo 3 | A Gadget that will Transform your iPhone into a Robot

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Photo from: Kickstarter.com Did you know that your iOS device can act as the brain of a robot? Romotive engineers Phu Nguyen and Peter Seid invented a smartphone-powered Android – the Romo 3. As soon as you dock your iDevice in its dedicated port, you can immediately train and utilize it as your digital pet or companion. For this entry, we’ll... continue reading

Registrations Now Open for Robotix 2014

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For all the events of Robotix 2014, visit: www.robotix.in For registrations: Visit Kshitij website: http://www.ktj.in/ 1. Register on the website by clicking ‘register’ in the right corner of the home page. Fill in all the details. The following window will appear. Click on ‘sign in’ in the top left corner. Fill in your ‘Usern... continue reading

Realm of the Robots

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As we kick-start our journey towards the annual extravaganza Robotix held during Kshitij at IIT Kharagpur, the first landmark to be reached was the Annual Kolkata Workshop. Held at G.D Birla Sabhaghar in association with Kshitij and witnessed by over 800 students, the workshop was a grand success.This is not only due to the ... continue reading

Autumn Workshops across India

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As always during the autumn mid-semester break, Technology Robotix Society in collaboration with Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur organised workshops all over the country. The workshops were conducted by members of our society in 6 cities, and were attended by over 2000 students. These workshops are a manifestation of the efforts that we put in to sprea... continue reading

Annual Kolkata Workshop

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It’s time once again for the enlightening and fun filled Annual Kolkata workshop organised by Technology Robotix Society in collaboration with Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur . The workshop is our first pit-stop as we kickstart our journey towards Robotix 2014! Date : 27th October,2013 (Sunday) Time :** 9 A.M. onwards** Venue : G. D. Birla Sabhagha... continue reading

Freshers’ Pathfinder Workshop 2013

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A new initiative by Technology Robotix Society, the Pathfinder(line following) workshop for IIT Kharagpur’s freshers, conducted in Kalidas Auditorium was both intellectually stimulating and challenging. The number of freshers who turned up for the workshop was good, and all were ready to embrace the challenge of making their first line foll... continue reading

Fly -Sized Robot

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Flies have tiny wings and even tinier brains, yet they are capable of flying swiftly and agilely through even turbulent air. How do they do it? And could we create a robot capable of doing the same? That’s the question that’s been buzzing around Harvard professor Robert Wood’s head for 12 years now. And finally, after years of testing and th... continue reading

Brainstorming Transporter 1- Grid Mapping

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Arena Mapping Algorithm To Demonstrate my grid we will be showing this matrix which is representing the nodes of the 5 x 5 grid. “-” denotes that the arena at this node is unknown “M” denotes that the arena at this node is marked (to be checked) “1” denotes that the arena at this node is known and accessible “0” denotes that the arena at this ... continue reading

Line Follower without Microcontroller

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In this tutorial, we’ll make a simple line follower which follows a white line on a black surface or vice-versa using simple basic components. Things Required: 1. Sensor pairs (either LED-LDR or IR LED-Photodiode) (2) 1. 10k Ohm Potentiometers (4) 1. 1k Ohm resistors (4) 1. LM358N dual amplifier IC (1) 1. BC547 npn BJT (2) 1. B557 pnp BJT (2) 1... continue reading

Robotix Introductory Workshop'13

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As it does every year, Technology Robotix Society organised a grand introductory workshop for the enthusiastic freshmen 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

Naro-nanin educational robot fish

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A new breed of robot fish that is both relatively inexpensive and highly customizable is teaching students between the ages of 10 and 18 about technology and biology. It’s the latest in a line of biologically-inspired underwater robots developed within the naro (nautical robots) project at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), wh... continue reading

DARPA’s real-world Terminator, Atlas

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DARPA and Boston Dynamics, of BigDog, Petman, and Cheetah fame, have unveiled their most advanced humanoid robot yet: Atlas. At 6’2? (188cm) and 330lbs (150kg), Atlas is incredibly imposing; with 28 hydraulically actuated joints, LIDAR and stereo vision, a beefy on-board computer, and some of the most advanced robotic limbs ever conceived, Atlas... continue reading

Giant Swarms of Wi-Fi Robots

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It’s a scenario straight out a sci-fi B-movie: giant self-organized robotic swarms bearing Internet access, setting up pop-up wi-fi networks during a natural disaster. Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed such a technology, using flying robots that could swarm over an area and provide Internet access to disaster... continue reading

X1 Robotic Exoskeleton

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NASA’s Ironman-Like Exoskeleton Could Give Astronauts, Paraplegics Improved Mobility and Strength. Marvel Comic’s fictional superhero, Ironman, uses a powered armor suit that allows him superhuman strength. While NASA’s X1 robotic exoskeleton can’t do what you see in the movies, the latest robotic, space technology, spinoff derived from NASA’s R... continue reading

The Future of Drone Surveillance: Swarms of Cyborg Insect Drones

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Alan Lovejoy wrote, “A device like this could be controlled from a great distance and is equipped with a camera, microphone. It could land on you and then use its needle to take a DNA sample with the pain of a mosquito bite. Or it could inject a micro RFID tracking device under your skin.” While DNA-sucking, RFID-chip-injecting mosquito drones... continue reading

Ecozen's Micro Cold Storage

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Ecozen Solutions is a start up of IIT Kharagpur graduates focused at providing energy and environment solutions to businesses in India. It was started in Sep ‘09 with a motive to create awareness against poor energy management practices, to drive sustainability in the burgeoning Indian market, and elevate the Indian industry to the standards and... continue reading

Earl -The World's First Solar-Powered Backcountry Survival Tablet

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Out in the wilderness, there are few places to charge electronic devices. Those who are looking to slim down their packs and consolidate their GPS, maps, books, and radios into one rugged machine may want to check out Earl, the world’s first backcountry survival tablet. Solar powered and able to withstand dust, mud, and shock, this hearty compa... continue reading

HAL - Hybrid Assistive limb

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“Robot Suit HAL” is a cyborg-type robot that can supplement, expand or improve physical capability. When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneurons, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. “HAL” cat... continue reading

A.E.G.I.S.

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AEGIS uses a beam of antiprotons from the Antiproton Decelerator to measure the value of Earth’s gravitational acceleration. The primary scientific goal of the Antihydrogen Experiment: Gravity, Interferometry, Spectroscopy (AEGIS) is the direct measurement of the Earth’s gravitational acceleration, g, on antihydrogen. AEGIS is a collaboratio... continue reading

The Google Glass

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Back in early 2012, before the world had heard of Google Glass, the tech world was ablaze with rumours that the search giant was beavering away on augmented reality goggles. As the days went by, it was clear that not only was this true, but that Google’s dream of wearable technology was far, far closer to release than anyone would have guessed.... continue reading

A.L.I.C.E.

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ALICE detects quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter thought to have formed just after the big bang. ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) is a heavy-ion detector on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ring. It is designed to study the physics of strongly interacting matter at extreme energy densities, where a phase of matter called quark-gluon ... continue reading

World's fastest robot clocks faster than Usain Bolt

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The world’s fastest robot has now left the world’s fastest man behind. Scientists at the world’s oldest vet college, the Royal Veterinary College, have studied the cheetah in the African wild for over five years, to create the world’s fastest robot.Funded by the US military, the Robotic Cheetah has now beaten the fastest man Usain Bolt. Speakin... continue reading

Tactile Sensing Technology Builds On Tiny Barometer Chips

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Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a very inexpensive tactile sensor for robotic hands that is sensitive enough to turn a brute machine into a dextrous manipulator. Designed by researchers in the Harvard Biorobotics Laboratory at SEAS, the sensor, called TakkTile, is intended to put wha... continue reading

How robots can help children with autism learn and communicate

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A common enough scene, except the “you” in this case is a humanoid robot programmed by researchers affiliated with the University of Connecticut and Movia Robotics to help children with learning delays like those on the autism spectrum improve their social and communication skills. “Hi, Jack,” the robot chirps in greeting, before he and the s... continue reading

Nokia Morph | Nanotechnology, the future of mobile phones

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What is the Nokia Morph about? Nokia Morph is a joint nanotechnology concept, developed by Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge (UK). The Morph demonstrates how future mobile devices might be stretchable and flexible, allowing the user to transform their mobile devices into radically different shapes. It demonstrates th... continue reading

Robotix 2013 - Revisited!

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ROBOTIX 2013, conducted during Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur’s annual technical fest, was an ensemble of events designed to test the mettle of the best robotics enthusiasts and coders from across the country. Its reach extended to all corners of India, bringing in teams from as far as Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Robotix currently sees the biggest participa... continue reading

Curiosity on Mars!

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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity just might be the latest in a long line of Mars-exploring robots to discover the building blocks for primitive life on the Red Planet. The Curiosity rover may have gathered evidence for the presence of perchlorates in Rocknest – a sand patch inside the rover’s Gale Crater landing site on the Red Planet, scientists ... continue reading

exTouch – Manipulation of actuated objects by Augmented Reality

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Created at the Tangible Media Group at the MIT in collaboration with Sony Corporation, exTouch creates Spatially-Aware Embodied Manipulation of Actuated Objects Mediated by Augmented Reality._ _In other words exTouch is an interface system that allows you to manipulate actuated objects in space using augmented reality. The “exTouch” system ext... continue reading

DOMO - A Robust Robot for the Elderly

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For more than a decade, roboticists have worked on systems for the elderly, hoping to extend the amount of time that seniors can live at home and improve their quality of life. Now MIT researchers have built a humanoid robot with a special motion-tracking system and spring-loaded actuators that make it better equipped to deal with household ch... continue reading

Robots with emotions a possibility

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PERNEM: Ever wonder how convenient life would be if the often tiresome tasks like cleaning your home could be completely automated. Well, that convenience could be a reality soon as robots will make life more comfortable for humans by performing tasks that humans find repetitive or at times even unsafe. This observation was made by Surendranath... continue reading

Robot Lets You Be in Two Places at Once

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After a long day at the South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive trade show, Susie Kim and her colleagues took a leisurely two-block stroll back to their hotel in downtown Austin. Except that Kim never left her office in southern California, on the other side of the country. Nor did her other colleagues at https://www.suitabletech.com Suitable T... continue reading

Paralyzed Patient Thinks 'Walk,' and Then Walks

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Thousands of people every year suffer spinal cord injuries and lose their ability to walk. An brain-controlled exoskeleton that moves a patient’s legs could be one way to get some patients out of wheelchairs. A multinational consortium led by Belgian company Space Applications Services has designed the mindwalker, which is a frame – the exoskel... continue reading

Bat-Robot Sheds Light on Flapping Flight

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We’ve had robots inspired by cheetahs, sand fleas, geckos and birds. Now engineers at Brown University have built a robot inspired by the bat. It doesn’t fly on its own yet – the robo-bat is still attached to a kind of arm in a wind tunnel. It does, however, mimic the wing shape and motion of the lesser dog-faced fruit bat. The robot itself i... continue reading

Brainstorming A.C.R.O.S.S 3 - Grid Navigation

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Introduction This tutorial covers the navigation of an autonomous bot on a grid without obstacles. The same code however can be easily modified for a grid with obstacles. An arduino code file is provided at the end. Materials Used Arduino Leonardo Line follower Hardware (Sensors, Motor drivers, Bot Chasis etc.) LCD Display (for Debugging purp... continue reading

DIY: Build your own Overhaul Bot

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Problem Statement Build a manually controlled robot capable of traversing over irregular terrains with deep gaps (crevasses) in between, by bridging them and saving victims stranded at the accident site. For more details on the event refer to our website. Required Material Material Quantity Wheels 4 10 rpm high torque mot... continue reading

Brainstorming A.C.R.O.S.S 2 – Shortest Path Algorithm

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Grid Mapping: The recursive backtracker algorithm we discussed in the previous article can be easily improvised and implemented for grid mapping. This can be understood by understanding that the algorithm is essentially a search algorithm designed to locate the destination point anywhere on a grid with obstacles and thus it will check every poi... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-24

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Winter Workshop 2012 Report

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Technology Robotix Society Annual Winter Workshop # Winter Workshop- I Image Processing Project 1: MANEOUVRE To make a robot that can follow lanes and traverse in rooms with black walls and white floor following the curves and turns of the path created by the walls using an on-board camera. * Link to Project Documentation: [Maneouvre](http... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-23

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DIY : Build your own Abyss Bot

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Problem Statement Build a manually controlled robot which can descend down a rocky surface using ropes to save people (retrieve rings) and escort them to the safe zones(deposit poles). For more details on the event refer to our website. Before we start, here are a few videos which will help you understand the event in a better way. - Video 1 - ... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-22

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Mechanical Design Submission-21

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=594 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121226120342-032944646e404967a793c6cc53c66c90 name=mechanical_design_id-21 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: B S Sachin- BMS College, Bangalore Akshay G H- BMS College, Bangalore Kartik Nayak- BMS College... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-20

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=594 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121226115105-66581f0e82ba4b8e86e974a4ad8390a4 name=mechanical_design_id-20 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Anindya Maitra- S.D.E.T., Kolkata Pinak Ranjan Saha- S.D.E.T., Kolkata Pranay Saha- S.D.E.T., K... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-19

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=544 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121226113911-682559c74c4c48958d0ba58660024138 name=mechanical_design_id-19 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Anupam Das Debabrata Pal Saikat Das Rohit Bhattacharya continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-18

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=544 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121226113106-8017080f7f914c5a840eaae7e9d8098d name=mechanical_design_id-18 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Satyam- Sathyabama University, Chennai Roshan Kumar- Sathyabama University, Chennai Shashank Sh... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-17

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=542 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121226102237-600873ab7ae04101990e8323b8e3f0be name=mechanical_design_id-17 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Sudeshna Trilok- IIT Kharagpur continue reading

Brainstorming A.C.R.O.S.S 1 - Grid Solving Algorithms

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Welcome to Brainstorming ACROSS. This is a series of articles that will cover various aspects of the problem statement of the autonomous event ACROSS and their possible solutions. This particular article will cover the Recursive Backtracker algorithm that can be used by a bot to navigate on an 8x8 grid containing obstacles at unknown locations. ... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-16

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=544 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121224095608-32c0bbde8fd74b9e85f2b8c3301b086c name=mechanical_design_id-16 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Ayush Garg- LNMIIT, Jaipur Vibhore Sharma- LNMIIT, Jaipur Atul Priyadarshi- LNMIIT, Jaipur Ayu... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-15

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=594 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121222173903-04ac30f2b2834341a1dfae0f2ed43d19 name=mechanical_design_id-15 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Vaishali Yadav- IIT Kharagpur continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-14

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=544 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121222173432-d2c6265355bb476498f507a9c055892f name=mechanical_design_id-14 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Vivianjeet Singh- IIT Kharagpur continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-13

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=367 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121221081630-568ea8b0ed6e475f9c52a2dd1cfca413 name=mechanical_design_id-13 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Vipasha Jain- IIT Kharagpur continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-12

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=544 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121221081315-5dc9c5c13cd344b0b37ade8249c2c1b3 name=mechanical_design_id-12 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Avpreet- Guru Nanak Dev Engg. College, Ludhiana Sunil- Guru Nanak Dev Engg. College, Ludhiana S... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-11

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=315 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121221081029-7732dfae53554b6db18b420d968952e4 name=mechanical_design_id-11 username=robotix tag=overhaul unit=px v=2] Team Members: Minali Upreti- LNMIIT, Jaipur Niyati Tiwari- LNMIIT, Jaipur Ratika Garg- LNMIIT, Jaipur continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-10

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=560 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121221080757-2a6120ab1d2e4dd9865abab2bf11654a name=mechanical_design_id-10 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Kashish Agarwal- LNMIIT, Jaipur Gaurav Chawal- LNMIIT, Jaipur Digvijay- LNMIIT, Jaipur Pradeep... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-09

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=594 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121220095902-d1d498d6804a40a3b8fbfe140a232a26 name=mechanical_design_id-9 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Ishan Gupta- IIT Kharagpur continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-08

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=594 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121220080003-e6cb5578fe3c4b99b1644a904a3b4750 name=mechanical_design_id-8 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Ayush Garg- IIT Kharagpur continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-07

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=544 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121220075507-c847e415a37f4d769499276d08bdf565 name=mechanical_design_id-7 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Amrut Rajkarne- IIT Kharagpur continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-06

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=544 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121220075027-181af3bf0eec41589d16dac8aedf7550 name=mechanical_design_id-6 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team Members: Vibhor Garg- LNM Institute of Information Technology Raja Massand- LNM Institute of Information T... continue reading

Robotic roach gets wings, sheds light on evolution of flight

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When engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, outfitted a six-legged robotic bug with wings in an effort to improve its mobility, they unexpectedly shed some light on the evolution of flight. Even though the wings significantly improved the running performance of the 10-centimeter-long robot – called DASH, short for Dynamic Autonomo... continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-05

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=594 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121218070939-f367119541e64eb08938103c0b3ac7d0 name=mechanical_design_id-5 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team: Anchit Navelkar- IIT Kharagpur continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-04

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=594 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121218070808-77cf1153174247f5acf644ec13dd39cd name=mechanical_design_id-4 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team: Ruchita Kachhap- IIT Kharagpur continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-03

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=544 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121218070406-d5973043d668465c9af023854f3a86cb name=mechanical_design_id-3 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team: Kunal Gaba Ashutosh Shukla Ronak Kothari Nitin Arora continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission-02

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=544 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121218065730-d614b247ff9f4c44a9daf27e67f0f29b name=mechanical_design_id-2 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team:Rajvi NarShreya KapoorMitali BharaliTanmaya Chugh continue reading

Mechanical Design Submission- 01

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[issuu viewMode=singlePage width=420 height=594 embedBackground=%23000000 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=121218065154-145c96d17a9544e5bb150e9b4129b01b name=mechanical_design_id-1 username=robotix tag=mech%20design unit=px v=2] Team: Sree Hari- GITAM University Hemanth- GITAM University Bhasker- MVGR College Vinay- Andhra University continue reading

Shimi, Your Musical Robot Companion, Wants the Next Dance

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Does your speaker dock pick music for you, create new compositions, follow your movements around the room and dance with you? No? Then it’s time to Shimi. More than just a speaker doc, the new Shimi – named after the dance move, the “Shimmy” and developed by a team of roboticists from Georgia Tech, IDC Herzliya and the MIT Media Lab – is an i... continue reading

Wax-Filled Nanotech Yarn Behaves Like Super-Strong Muscle

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New artificial muscles made from nanotech yarns and infused with paraffin wax can lift more than 100,000 times their own weight and generate 85 times more mechanical power than the same size natural muscle, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and their international team from Australia, China, South Korea, Canada and Bra... continue reading

HyTAQ: A Hybrid Terrestrial and Aerial Quadrotor

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The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Robotics Lab is working on an interesting variation of the popular quadrotor flying robot. They’ve added a rolling cage that allows the robot to roll along the ground as well as fly. Why would you want to do that? Because rolling requires a lot less power than flying. From the researchers: Experimental r... continue reading

DIY : Build your own Lumos Bot

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Tools: - Soldering Iron - Laptop - AVR related programming software Materials: - LEDs - LDRs - 2 Wheels - Metal Chasis - 1 Castor Wheel - 2 DC motors - 1 Development Board - 1 Microcontroller (Atmega 16) - Motor Driver (L293D) - Relimates - Potentiometers Problem Statement of Lumos: Build one or more autonomous robot(s) that can differentiate... continue reading

Paleontologists Building Robot Dinos with 3D Printed Bones

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Robots and dinosaurs have not, historically, had the greatest of relationships, but that doesn’t mean we don’t all secretly (or not so secretly) want our own robot dinos to cuddle, ride around on, and provide security. Paleontologists have decided that they’re going to try to build themselves anatomically correct and fully functional robot din... continue reading

Registrations Now Open for Robotix 2013

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For all the events of Robotix 2013, visit: www.robotix.in For registrations: - Visit Kshitij website: http://www.ktj.in/ - Register on the website by clicking ‘register’ in the top right corner of the home page. Fill in all the details. The following window will appear. Click on ‘sign in’ in the top right corne... continue reading

Remote-Controlled Underwater Explorer

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Ever wanted to play Jacques Cousteau and explore the briny depths? Well you may not have a full crew and a sweet ship like the Calypso, but now you can survey the seven seas (or the lake near your house), with the HydroView from Aquabotix. And not even get wet. An easy-to-use underwater vehicle that you control with an iPad, smartphone or lap... continue reading

Climbing Robot Tank Can Corner Like a Gecko

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This is not the first sticky-treaded robotank, but it’s the first one that can manage to go around corners and make that tricky transition from horizontal to vertical. The somewhat unfortunately named “Tailless Timing Belt Climbing Platform” (or TBCP-11) comes from Simon Frasier University way up there in Canada. It weighs 240 grams, and has n... continue reading

Cyberdyne's HAL to assist clean Fukushima

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The latest version of HAL(Hybrid assistive Limb) is displayed at the Japan Robot Week exhibition in Tokyo. The body suit manufactured by Cyberdyne, which is the brainchild of Yoshiyuki Sankai, can be used by the workers at the Fukushima plant. The plant which witnessed one of the worst nuclear disasters, is being cleaned up by workers wearing of... continue reading

Brilliant Little Jumping Robot Only Needs One Motor

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Jumping offers a way for very small robots to get over very large obstacles using a minimal amount of energy. It’s tricky, though, because while the first jump might be pretty easy, subsequent jumps depend on the ability of the robot to right itself, aim, and go again. That’s essentially three separate subsystems, but since you’re only ever us... continue reading

Tiny Robot Makes Big Jumps with Explosive Microrockets

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We’ve seen all kinds of crazy jumping robots, from humanoids to grasshoppers to soft and flexible spheres. But when you start making small robots, like _seriously _small robots (on the millimeter scale), you have to find new ways to get them to jump, and the Army Research Laboratory has teamed up with the University of Maryland to develop a co... continue reading

iRobot Developing Inflatable Robot Arms, Inflatable Robots

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DARPA has just approved for public release a video of this awesome project: a fully controllable robot arm that can be inflated and deflated like a balloon. The AIRarm is lightweight, inexpensive, and stows compactly. It’s inflated and deflated with an on-board pump, and uses actuators and strings to move its joints without embedded motors. W... continue reading

Annual Kolkata Workshop

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It’s time once again for the awesome, fun-filled and now famous Annual Kolkata Workshop organised by Technology Robotix Society. Like every time, this year’s workshop, is shaping up to be quite the show. Painstakingly made presentations are used to give the crowd a full introduction to the fundamentals of autonomous robotics and image processing... continue reading

Autonomous Robots in the Fog of War

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Networks of autonomous robots will someday transform warfare,but significant hurdles remain. Two small planes fly low over a village,methodically scanning the streets below. Within minutes, they spot their target near the edge of town. With no way to navigate through the streets, they radio for help. Soon after, a metallic blue SUV begins mov... continue reading

Next Big Thing in Silicon Valley: Robotics?

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Silicon Valley is known for its software, semiconductor, and Internet companies. Can it become a high-tech nexus for robotics too? “Yes,” says Rich Mahoney, director of robotics at SRI International, in Menlo Park, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley. And to make sure that people know it, he and his colleagues at SRI, along with local robo... continue reading

Raspberry Pi and the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT

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We recently came across a really awesome project using the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and the Raspberry Pi: The PiBot Raspberry Pi NXT Robot. Flypig.co.uk has released pictures, some code, and a quick explanation of how they combined the Raspberry Pi and the NXT. The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer sold for about $25. It’s an amazing ... continue reading

Hector: A Robot Who Helps the Elderly

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Hector is a robot designed to assist elderly people who suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Developed as part of the CompanionAble project by researchers at the Smart Homes foundation in the Netherlands. Herjan van den Heuvel of Smart Homes writes: "The developed care robot acts as a coach and companion, and supports the user by means... continue reading

Kinect@Home Wants to Start 3D Scanning the World

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Back in January, Adept’s Erin Rapacki told that it’s time to start 3D scanning the world. But it’s not an easy thing to actually go and, you know, do. There are approximately 975 bajillion different objects out there in the world that robots need to know how to interact with, and the only way we’re going to learn about them all (short of Goog... continue reading

Thought-controlled quadcopter takes to the skies

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Physical remote controls might be nice when it comes to precision, but they’ve got nothing on mind-control when it comes to awesome. Using an EEG headset, a computer, and some serious thought-power, researchers have developed a quadrotor you can steer with your brain. Developed at Zhejiang University, the Flying Buddy 2 is controlled with a ser... continue reading

A Glimpse into K.R.A.I.G.

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The Kharagpur Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group, conveniently called KRAIG, is the technical wing of Technology Robotix Society, and is a slightly larger group of students who learn robotics throughout the year and work on projects. Having cleared the test that is held soon after the start of the academic session and some introductory... continue reading

Honda's robot lawn mower destines for European market

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Always on the forefront of robotics, Japanese brand Honda is launching a Roomba-like self-driving lawn mower dubbed Miimo, set to hit European markets in early 2013. Miimo comes in two models, the 300 and the 500 versions indicating the perimeter covered by the lawn mower, which stretches to 300m for one version and 500m for the other. Honda... continue reading

Freshers’ Robosoccer Challenge

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It’s that time of the year again for the newest members of IIT Kharagpur! Technology Robotix Society brings to them its first event of the academic calendar, the** Freshers’ Robosoccer Challenge**, from the 24th to the 26th of August. Teams are required to build and operate a manual robot to play one-on-one football in a knockout tournament. R... continue reading

Meet the World’s First Flying, Crash-Proof Robot

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Scientists at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in Lausanne, Switzerland, have been hard at work inventing the world’s first flying robot that can crash, pick itself up, and fly off again. “We build robots that are better adapted to the real world, not just the lab environment,” says Adam Klaptocz, a doctoral student working on the projec... continue reading

Car-Building Robots with Laser Eyes Can “See” Exactly Where to Place Parts for Custom-Like Fit

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Assembly line robots that are programmed to build cars by placing parts in exactly the same place every time are no longer tech cool. You know what is tech cool? Assembly line robots with laser eyes that can see where parts need to go, adjust themselves to even the slightest variations in positioning, and custom fit each placement. An army of ... continue reading

Introductory Freshers’ Workshop 2012

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As with every year, Technology Robotix Society arranged for a grand welcome to the new students of IIT Kharagpur through the introductory workshop held at Kalidas Auditorium on Wednesday, the 25thof July. And what a welcome it was! The auditorium, one of the largest in thecampus, was filled to overflowing with eager freshmen curious to know what... continue reading

Roboray Uses Bioengineering to Conquer the Deep

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Bioroboticists at the University of Virginia have built themselves a robotic cow-nosed ray. Why? Because they can. Also, because rays are great at what they do, and if we can copy all their tricks to make better underwater robots, we absolutely should. It’s no coincidence that all the coolest UAVs look just like rays. The form factor that was... continue reading

DASH Roachbot Learns Acrobatic Flips from Real Cockroach

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DASH, UC Berkeley’s 10-centimeter long, 16-gram Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod, has learned a new trick: the robot can now perform “rapid inversion” maneuvers, dashing up to a ledge and then swinging itself around to end up underneath the ledge and upside-down. This replicates behaviors in cockroaches and geckos, and may lead to a new gen... continue reading

How Robonaut's Compliant Arms Work

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Robonaut’s dexterous hands rely on tendon-driven fingers to grasp objects much like our own hands do. You probably noticed that the robot has a perfectly toned upper body with brawny biceps and six-pack abs. But if you’re working alongside this burly bot (hello ISS crew!), fear not: Robonaut has fully compliant arms and even a built-in emergen... continue reading

Custom Japanese Hobby Robot Somersaults with Servo Tentacles

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Straight from Japan comes this robot called “Metallic Vaio 2012,” which has a style of locomotion that we’ve never seen before. Instead of using arms or legs, it’s got a sort of combination of both: two long tentacles made out of chains of servos that it uses to crawl around and rapidly somersault from place to place. This robot was built (or... continue reading

This Robot Can Somehow Jump on Water

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The crazier parts of the scientific community have long declared anything that can walk on water to be possessed by black magic, lizards and bugs included. But black magic or no, roboticists at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China have managed to make it work on a robotic insect that, in addition to walking on water, can also_jump_. Mo... continue reading

Autonomous robot scans ship hulls for mines

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Algorithms enable robot to navigate and view propellers and other complex structures. For years, the U.S. Navy has employed human divers, equipped with sonar cameras, to search for underwater mines attached to ship hulls. The Navy has also trained dolphins and sea lions to search for bombs on and around vessels. While animals can cover a larg... continue reading

Workshop and Exhibition at Ranchi Science Centre

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Technology Robotix Society held a workshop-cum exhibition at the Ranchi Science Centre on 4th March, which was the first such event for Ranchi. In it, we were able to showcase the various domains that we are currently exploring in the field of robotics. The event was extensively publicised and covered by local newspapers, as well as mentioned in... continue reading

Robotic Staff in Chinese Restaurant

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They say robots will one day serve mankind - in which case you can consider this an entrée. For if you pay a visit to this restaurant, in downtown Harbin, China, you will find 18 robots - from a waitress to a cooker to an usher - ready to ensure your dining experience is perfect. The restaurant has 18 types of robots, each gliding out of the k... continue reading

A Robot with Conscience

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Spain has designed the world’s first robot with its own “conscience” and “life”, which will “entertain, teach and be a companion” to humans who purchase it. The AISoy 1 is the first social android developed by Spanish firm AISoy Robotics, which is now bringing its creation out of the laboratory. Diego Garcia, one of the “fathers” of the robot... continue reading

Magnetic bacteria create a Biological Hard Drive

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COMPUTER virus destroyed your hard drive? Don’t worry, some day bacteria might build you a bigger and better one. Hard drives store data on discs coated with a metallic film divided into tiny magnetic regions, each of which stores a single bit - the more regions you can squeeze on to a disc, the bigger the capacity. Now, a team at the Univers... continue reading

Robotix Workshop-BCET Durgapur

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There is nothing quite like helping someone to make their first robot, and observing their jubilation when it is pulled off without many glitches. Some of us had that experience at the hands-on workshop we organized at the Bengal College of Engineering and Technology, Durgapur, on the 7th and the 8th of April. Over that weekend, we oversaw the s... continue reading

Dream-A-Bot

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Technology Robotix Society, IIT Kharagpur, has always endeavoured to not just encourage students to actively pursue robotics as a hobby and beyond, but also empower them to do the same. That is why so many of our workshops inside and outside campus involve direct hands-on involvement and exposure to working with robots. Keeping this vision in mi... continue reading

Robot Rolls Like Hoop Snake

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A legendary hoop snake capable of gripping its own tail and rolling like a wheel has never proven more than a myth, but a new robot could mimic the supposed creature’s ability to both crawl and roll around. The self-rolling robot is the brainchild of Toby Baumgartner, a robotics engineer based in Columbus, Ohio. His segmented “Troller 1D” robot ... continue reading

Robotix Student Executives

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With a view to increasing and enriching the interaction with the participants for our annual fest ROBOTIX, last year, we introduced the post of Robotix Student Executive (RSE) for students of other colleges, to represent Team Robotix among their fellow college-goers. RSE’s are responsible for being our point of contact with the particular co... continue reading

ROBOTIX 2012- An Unforgettable Journey

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The 2012 edition of our annual technological fest, held during the extravaganza that is Kshitij, was a resounding success, with several hundreds of teams from across the country and beyond, turning up to tackle our challenging and innovative problem statements. As is our tradition, there were manual, autonomous and image processing events to t... continue reading

Realm of the Robots!

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[caption id=”attachment_194” align=”alignleft” width=”300” caption=”Indian Express”][/caption] In the run – up to the annual fiesta that is Robotix held at Kshitij, Technology Robotix Society has lined up a series of events, workshops and exhibitions at various locations in the country. With the team spreading out to all corners of India, vast... continue reading

Machines At Work

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The “Robotization” of Industrial Processes by Samarth Mahajan, Head, Technology Robotix Society, 2011-12 Robots have come a long way - from just manual puppets to entities with microCs coded to process input aspiring towards a brain , to attaining an allmost human like form a.k.a “humanoids”. As we have seen through the ages, dating right b... continue reading

Bangalore Workshop

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Being the first of its kind in Bangalore, this year an introductory workshop about the working of a Line Following robot was conducted at the M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology on the 8th of October. In addition the Robotix 2012 events were also publicized and the audience responded enthusiastically to this opportunity to display their Rob... continue reading

Romancing Python : Part 4

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About C++ : Almost everything said for Java also applies for C++, just more so: where Python code is typically 3-5 times shorter than equivalent Java code, it is often 5-10 times shorter than equivalent C++ code! Anecdotal evidence suggests that one Python programmer can finish in two months what two C++ programmers can’t complete in a year. Pyt... continue reading

Romancing Python : Part 3

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In this not very long post, lets see how Python, Javascript and Perl compare. Python’s “object-based” subset is roughly equivalent to JavaScript. Like JavaScript (and unlike Java), Python supports a programming style that uses simple functions and variables without engaging in class definitions. However, for JavaScript, that’s all there is. Pyt... continue reading

Romancing Python : Part 2

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In this and a series of following articles, we take you through brief comparisons between programming languages concentrate on language issues only so you can figure out which one is best for your use. In practice, the choice of a programming language is often dictated by other real-world constraints such as cost, availability, training, and pri... continue reading

Romancing Python : Part I

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Even though you are free to pick a language (and a third party NLP library written in the same) of your choice to attempt a solution to the online programming event, Echelon, at Robotix 2012, there are certain reasons we recommend Python (and Python - NLTK) to beginners. Let us have a look at the general picture. If you do much work on compute... continue reading

DIY : Attempting 'Echelon' in Java

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Though carrying out Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the Robotix 2012 event Echelon might seem a daunting task, the tools for such are readily available online. The programmer need only concern himself with the appropriate usage of these tools to achieve his ends. This article deals with doing so using Java. And if you’re one of those who i... continue reading

Freshers' RoboSoccer Challenge 2011 !

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[caption id=”attachment_122” align=”alignright” width=”300” caption=”The RoboSoccer Challenge”][/caption] The Freshers’ RoboSoccer Challenge conducted this year turned out to be a delight with participants being mighty enthusiastic about making and playing with their very first Robots! Though in principle these robots were merily differential... continue reading

Of Humanoids and How We Are Getting There

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Biomimicry is one of the most inspiring fields around which present day robotics researches revolve. It is our technology exchange with mother nature, who cranks out newer and newer designs that we have never even dreamt of and many that we haven’t been able to figure out yet. The reason being evident that it is one of the most energy efficien... continue reading

DIY : Using Lego Kits

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LEGOMindstorms ® NXT ® is a product offered by the world’s fourth largest manufacturer of toys, LEGO. It ships as a kit, which consists of the NXT or the CPU, various components such as axles, gears, and other fabricated plastic parts that make it very easy to assemble and modify your robot quickly. Creating good looking robots really easily see... continue reading

DIY : PID For Line Following

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At slower speeds, line following is pretty simple - if the sensors say it is going left, steer right and if going right, steer left. This process has its limitations though, mainly when the speed is increased. This is when a PID controller starts to shine. PID stands for** Proportional, Integral and Derivative**. A **PID **controller is a mat... continue reading

In Retrospect

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Let us look back at ROBOTIX 2011 from the point of view of a robotics aficionado with a fetish for out - of – the – box solutions to even the minimum of robot tasks. As we dug into our archives, we found a treasure trove of interesting robots that featured in this year’s edition of the fest. Without a lengthy preamble, lets head straight into t... continue reading

DIY : Working With Servos

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Most of us have used DC motors at one point or another. They follow pretty simple rules like speed is directly proportional to voltage and reversing terminals mean reversing the direction of motion. As we move forward from a simple differential drive our actuator requirements also change. This post is to familiarize beginners with servos- a typ... continue reading

DIY : Building a robotic arm

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“Jacob took that coke in his hand, the Herald919, what he named his other “arm”, made of tinker and junk mimicked the same. As he undid the wrapping, Herald broke the other one.” Take a look at your hand and now replace (mentally) every moving part of it with metal segments and joints and there you go! you have your very own robotic arm. Usuall... continue reading

R.A.F.T. : A Revisit

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RAFT was one of the most successful mechanical events in Robotix 2011. Receiving participation from robot lovers all over the country, this event was one of a kind. Based on a practical and industry derived problem statement, the simplicity yet the unique nature of the event received wide acceptance. First years from IIT Kharagpur also showed de... continue reading

NEGOTIATORS: Backwards, Codewise

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Negotiators the online coding event of Robotix 2011 was an original design which went on to be largely successful. The participant’s program was pitched against that of two others in order to negotiate a pattern on a grid with blocks. Trivia: Some participants submitted multiple entries hoping that their dummy entries would be pitted against th... continue reading

BALLISTA: Blast into the Past

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Ballista, an autonomous events of Robotix 2011 was a night event with a rotating light source. This event enjoyed its status as belonging to the action-adventure genre in terms of robots. The problem statement was derived from robot snipers on enemy territory . Robots were to detect walls and shoot at the light source from behind the walls. Ligh... continue reading

ROBOCOP: Back to the Future

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Robocop, the Image Processing (IP) category event of Robotix 2011 was the first of its kind ever. The robots were required to be the judges of colour coded character, marked to be good (green)and bad (red). It required intricate programming and some teams even used stereovision camera feeds. ** Trivia**: One of the participating ‘robocops’ was ... continue reading

FUGITIVES: Recapturing Moments

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Fugitives the autonomous event that looked simple but turned out to be the hardest nut to crack. Robotix 2011 saw some mind-boggling alorithms to corner the fixed fugitives which emitted infrared radiations. The problem statements were based on artificial intelligence used for guarding prisoners. _**Trivia:** Fugitives was initially titled ‘Ch... continue reading

PIRATE BAY: Digging Back In Time

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Pirate Bay was one of the eye-catching mechanical events of Robotix 2011. Introducing the one-of-its-kind concept of digging through rough terrain to extract hidden treasures , it was widely appreciated and a unique spectacle. It, like RAFT and the other events was based on a practical industry related problem statement. [youtube http://www.you... continue reading

DIY : Differential Drive

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In the first issue of the new session, we dedicate a special section to all the new entrants into the robotics bandwagon as we race into what will be another glorious year of robotic achievement. The starting point is fairly basic : Build a manual robot which moves forward, backward, left and right according to your instruction. So, here’s what ... continue reading

Introductory Robotix Workshop - The Journey Begins

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30th July saw throngs of curious first years fill up Kalidas Auditorium as Technology Robotix Society unveiled its action packed schedule for 2012, along with a showcase of the pathbreaking ventures into robotics at Kharagpur and around the world. With new frontiers opening up including aerial robotics, underwater robotics, machine learning etc.... continue reading

Do It Yourself : PID

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The simplest example to understand PID is a Line Follower, which we shall consider here. At slower speeds, line following is pretty simple - if the sensors say it is going left, steer right and if going right, steer left. This process has its limitations though, mainly when the speed is increased. This is when a PID controller starts to shin... continue reading

Do It Yourself : Robotic Arms

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Jacob took that coke in his hand, the Herald919, what he named his other “arm”, made of tinker and junk mimicked the same. As he undid the wrapping, Herald broke the other one.” Take a look at your hand and now replace (mentally) every moving part of it with metal segments and joints and there you go! you have your very own robotic arm. Usual... continue reading

Introductory Robotics Workshop – The Journey Begins

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30th July saw throngs of curious first years fill up Kalidas Auditorium as Technology Robotix Society unveiled its action packed schedule for 2012, along with a showcase of the pathbreaking ventures into robotics at Kharagpur and around the world. With new frontiers opening up including aerial robotics, underwater robotics, machine learning etc.... continue reading

(Do It Yourself) The Starting Line : Making a Differential Drive

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In the first issue of the new session, we dedicate a special section to all the new entrants into the robotics bandwagon as we race into what will be another glorious year of robotic achievement. The starting point is fairly basic : Build a manual robot which moves forward, backward, left and right according to your instruction. So, here’s what ... continue reading

Robotix 2011 : Reload

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The trademark of Technology Robotix Society has always been the promotion of robotics as a hobby, whilst also providing avenues for serious research in Automation, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence etc. Members of TRS work over the year to bring to you and other robotics enthusiasts all over India our annual fest ROBOTIX, that is at once... continue reading

NEGOTIATORS: Backwards, Codewise.

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Negotiators the online coding event of Robotix 2011 was an original design which went on to be largely successful. The participant’s program was pitched against that of two others in order to negotiate a pattern on a grid with blocks. Trivia: Some participants submitted multiple entries hoping that their dummy entries would be pitted against th... continue reading

FUGITIVES: Recapturing Moments

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Fugitives the autonomous event that looked simple but turned out to be the hardest nut to crack. Robotix 2011 saw some mind-boggling alorithms to corner the fixed fugitives which emitted infrared radiations. The problem statements were based on artificial intelligence used for guarding prisoners. Trivia: Fugitives was initially titled ‘Chicken ... continue reading

BALLISTA: Blast into the Past

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Ballista, an autonomous events of Robotix 2011 was a night event with a rotating light source. This event enjoyed its status as belonging to the action-adventure genre in terms of robots. The problem statement was derived from robot snipers on enemy territory . Robots were to detect walls and shoot at the light source from behind the walls. Lig... continue reading

ROBOCOP: Back to the Future

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Robocop, the Image Processing (IP) category event of Robotix 2011 was the first of its kind ever. The robots were required to be the judges of colour coded character, marked to be good (green)and bad (red). It required intricate programming and some teams even used stereovision camera feeds. Trivia: One of the participating ‘robocops’ was so ac... continue reading

R.A.F.T : A Revisit

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RAFT was one of the most successful mechanical events in Robotix 2011. Receiving participation from robot lovers all over the country, this event was one of a kind. Based on a practical and industry derived problem statement, the simplicity yet the unique nature of the event received wide acceptance. First years from IIT Kharagpur also showed de... continue reading

Pirate Bay : A Look Back

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Pirate Bay was one of the eye-catching mechanical events of Robotix 2011. Introducing the one-of-its-kind concept of digging through rough terrain to extract hidden treasures , it was widely appreciated and a unique spectacle. It, like RAFT and the other events was based on a practical industry related problem statement. Trivia: Pirate Bay was ... continue reading

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