Robot Makes Hole-In-One

LDRIC, a robot named after Tiger Woods’ birth name (“Eldrick,” phonetically), knocked in a hole-in-one on the 16th hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona on Wednesday. LDRIC, short for Launch Directional Robot Intelligent Circuitry, was created by pro golfer Gary McCord and Golf Laboratories, a company that builds robots to test…

Salamander Robot

Roboticist Auke Ijspeert designs biorobots, machines modeled after real animals that are capable of handling complex terrain and would appear at home in the pages of a sci-fi novel. The process of creating these robots leads to better automata that can be used for fieldwork, service, and search and rescue. But these robots don’t just…

B&N Mini Maker Faire – Nov 6-8, 2015

Barnes and Noble invites tech enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science club members, authors, artists, students, entrepreneurs, crafters, or makers of any kind  to join their first-ever Mini Maker Faire from November 6 to 8.  We confirmed that the Huntersville-Birkdale location will be participating in the fun.  Check out the local schedule covering Make Workspace,…

The future of flying robots

Here’s a really fascinating Ted Talk about the future of flying robots. At his lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar and his team have created autonomous aerial robots inspired by honeybees. Their latest breakthrough: Precision Farming, in which swarms of robots map, reconstruct and analyze every plant and piece of fruit in an orchard,…

NASA Awards Venture Class Launch Services Contracts for CubeSat Satellites

NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) has awarded multiple Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) contracts to provide small satellites (SmallSats) — also called CubeSats, microsats or nanosatellites — access to low-Earth orbit. The three companies selected to provide these new commercial launch capabilities, and the value of their firm fixed-price contracts, are: Firefly Space Systems Inc.…