Augmented Reality Robots Take Flight

The AR Drone is one of the first consumer products to combine robotics with augmented reality. The quad-rotor vehicle carries two cameras and can stream video to an iPhone via Wi-Fi. On the phone, the live video is overlaid with flight controls and additional graphics for a variety of games.  

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.  

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.  

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