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Robots: Providing Services and Your Amazon Parcels

Article title is as good as I can get for this, as it’ll be covered in this article. Amazon are pushing the boat for delivery technologies once again, but they’re not the only company in the world who looks to make delivering your goods and services in a convenient way. However, Amazon recently have been working on some little robots called ‘Scout’, which are currently undergoing an experimental delivery service in the Washington State area. Are robots the future for delivery, or is this doomed to fail? Let’s check out Amazon’s newest venture, but also existing delivery ventures via technology.

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – January 13th: ROBOT REVENGE Gallery

We got to the Old Market Tavern after a delicious Italian meal at 2pm. We were dined and now we were hiding from the apocalypse that is the Robot Revolution, standing against all of humanity. Fortunately, we invited some of the brightest geeks across the South-West and beyond to come and help us out with defending Bristol against said robots – They built the robots for us and we were well defended indeed. So what happened at this months meetup? Read on to find out more.

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VMWare Presents: Robot Wars

Robot Wars is great fun and anyone who has seen the chaotic carnage caused by the roboteers will know only too well, that the pits are coming back to our televisions soon. Join our contributor, Murray, who saw a live event of Robot Wars recently and shares his experiences of being up and close to robot legends.

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Kickstarter Highlight – Lil’Bot, the little robot that could

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Have you ever wanted a little robot companion?

Did you ever want a little robot that could..?

Have you ever just been interested in robotics but with no educational way into it, found it quite tricky?

Then look no further, it’s clearly time for another Kickstarter Highlight!

Lil’Bot, the little robot that could

Click here for the kickstarter campaign

These are the emotions that this little bot displays! How cute!

First of all, let me stop to say this is just adorable. This is simple a balancing robot, which isn’t unheard of, but it’s been designed in a way that children can get into the logic and programming aspects of robotics… And believe you me, it’s an awesome skill for a kid to learn.

With Arduino and Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey and much more out there, it’s getting to be a competitive market for these fun learning aids. However, there is certainly room for a balancing robot to join the giants.

How cute these balancing robots are these days… and what a lot of features it has!

With a programming interface that is made up of visual blocks for coding in, children and non-programmers who are just looking to dabble will get a first hand experience of programming their own Lil’Bot.

Just take heed: This little baby takes either 7 or 8 (Undecided) AA batteries, so you’ll need to make sure you’ve got sufficient battery power!

How much is needed?

But, let’s be serious for a second then, what does the creator of the Lil’Bot want for his time?

He simply is asking for $15,000, of which $9,194 has already been pledged towards this project, with 29 days to go as of the time of writing this post.

$15,000 is quite a low ask for a Kickstarter campaign and because of the type of project this is, along with the credibility of the creator, this is looking to be a successful project regardless.

 

What’s the rewards?

That warm fuzzy feeling. But in seriousness, here are the rewards on offer.

 

  • Pledge $1 or more

    Thank you! I appreciate your interest. You will be posted on projects updates. You can also help by spreading the news about Lil’Bot through your favorite social media.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
  • Pledge $25 or more

    An “official” Lil’Bot shirt. You will have a chance to specify a child size (XS/S/M/L/XL) or adult size (S/M/L/XL/XXL) before delivery.

    Estimated delivery: Jul 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $30 or more

    A kit for Lil’Bot’s emoShield, the Arduino-compatible shield that lets your robot express its emotions. This shield can also be used with Arduino Uno and similar boards for your robot-psychology experiments. This requires soldering a number of SMD and through-hole components. For intermediate to advanced hobbyists.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $40 or more

    Lil’Bot’s emoShield, the Arduino-compatible shield that lets your robot express its emotions. This shield can also be used with any Arduino Uno and similar boards for your robot-psychology experiments.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $40 or more

    A bare Lil’Bot printed circuit board. This requires soldering of two QFN chips and many SMD and through-hole components. The board can be used to build a Lil’Bot or other kinds of robots, balancing or not. For the seasoned hardware hacker only.

    Estimated delivery: Jul 2014
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

These are some fun rewards for someone who’s interested. If you’re interested in just finding out more about the project as it is worked on, simply donate whatever you want and choose the $1 tier reward.

What do you think about a balancing robot as an educational aid for children? I think it’s awesome, as a child I always wanted little robots. Since then, I’ve played with many crazy robots that have done some funny things. Sometimes, though – It’s nice to take a step back, remember your childhood and enjoy that learning experience all over again.


Kickstarter Highlight – The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer

I will be honest. I had a hard week finding projects to back, however, it is an hour later than intended, but here is a Kickstarter Highlight for this week… And yes, it is an impressive one you should seriously check out.

 

In this day and age, we are seeing computers get smaller and smaller. Just have a look in your pocket or on your desk, near you. You may have a smart phone. You may have a tablet. You may have a laptop.

But there’s one thing you do not have. That’s a pocket printer. Yes, you heard me right, a pocket printer.

Intrigued? You’d better be, as this is a great Kickstarter campaign.

Mini Mobile Robotic Printer

Check out this printer on Kickstarter!

I think that’s adorable.

This is a rather “simple” concept, which can help save a lot of space and in fact, probably a lot of problems we face in the world now. Sure, we can walk around with our mobiles and show everyone things from said devices. Sometimes, it makes more sense to have a printed copy of a document in front of you. So, how about having a little printer that you can take with you?

That tiny little device would walk around a page and print a document. If that doesn’t impress you, I don’t know what does. You place the printer at the top left hand corner of your document and let it walk about from left to right on your document as it’ll print out your document. It can handle 1 full hours worth of use and 1,000 pages. Quite impressive!

How much do they need

$400,000 and at the time of writing this article they have raised $382,339. A substantial amount of money! So on the last home stretch, I had to write an article about this amazing bit of kit.

The funds will go entirely towards actually making this kit a reality.

 

Rewards

If you want to help, here are the tiers:

  • Pledge $5 or more

    THANK YOU! It means a lot to us that you believe in us and in our product! We will make sure to write your name on our website, on the special donors page. We will also keep updating you with our progress and any future offers.

  • Pledge $35 or more

    One of our cool T-shirts! Choose one of the two cool T-shirts we designed specially for the Kickstarter campaign! A black shirt with a print of a “see through” printer or a dark red shirt with our tagline “It’s the little things that matter” printed on the front. Both shirts will have our logo at the back on the top. (Please add 10$ shipping cost for outside USA)

The rest are way above my usual price range but I didn’t like this project for its tiered rewards. I liked this project for what it is. An innovative bit of kit which could truly be useful and space saving. No more big bulky printing behemoths and in with tiny little robots that print our documents for us. Beautiful!

What do you think of the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer? Is this geeky enough to garner your interest? Is it too small for your needs? I think it’s an incredible bit of kit and I hope it goes on to become the next step in printing. Even if it does take a while before it truly “Catches on”. One thing is for certain: There must be interest in this product. 2,280 backers can’t be entirely wrong, can they?