Latest Electronic Gadget News: Robots

From Mindstorms to Intel Edison for low-cost Braille printer

This one is worthy of attention for a whole host of reasons. Not only is a young Gadget Master successfully punching well-above his weight, his original development of Lego’s Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit is now being used to provide a low-cost Braille printer. The BBC has reported…

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Autonomous robot responds to colour recognition

I’ve meant to flag this one for a while: a colour detecting robot based on NI hardware. To be precise, it’s an autonomous four-wheel robot that can do colour recognition in real-time, using the myRio system and LabVIEW’s Vision toolkit…

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LabVIEW gets to grips with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robots

Mindstorms isn’t a stranger to long-time Gadget Master readers – we have covered it a number of times, see for example Whipping up a (programmable Lego) Mindstorm. Well, National Instruments has announced that its powerful design software, LabVIEW, is now fully compatible with LEGO Mindstorms EV3. The LabVIEW Module…

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Cubestormer 3 robot breaks Rubik’s Cube world speed record

A robot designed by an engineer from ARM has broken the world speed record for solving a Rubik’s Cube at the Big Bang Fair at the weekend, writes Steve Bush. The Cubestormer 3 robot recorded a time of 3.253 seconds at the UK science fair in Birmingham. It…

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Perfect rock-paper-scissors robot signals future automation

Check out this Japanese research involving the perfect rock-paper-scissors robot. Its creators call it a “janken” and demonstrate a 100% winning rate, as just one example of “human-machine cooperation systems”. Of course, impressive as the work is, it is actually cheating – reading the opponents play and then…

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