IronBot Robotics Kit for Children Launches IndieGogo Campaign

XiaMen, China – May 22, 2016 – IronBot is a 3-in-1 buildable and programmable robotics kit for children age 8 and up. Kids will learn STEM and  robotics, when they happily create a “little robot friend” of their own. On Tuesday, May 17, it was launched on Indiegogo, with early bird perk starting from just $89.  (Indiegogo Link: https://igg.me/at/ironbot/x/12259168)


IronBot Includes three choices: a „Robot Arm,“ a „Biped Robot,“ or a „Humanoid Robot.“ As a step-by-step robotic learning kit, the robots are perfect for education and technical instruction, and are a fun playtime activity for children 8 years and up.

IronBot helps children to learn by following step-by-step easy instructions, easily explaining the components, which include, a servo-motor, manipulator assembly, Biped Robot and the Humanoid Robot. The IronBot kit will open the door to the world of robots to children of all ages.
According to the founders of IronBot, „Children can control their IronBot by Bluetooth®, and IronBot offers a coordinating, dedicated app. The robotic arm will pick up small objects or play a balloon game. The app can also race two biped robots. When a robot transforms to the next level humanoid form, kids can use a mobile phone to act as the brain of IronBot. Children will learn by audio and visual interaction using the mobile phone’s camera and microphone.“
The kit comes with a multimode progressive assembly, graphic programming and a personalization setting. Kids can name their robot, and program a personality, voice and story with a customized setting. The kit can be augmented by the children by crafting unique parts for their IronBots, creating unique characteristics on their own.


For more information visit www.ironbot.net.

Find Ironbot on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ironbotforkids/, Twitter: @IronbotforKids, and on YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCALVYMZ5RCrYsGO4EOxS11A

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Innovators offered chance to develop their ideas with world leading robotics manufacturer ABB Robotics

London, U.K. – 1 May 2016 –Innovation platform, The IdeaHub, is once again recruiting robotics and software innovators worldwide to take on the challenge of improving the way we work and interact with the next generation of industrial robots. Working on behalf of ABB Robotics, IdeaHub will help successful applicants pitch their ideas and secure uniquely tailored support packages to maximise their venture’s commercial potential, including investment, mentoring and access to cutting edge hardware.

The IdeaHub is a cross sector, open innovation platform that connects visionaries worldwide with funding and support from global corporations. In 2015 they ran their first programme for ABB Robotics, attracting over 130 applicants with 12 finalists selected for a pitch day in London, with 6 entrepreneurs receiving an offer of support. For 2016 they are partnering with ABB Robotics once again to bring more solutions to solve three core challenges in the world collaborative industrial robotics:

1.) Simplicity: How to simplify robotics

2.) Intelligence: How to enable robots to learn and apply that learning

3.) Digitalization: How smart connectivity will enhance digital factories.

Much more information can be found at www.theideahub.co.uk/challenges.

 

The IdeaHub platform launches today and is open for applications until 30th July 2016. Successful applicants will get the chance to pitch their ideas directly to ABB Robotics at an IdeaHub event in August 2016. There is no limit to number of offers that might be made, which can include funding, access to robots, technology and commercial support as appropriate to the needs of their business.

Simon Blair, from the IdeaHub said, “This is a great opportunity for robotics and software innovators and entrepreneurs around the world to collaborate with a leading robotics company and take their idea to the next level.  All negotiations are directly between successful applicants and ABB Robotics, so outcomes can be structured to the specific needs of each successful venture. Our programme aims to compliment your business and not restrict it in anyway – we don’t operate an incubator period, we don’t set any pre-defined terms and we don’t insist on equity sacrifice as part of any deals borne out of the programme.”

Applying to the IdeaHub takes a few minutes and only requires information already in the public domain. Visit www.theideahub.co.uk for more information and further contact details.

Spannende Workshops und Vorträge auf der Maker Faire

Sound löten, Roboter bauen und Upcycling lernen

Hannover, 17. Mai 2016 – Auf der Maker Faire Hannover am 28. und 29. Mai im HCC zeigen kreative Köpfe, Erfinder und Querdenker ihre ausgefallenen Ideen. Rund 800 Maker werben an 170 Ständen und in über 30 Vorträgen und Workshops für den neuen Do-it-Yourself-Trend und inspirieren zum Mitmachen und Nachahmen.

Der Diplom-Designer Florian Fusco zeigt in seinem Workshop „Sound löten“ , wie man aus einer Lichtquelle, etwa einer Kerze, ein Musikinstrument bastelt. Das Löten der drei Bauteile, die sich im Kern der Soundmaschinen befinden, gelingt ohne Vorkenntnisse.

Ohne Vorwissen können Besucherinnen und Besucher auch lernen, wie man einen Roboter baut, der Hindernissen ausweicht oder Gegenstände und Linien verfolgt. Tino Werner, Erfinder und Entwickler von analogen Steuerungsverfahren, hat diesen Roboterbausatz eigens für die Maker Faire entwickelt.

In Vorträgen können Interessierte sich über „die Technik­geschichte mit fischertechnik“ informieren, erfahren, wie man LEDs auf Kleidung bügelt oder lernen, wie man mit Lego oder Minecraft filmt beziehungsweise programmiert. Erfinder Hans-Ludwig Stille stellt eine neuartige Wasserkraft­maschine zur Gewinnung von regenerativer Energie aus Fließwasser vor, die Näh-Künstlerin Dagma Wolff erläutert den Upcycling-Prozess vom alten Jeanshemd zur neuen Jacke. Cosplayer Rudolf Arnold spricht in seinem Vortrag über lebendige Comic-Figuren und das phaeno Wolfsburg stellt seinumfangreiches Experimentier- und Entdeckerprogramm vor.

Weitere Informationen zum Programm des familienfreundlichen Festivals findet man auf der Webseite maker-faire.de. Hier erfährt man auch, welche Maker ausstellen, wann welche Vorträge und Workshops starten und ob sie anmeldepflichtig sind. Die Tagestickets kosten 11 Euro (ermäßigt 7 Euro), Familien mit zwei Kindern zahlen 20 Euro. Kinder unter 6 Jahren zahlen keinen Eintritt.

Maker Faire Hannover ist eine unabhängig organisierte Veranstaltung unter der Lizenz von Maker Media, Inc.

FRANKA EMIKA: Everybody’s Robot

KBee announces the world’s first cost-efficient Industry 4.0 robot that everybody can program and safely use.

Munich, Germany – April 23, 2016. KBee introduces FRANKA EMIKA—a revolutionary human-centered robotic system—to the market. FRANKA EMIKA is designed for human-robot collaboration, is extremely cost-efficient and lives in the cloud. FRANKA EMIKA is also the first robot that builds itself; therefore perfectly suited for mass production.

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FRANKA EMIKA was built, designed and developed by KBee AG. It is a collaborative, lightweight robot system that is designed specifically to serve and seamlessly interact with humans. FRANKA EMIKA can be operated and programmed by anyone, regardless of technical skill, in just a few minutes through a visually intuitive setup process.

FRANKA EMIKA consists of the robot system FRANKA ARM and FRANKA CONTROL, the gripper FRANKA HAND, the software FRANKA DESK, and is connected to the FRANKA CLOUD.

KBee’s CEO, Sami Haddadin, states that, “We strongly believe that FRANKA EMIKA will be a game changer not only in intelligent robotics but also far beyond, opening the doors to a new world of connected digital intelligence accessible to everybody.

FRANKA ARM is a human-safe, force-limited robot arm with torque sensors in all 7 axes that enable humanlike arm agility and sensitivity. FRANKA EMIKA also has a unique workspace that ranges from close to its base to a maximum reach equivalent to the length of a human arm. With a payload of 3 kg and a repeatability of 0.1mm, FRANKA ARM enables a wide range of possible applications for customers.

Prof. Gerd Hirzinger, who was the first robotics researcher to receive all international robotics and automation awards, says, „Worldwide, robotics researchers are convinced that sensitive torque controlled robots are the future; in particular when considering the large scale future topics such as robotic assistance, safe human-robot collaboration in production or service robotics. Interestingly, this novel technology was often considered to be far too complex to be realized. However, the FRANKA EMIKA robot is the perfect exemplar of the synergies between mechatronics and digitalization in the context of Industry 4.0, and I believe it is the long yearned for breakthrough.“

FRANKA DESK, which is the visual and APP-based programming software, runs on the browsers of everyday devices like tablets and computers. Thanks to its intuitive, user-centered set-up and programming system, no special skills are necessary to operate the robot, even for its most complex applications. Therefore, everybody can easily operate FRANKA EMIKA.

With the revolutionary FRANKA CLOUD, it is possible to deploy 1 or 1,000 FRANKA EMIKA robots in no time, and to share and archive TASKS and APPs locally or globally. FRANKA CLOUD enables a seamless connection to Industry 4.0.

FRANKA EMIKA will be unveiled to the public on April 25, 2016 at Hannover Messe Hall 17 / G17.

 

About KBee AG:

KBee AG is based in Munich and was founded in 2013 by the DLR spinoff, Kastanienbaum GmbH. Its main investor, KUKA AG, is one of the world’s leading robot manufacturers. KBee develops and designs human-centered industrial robots that can be used by anyone and are unmatched in cost-efficiency. KBee’s vision is to make robots a commodity by putting humans at the center of robot design, to introduce the most intuitive customer experience, and to connect automation with digitalization.

All new Little Robot Friends Wrap STEM Principles in a Tiny, Adorable package

Launched this morning on Kickstarter, Little Robot Friends (LRF) are an exciting addition to any modern learning environment. Cute and programmable, these robotic characters serve as a novel entry-point for learning code and electronics along with crucial STEM/STEAM skills.

Geared towards children aged 8 and up, LRF’s are available in 4 models – Spikey, Curvy,
Ghosty and the all new Crafty. Each model features a distinctly shaped body, various
sensing modules and a unique, customizable personality. Spikey, Curvy and Ghosty are
available pre-assembled or as DIY kits for those looking to build their soldering skills. Crafty comes as a kit with all the same components as the other robots, but those components are modular and reusable. This provides an endless combination of interaction possibilities for modelling STEAM topics. Little Robot Friends characters evolve organically through play or can be customizable through coding.

Children can transform Crafty into custom creations with any conductive material such as
alligator clips, wire or using conductive thread or yarn. The kit opens up the potential for
children to create an LRF in a myriad of materials including paper craft, felt or 3D-printed
objects. Little Robot Friends bridges the gap between the technical and non-technical skills in a playful way by utilizing soft skills such as teamwork, collaboration and critical thinking.

Little Robot Friends purpose extends beyond physical play. Students and instructors can
also program LRF across several platforms, each suitable for a different skill level. The LRF App introduces programming concepts without the need for coding. Through the app,
children can upload tricks to their robot, customize its personality, teach it to sing robot
songs and play games. In the Little Robot Friends visual programming language, beginner
coders can use drag-and-drop elements to create and run functional programs for the
robot. As students become more confident in their programming, they can move on to
using the LRF library for Arduino. Each of these platforms introduce children to computer
programming in a creative, exploratory way and help them build a solid foundation in
computational thinking. This will put them at a huge advantage to becoming effective
problem solvers in a increasingly technology-dependent world.

Integrating computer literacy into the curriculum is a vital issue in modern education. Little
Robot Friends provides illustrative educational materials meant for both classroom learning and individual exploration. Instructors are aided by the easy-to-follow lessons plans that support core curricular items such as math, science and language arts. The robots friendly persona and tactile design encourages experiential learning, either independently or in groups. Little Robot Friends have been designed to facilitate learning across subjects and disciples to make technology more accessible and fun.

“We feel the best way to teach technology is to make learning casual and rewarding” says
Mark Argo, founder and principal technologist at Aesthetec Studio. “Developing characters
and stories is common across all ages and cultures. With Little Robot Friends we encourage children to creatively experiment with technology to make their characters expressive and unique.”

Little Robot Friends can be purchased on the campaign website until May 27th, 2016 at
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aesthetec/all-new-little-robot-friends

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Scanse Launches Kickstarter Campaign for “Sweep” Low Cost Scanning Lidar Sensor

San Leandro, CA – Scanse, a young sensor development company, announced that they are running a Kickstarter campaign for their new Scanning LiDAR sensor known as Sweep. LiDAR sensors are crucial to the success of autonomous vehicles, like self driving cars and smart drones. They use laser light to detect how far away surfaces are, in order to do things like make maps and avoid obstacles.

SWEEP SENSOR, LOW RES, WITH KICKSTARTER

What makes Sweep different is a sensing technique which allows it to use lower power components to perform long range measurements. This lowers the cost of components, making it affordable for a larger consumer market. Sweep is the first commercial scanning LiDAR to utilize this technology, and is being sold for $249.

Scanse will be providing an easy to use visualizer interface, along with many example projects to help users get started. Scanse is especially interested in the education market, and hopes Sweep will be popular among the hobby robotics and drone communities. For many, this will be the first time LiDAR is affordable enough to consider in their projects.

The goal of the Sweep kickstarter is to gauge market interest in this kind of sensor. As smart drones and robots become more popular, there is a growing need for affordable sensors. Scanse thinks Sweep is the key that may unlock a world of new products.

More information can be found at their website www.scanse.io

Thier kickstarter can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scanse/sweep-scanning-lidar

About Scanse

Scanse has been working on scanning LiDAR solutions for several years. They started off developing outdoor consumer robots for the home. To do any kind of mapping, scanning LiDAR or something like it is required. When they discovered that there were no affordable LiDAR sensors on the market that could work outdoors, they set out to make one themselves.

Maker Faire lockt mit verblüffenden Attraktionen

Hannover, 5. April 2016 – Hannover wird zum vierten Mal zur Bühne eines spektakulären Technik- und Wissen­schaftsschauspiels: Auf dem bunten Selbermach-Festival Maker Faire am 28. und 29. Mai im Congress Centrum in Hannover können sowohl große als auch kleine Besucherinnen und Besucher faszinierende Kreaturen, Maschinen und Skulpturen bewundern.

Allein seine Maße sind beeindruckend: 8 Meter lang, 4,80 Meter hoch und 2,55 Meter breit: Der Nachbau eines Anglerfisches ist eines der erstaunlichen Highlights der Maker Faire in Hannover. Nach monatelanger Arbeit entstand aus viel Industriestahl, PKW-Teilen und einem bunten Sammelsurium ausgewählten Schrotts eine erstaunliche Kreatur. In einem „Walking Act“ versetzen die Künstler Anna Ioannidis, Mareike Schwarz und Elias Macke die Zuschauer in das Jahr 5023. Begleitet wird die Show von einem Musiker-Duo mit Bass­gitarre und Theremin, einem ungewöhnlichen elektronischen Musikinstrument, das berührungslos gespielt wird.

Ein weiterer Hingucker auf der Maker Faire ist der Steamroadster No. 2, der in Hannover Deutschlandpremiere feiert. Er stammt aus dem jüngsten Projekt des Holländers Jan Wessels. Die Zeitmaschine No. 2 erweckt den Eindruck, als sei sie mit ihrem Passagier gerade erst aus dem 19. Jahrhundert in der Gegenwart angekommen und befände sich auf einer Reise ohne Ziel. Mit welcher Leidenschaft der Selbermacher ans Werk geht, sieht man seinen Fantasie-Maschinen auf Anhieb an. Viele seiner Ideen entnimmt der Künstler aus den Geschichten des Schriftstellers Jules Verne.

Für offene Münder sorgt auch die spektakuläre Feuer-Eis–Skulptur, die der Engländer Johnny White nach jahrelangem Tüfteln und Experimentieren perfektioniert hat. Seine „Human Machine“, hergestellt aus recycelten Stahlteilen, besteht haupt­sächlich aus Kopf und Korpus und misst eine Höhe von 4,5 Meter. Pulsierendes Feuer symbolisiert Hirn- und Herz-Akti­vität. Der Clou an der außergewöhnlichen Mensch-Maschine ist ein Getriebe mit Zahnrädern aus gefrorenem Eis. Feuer treibt die Räder an und lässt sie langsam schmelzen. Mit seinem Kunstwerk will der Maker die Vergänglichkeit der menschlichen Existenz demonstrieren.

Neben diesen drei Highlights gibt es auf der Maker Faire Hannover am 28. und 29. Mai aber noch etliche andere spannende Do-it-Yourself-Projekte und Selbermach-Ideen zu bestaunen. Tickets und mehr Informationen gibt es unter www.maker-faire.de.

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