Boston Dynamics #1: Bigdog

If you like robots and or even if you read the news almost everyday, you have probably heard of Boston Dynamics.

Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics design company. It is located in Waltham, in the Massachusetts in the USA. They are most famous for the making of Bigdog, a quadruped robot designed for the U.S. military. Bigdog is a robot that looks like a dog. It was supposed to serve as a robotic pack mule to accompany soldiers in terrains where vehicles could not go, but he was not able to serve for these purposes as he was judged too loud and the project was shelved. It was designed to carry 150 kg (340 pounds) alongside a soldier at a speed of 6.4 km/h (4 mp/h) on terrains at inclines up to 35 degrees. BigdogThis is a picture of Bigdog walking in the snow. Source: http://www.itespresso.de/2013/12/16/google-kauft-roboterhersteller-boston-dynamics/

Bigdog is even more incredible as it does not fall even if you kick him with your feet or if he glides on ice. Here is the proof with a link to the video. The moment at which someone kicks the robot is around 30 seconds and the moment where he slips is  around 1m20s.

In the video you can also see Bigdog jumping over an obstacle (around 3 min) so that means he can also jump over a hole or another obstacle if needed but for that he needs to be running and he makes even more noise.

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Battlebots

Robots are becoming more and more performant everyday. Maybe you love them and think they are really useful to help/replace us for some tasks. But maybe you think they are dangerous and you are scared of them. Anyways, the scenes we see in the movie Big Hero 6 do exist in real life.

The competition is called Battlebots and is a tournament where robots are fighting against each other. To win, you must either destroy the enemy robots or turn it around so that it cannot be used anymore. You can also win by judges decision if time is up, but that rarely happens because you can also push the enemy robot into one of the traps that are built on the ring.

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Image from: gettyimages.com.au

If you want to check out some of the amazing fights from the Battlebots I invite you to click here . 

And if you want to check out their website, here is the link. You can subscribe or get more info about the competition on the website.

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3D Food Printers

As time goes on, technology advances and, with them, 3D printers.

 

Probably everyone has already heard of 3D printers. But maybe not everyone knows about food 3D printers. These printers can actually print things like icing on a cake, pizzas, cupcakes, etc. Although they are now only available for industries or shows, they will soon be available to anyone. They work almost the exact same way than a normal 3D printer, but the materials are different. Just choose the material you want the printer to print with (icing, pizza dough…) and insert it in the container of the printer. Then design what you want the printer to print on a computer and transfer it to the printer. Now, just wait for the final result to come out. Amazing isn’t it?Foodini-food-3D-printer-Kickstarter-Cool-Mom-Picks

Foodini, an example of a 3D food printer in developpement. Visit the website at https://www.naturalmachines.com/.

Some of them, like foodini, will be available in less than one year to public. You insert the food in one of the capsules, you print your design, you cook the food if necessary and you enjoy! No more cooking where you have to wash all the plates, pans, etc. Additionally, you can do something else while the printer does the work for you. You can give your food any kind of design, from a dinosaur to a birthday cake. But that does not mean that you cannot cook anymore. Cooking is a hobby for a lot of people in the world and I think homemade food tastes better than printed food. But when you come back from work and you need to make dinner fast, the 3D food printer is a good solution.

So, are you for or against 3D food printers? Will you buy it when it comes out? Comment so we know! And feel free to like the post ;). It’s just one click for you but it helps us a lot.

Arduino #2

Welcome back to this series of Arduino tutorials! In this lesson, we will go over the bases of the Arduino software  and I will help you familiarise with Arduino programmation.

 

How does the Arduino software work?

First of all, you will need to open the Arduino software without plugging in your Arduino board. This is what is going to show up:

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The code that shows up is the base of the base of Arduino programmation. Every single program made with Arduino will include these two lines of code. As the software already tells you using the // characters, (using the // characters in an Arduino program means that the program will not think of it as a bit of code, so you can use it to organise your code when making complicated programs) the void setup code is where you will put the code you only want to be ran once and the void loop code is where you will put the code you want to be ran an infinite amount of times. Continue reading “Arduino #2”

Arduino #1

What is Arduino?

You like robots and would like to learn how to make one? Then this post is made for you. This is the first post of a series of posts concerning Arduino language in which I will teach you how to program an Arduino board.

This is what an Arduino board looks like:

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What do you need to start programming with Arduino?

If you are someone that is super interested by anything that has to do with technology, then you are in the right place! But you will still need some materials before starting learning Arduino. This represents a small investment (around 50 euros) but you will not regret it if it becomes a hobby! I am gonna give you a list of the materials you will need:

  • An Arduino board (I will personally use the Arduino UNO R3/Revision3 so I recommend it to you)
  • A breadboard (There are different breadboard sizes so I recommend you to buy a 400 pcs one)
  • Some jumpers (There are 3 different entries and exitsmale/male, male/female, female/female so try and get a bit of al of them. The cost should not be much higher than 10 euros)
  • Electronics components(These include LED, resistances, etc. Don’t worry I will come back on those later on.)

I recommend you to buy a “beginner kit” which includes all the above, they will cost less money to you and they are more complete. Just make sure they include everything I mentioned.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment and if this was useful to you please like.

What is robotics?

As you all probably know, robots have experienced a great advance during the last few decades. They are becoming more and more present in our lives. But what is robotics exactly?

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Robotics is actually a word that is used to describe a branch of engineering that has to do with the manufacture, design, conception and operation of robots. It is basically everything that has to do with robots. A robot is a machine able to carry out a list of tasks automatically, almost always programmable by a computer. Now let’s talk coding: what languages are used to program robots and which ones are the best?

This is a question people often ask when the begin programming robots and the problem is that the answer is not simple. Depending on the person you ask this question, the answer will be different. This is why I will give you a list of the 10 most popular languages used in robotics.

  1. C/C++
  2. Python
  3. Java
  4. C#/.NET
  5. MATLAB
  6. Assembly
  7. HDLs
  8. LISP
  9. BASIC/Pascal
  10. Industrial Robot Languages

This is just a brief overview of the most famous languages so if you want to know more about one of the languages follow our blog and leave a comment to tell me which one you would like me to talk about. Personally, I will start teaching you Arduino, a language which uses C/C++.

What will I teach you in future blog posts about Arduino?

In future blog posts, I will teach you the basics of Arduino and then we will start going further in the language and make small programs using an Arduino board and the Arduino free software, so if you want to learn more about Arduino, stay tuned and follow us. Feel free to comment and like the post if you liked it!