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Arduino Art

This past Saturday, IEEE Spectrum visited NYC Resistor’s “Art, Design, and the Arduino Microcontroller: a lineage” gallery party. Curated by Alicia Gibb, the show was a loving tribute. The collection ranged from early Arduino prototypes to modern projects made with the microcontroller. Highlights included toy cars hacked to paint like Jackson Pollack, a coffee table that cleans itself, and LED jackets that lit up as you moved.  

USC Little Dog Robot

As part of the DARPA Learning Locomotion program, Dr. Stefan Schaal at the University of Southern California’s Computational Learning and Motor Control Lab is investigating legged locomotion with the quadruped robot Little Dog developed by Boston Dynamics.  

Robotics Soft-Tissue Injury Study

Video part of the report “Soft-Tissue Injury in Robotics,” by Sami Haddadin, Alin Albu-Schaffer, and Gerd Hirzinger at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR – German Aerospace Center, Wessling, Germany.  

Human-Robot Collision Study

Video part of the “DLR Crash Report: Towards a Standard Crash-Testing Protocol for Robot Safety,” by Sami Haddadin, Alin Albu-Schaffer, Mirko Frommberger, Jurgen Rossmann, and Gerd Hirzinger at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR – German Aerospace Center, Wessling, Germany, and Institute of Man-Machine-Interaction, Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH), Aachen, Germany.  

Willow Garage Shows Off PR2 Robot

Press conference held by Willow Garage, a robotics firm in Menlo Park, Calif., to discuss its PR2 Beta Program, in which 11 institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Japan will receive PR2 robots to develop new applications. The event, which took place 26 May 2010, was recorded via Texai telepresence robot created by Willow Garage.  

Little Soccer Robots Dribble, Kick, Score

The Darmstadt Dribblers have some of the most impressive humanoid robots in the RoboCup competition. For the second year in a row, the team from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, became the champions in the kid-size humanoid league.  

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