Random Robot Roundup

Posted 13 Jan 2013 at 23:11 UTC by steve Share This

Are you using the open hardware Raspberry Pi for your robot? If so, or even if you don't have a Pi yet, you may want to check out MAKE's First International Raspberry Pi Meetup. It's on Thursday, 17 Jan in cities all over the world. Check for the location nearest you. Bring a Raspberry Pi project along to show off if you have one. I'll be at the Dallas, TX meetup. LEGO's MINDSTORMS may not be open hardware yet but the new MINDSTORMS EV3 platform is moving in the right direction, dumping proprietary software for standard GNU/Linux (lots of other new features too). Arduino is open hardware all the way and they've got a new toy too, the Arduino Esplora, an Arduino-based input or control device. The Esplora might come in handy for roboticists. The Swirling Brain sent some news our way on robotic clothing, a dress with spider like appendages that use sensors to react to the environment, and a dress that shifts from opaque to transparent depending the arousal level of the wearer (NSFW). He also spotted a cyborg music project in which sensors alter the music based on the performer's facial expressions. If robots that make love and music aren't your thing, maybe you'll prefer a story about Army researchers training mobile robots to navigate by voice command. Know any other robot news, gossip, or amazing facts we should report? Send 'em our way please. Don't forget to follow us on twitter and Facebook. And now you can add us to your Google+ circles too.

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