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          Husarion CORE2: advanced robot development made simple

          Polish company Husarion launched CORE2 — its second generation robot hardware controller for rapid prototyping and development. CORE2 is compatible with ROS, relies on an RTOS-based open-source software framework, and can be programmed with free tools either via cloud or offline. The controller is also compatible with other building platforms such as LEGO Mindstorms or Makeblock via optional modules.

          CORE2 and CORE2-ROS boards side by side

          CORE2 and CORE2-ROS boards side by side | Image credit: Husarion

          CORE2 was showcased earlier this year at the Hannover Messe trade fair, and just like previous generation it is part of Husarion’s robotic development platform which is focused on making robot building more accessible for everyone.

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          Niryo One: an accessible robot for makers, developers and students

          by Edouard Renard

          Niryo One is an accessible 6 axis robotic arm, currently available on Kickstarter. The robot, made out of 3D printed parts, is powered by an Arduino Mega board and a Raspberry Pi 3 board. The software part includes a firmware on the Arduino board, and ROS (Robot Operating System) on the Raspberry Pi board.

          Niryo’s goal is to allow everyone to learn robotics, and reproduce industrial use cases at home and at school.

          Niryo One robotic arm

          Niryo One robotic arm


          Industrial robots are too expensive and hard to use. They do amazing things and allow great technological progress, but they are not accessible at all.

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          Root is a robot which makes coding easier for everyone

          In a not so distant future our kids will be able to express their ideas through some form of coding without much difficulty. This will be possible thanks to projects like Root, a robot which can help anyone learn how to code regardless of age and background. Simply pair it with an iPad and start your programming journey. The robot is packed with sensors and can even drive on whiteboards.

          Root robot drawing a fractal

          Root robot drawing a fractal | Image credit: Scansorial

          The project was born at the Wyss Institute, a technology incubator at Harvard University, and brought to life by a highly skilled team whose members have many well-known consumer products and services under their belt. They have rich experience in creating coding robots such as the iRobot Create, Multiplo, AERobot or Kilobot. Earlier this year they founded Scansorial, a public benefit corporation headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a mission to make programming more accessible for everyone.

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          SBrick Plus lets you program and control any LEGO creation from your smartphone

          SBrick is slowly but steadily turning into a fully fledged development platform, complementing and enhancing existing LEGO building systems. With?SBrick Plus?you can remotely control your?Power Functions motors from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, add interactivity with?WeDo 1.0 sensors, and use?Scratch, Swift or JavaScript for programming your LEGO creations using?almost any OS or device. It is an ideal candidate for STEM education, featuring extensive online resources and support.

          SBrick LEGO controller

          The original SBrick

          SBrick Plus, just like its predecessor, was created by Vengit, a startup founded by a team of systems engineers and cloud solutions?developers?with vast experience in their respective fields. Without their enthusiasm and passion for LEGO such products would not be possible.

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          ESLOV IoT toolkit lets you create connected devices easier than ever

          Working with Arduino is fun and rewarding but can be a handful for inexperienced users. The ESLOV IoT Invention kit is a new plug-and-play fully modular platform that wants to change this. It focuses on providing novices an fast and intuitive method of creating Internet of Things devices, while retaining full compatibility with the existing Arduino/Genuino ecosystem.

          ESLOV IoT Invention Kit

          ESLOV IoT Invention Kit | Image credit: Arduino

          Naming the platform after Esl?v, a small town in Sweden, was not at random. Development took place for the most part in Malm?, Sweden as part of a 3-year program called PELARS (Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research and Support) funded by the European Union. Such initiatives of exploring new methods of learning are essential nowadays, and this comes to emphasize Arduino’s commitment towards STEM education.

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          DJI Mavic Pro foldable drone is incredibly smart, compact and easy to use

          DJI unveiled today their much anticipated Mavic Pro camera drone, which offers the company’s uncompromized imaging capabilities in a very compact foldable package that doesn’t even require a dedicated backpack. It may be small but the specs are quite impressive since the Mavic Pro trumps out even the Phantom 4 in certain aspects such as flight time, processing power, autonomous flight and obstacle avoidance capabilities, as well as communication range.

          DJI Mavic Pro foldable camera drone

          Mavic Pro drone | Image credit: DJI

          Judging by its size, ease of operation and price tag the Mavic Pro can be considered as an upper entry level drone, addressing the needs of first time fliers or active sports persons who want to shoot without too much hassle. However its feature set, versatility and high quality results can be very appealing to more experienced and even professional users.

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          You can now access Smashing Robotics over HTTPS

          Smashing Robotics over HTTPS

          There’s no doubt that the Internet is becoming a safer and more secure environment as we speak. It goes without saying that something like this would not be possible without a collective effort from all of us – from regulatory institutions to content creators and, maybe the most important, you the user who are the main beneficiary of all these efforts and achievements.

          However we can still see headlines reporting on security breaches experienced even by major websites, hence it is pretty clear that nowadays securing your online presence should no longer be optional, but rather a core pillar in everyone’s strategy. We can all do our part in making the Internet better, therefore I as a publisher need to do my part.

          You can now access Smashing Robotics over a secure HTTPS connection. This basically means that you know for sure that you are reaching the genuine website because the identity is verified, and all exchanged data is encrypted ensuring even safer browsing without potentially compromised information.

          Hopefully you like the new and improved Smashing Robotics experience!

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