Back From SabBOTical

That's right. Two months is a year in robot time.
November 13th, 2009 - Alexis

A pardon we beg from all of our bot-tastic readers and Twitter-followers for such a prolonged absence! Our two week adventure turned into four times that, packed full of traveling, family and investigations into prospective opportunities for future Bots 4 Tots development. To be certain, though, our minds were never far from the world of robotics! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Future is Here. It’s BMI.

I have to wonder: Could B.M.I. be T.M.I.?
August 26th, 2009 - Alexis

Asimo’s at it again! This wily robot is on the cutting edge of B.M.I., short for Brain Machine Interface., and can be seen above doing a jolly little jig after the successful interfpretation of a man’s thoughts into action. Yes, that’s right, folks! Great strides have been taken in the interdisciplinary study of human thought and robotic commands, because this year the Honda Research Institute, in coordination with Advanced Telecommunications Research (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation, have announced an overwhelming 90% accuracy rate in their application of Brain Machine Interface, the most successful in all the world and quite impressive by itself. But get this: the accuracy rate stated above has been acheived using subjects who have not undergone special training! Wowee! Read the rest of this entry »

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Robots to Star in Opera

Fans worldwide wonder if it will be sung entirely in C#.
August 24th, 2009 - Alexis

“Death and the Powers” is the first Robotic Opera ever produced, and is currently in development as a collaborative project by the MIT Media Lab and the American Repertory Theater. It is scheduled to open Fall of next year (2010), premiering internationally at locations including the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Massachusetts as well as the Chicago Opera Theater. Read on! You really want to hear the rest of this, it’s good!

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Ultimate Kitchen Gadget

Robotic arms whip up ramen, make #1 (&2) on wishlist.
August 18th, 2009 - Alexis

Have a craving for some authentic Japanese noodle soup? Then call up the makers of these babies, and have a pair installed in your home today! No, seriously. And then invite Don and I over for dinner. Tonight works for us.

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G. iRobot

iRobot receives funding for bomb-defusing bot
August 11th, 2009 - Alexis

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) of the United States of America (those who develop, deliver and maintain the systems and sea crafts for the United States Navy) have awarded a whopping 13.5 million dollar contract to those hard-working innovators over at iRobot! That’s a lot of capacitors!

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Senate views latest in Cyber-Physical Systems.
August 5th, 2009 - Alexis

Last month, the National Science Foundation hosted a luncheon at the Hart Senate Office building in Washington, D.C., in order to familiarize U.S. Senate members with the most recent advances being made in the field of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS, for short). This meeting stressed the importance of the research being done, and illustrated the importance of CPS in such varied applications as surgery, clinical trials, and traffic control as well as many other such useful or life-saving scenarios. Read the rest of this entry »

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Robotics Summer Camp

Robot Extravaganza... way better than lanyards.
July 24th, 2009 - Alexis

The San Jacinto College of Pasadena, TX, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, is hosting a series of week-long summer camps called Robot Extravaganza. In these camps, eight and ninth graders are participating in problem solving, field trips and projects that focus on the fascinating world of robotics! This is Robot Extravagnaza’s second year, and this year they are offering three levels of difficulty in their courses. We applaud the teachers, students and parents involved in the planning and participation of this camp! The Bots4Tots teams sends a resounding “holla at ‘cha”!  Read the rest of this entry »

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2009 Robot Hall of Famers

Roomba and Others Achieve Robot Greatness
July 21st, 2009 - Alexis

As mentioned in our last blog post, the Robot Hall of Fame has found a new home at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA. On behalf of the Robot Hall of Fame, we proudly announce this year’s inductees.

  • NASA Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity
  • iRobot Roomba (WOOT!!!! You go, Meticulor!)
  • DaVinci Medical Robot System
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie, from the 1971 film “Silent Running”
  • T-800 Terminator, from the 1984 film “The Terminator”


Congratulations Class of 2010! Read on for more information about the Robot Hall of Fame! Read the rest of this entry »

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Roboburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA is home to the Robot Hall of Fame, and many more robotics attractions besides!
July 15th, 2009 - Alexis

2009 has proven to be a very exciting year for robots everywhere. The Carnegie Mellon’s Robot Hall of Fame announces that it will have a permanent residence at the Robo World exhibit! Roboworld is the world’s largest permanent robotics exhibition, and is located in the historic Carnegie Science Center, one of four museums founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Quicker Picker

B4T's salute to industrial robots!
July 12th, 2009 - Alexis

We rarely say anything about industrial robots here at Bots 4 Tots. It’s a shame, really; industrial robots are an oft-overlooked facet of the world of robotics as it exists today, one that needs recognition now more than ever. Think of a robot, a real life robot such Asimo, and recognize that it’s robotic-great-grandparents were probably employed on an assembly line. Take a walk with us, if you will, through the fascinating Arcadia of industrial robotics! Read the rest of this entry »

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