Created by MIT’s robotics professor Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, JIBO is a highly interactive social robot designed to help and assist all members of your family in their activities, thanks to its broad range of features or skills. Unlike today’s smart assistant systems and devices JIBO has a personality, it aims to act and feel almost like it were a member of the family rather than just another device lying around the house. Dr. Breazeal, a pioneer in the social robotics field, hopes that JIBO will have a major impact on how people perceive new technologies and their benefits.
JIBO Family Robot | Photo: JIBO
It seems that part of the job is already done, started in July this year, with a goal of US$100,000, the crowdfunding campaign for JIBO ended this week raising almost US$2.3 million from over 5500 supporters, and went straight into the top 5 most funded campaigns on Indiegogo.
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Wyliodrin is a web-based service that offers a visual IDE for your development boards. It is accessible directly from any browser and is compatible with Raspberry Pi, ZedBoard and recently the 2nd generation Intel Galileo platforms, with only minimal configuration requirements for your board. Wyliodrin is well suited for beginners, who can start creating their programs right away by using a language simply called Visual Programming, fairly similar to the better known Scratch. Advanced users can choose from over 10 languages to program their applications, and can also open consoles with their device’s shell directly from the web browser.
Setting up your board with Wyliodrin is pretty simple and straightforward, a board specific image and a configuration file need to be downloaded and transferred to a SD card. Insert the card into your Raspi or Galileo, power the board up and make sure the internet connection is working. Next up log into you Wyliodrin account to get the board registered and that is it, no additional steps are required, you can start working on your project.
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A couple of days ago a crowdfunding campaign began for a new development platform called WeIO. Taglined as the “Platform for Web of Things” WeIO aims at dramatically simplifying the process of developing new devices, in terms of both hardware integration and software programming. In fact, according to WeIO’s creators — a team of engineers and designers from France and Lithuania — making physical objects with this new board should become as easy as developing a website.
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Chinese company Makeblock, better known in DIY communities for their vast offering of mechanical parts, electronics modules and all kinds of hardware for robotics projects, have released a do-it-yourself 3D printer kit. Makeblock say they were inspired by the demands of the RepRap open source community, creating a product which is not only completely open source, but also capable of delivering high precision, quality 3D printed parts. This DIY 3D printer can be driven with any Arduino Mega 2560 compatible microcontroller, and most free 3D printing software suites can be employed for spooling the models to be printed.
Makeblock Constructor I DIY 3D Printer | Photo: Makeblock
The 3D printer kit is available for sale at a price of US$ 700, equivalent to about 540 Euro without taxes, and the company expects to start shipping in less than a month, proposing a deadline of October, 10th this year.
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We are proud to announce that Smashing Robotics has been featured on EEWeb, the Electrical Engineering Community website. This is a massive community featuring a great amount of resources for hardware designers, electronics enthusiasts and hobbyists alike. Here you can find electrical engineering projects, in-depth analyses, studies and tutorials, as well as latest news on technology advances in the field. An array of useful engineering tools is also available, such as various inductance, impedance or current calculators, power requirements calculator, equivalence tables and even math help documents. There is even a hugely entertaining comics feed!
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Galileo is a microcontroller board featuring the first implementation of Intel’s Quark architecture, which is basically a 32-bit x86 Pentium class system-on-a-chip (SoC). The board is designed as an actual Arduino product, therefore it is fully compatible in terms of both hardware and software with the Arduino ecosystem. More than that, Galileo is the first Arduino board with a standard PC interface, a PCI Express 2.0 slot for expansion modules. Intel Galileo is aimed as an alternative to ARM based embedded products like the Raspberry Pi or the BeagleBone Black single board computers (SBC). In the following we will take a look at the board’s specs and discuss some of its key aspects.
Intel Galileo top view | Photo: Arduino.cc
The Intel Galileo is an Arduino certified board, powered by an Intel Quark SoC X1000 single core CPU with 256 MB of DDR3 RAM. Being build to specifications the board is fully compatible with Arduino Uno R3 shields. Programming the board is made in the same way and using the exactly the same tools as in the case of a standard Arduino board. Galileo is fully compatible with the Arduino IDE, while software files and schematics are available for download with no restrictions. The board is a perfect gap filler between the maker culture and traditional business models, offering quality and reliability in an open source package. Perhaps we will see more efforts like this in the future, as more large companies will submit into the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm.
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AIsoy1 is a programmable emotional pet robot kit which can learn based on interactions, recognize faces, make decisions and talk with people completely autonomously. Now at its third generation, the fully open source AISoy1 is driven by a Raspberry Pi running Linux, and constitutes a very affordable yet powerful development platform for social robotics applications, which is well connected and allows for easy integration into the ROS ecosystem.
AIsoy1 emotional programmable robot with Raspberry Pi | Photo: AIsoy
The AIsoy1 robot was created by Spanish company AISoy Robotics and is available in several types of kits. It comes either fully assembled, and with all software pre-installed so users can start interacting with it right out of the box, or in DIY form, where it can be assembled and customized from the very beginning. The AISoy1 robotic kit is delivered with the Raspjet — a jetpack module holding the Raspberry Pi, cables, power pack, SD memory card with required software and WiFi dongle.
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