DC Robotics to host two-part Arduino workshop

Instructor Glenn Mossy to lead Arduino workshop . His website includes this pan-tilt demonstration.

For readers of this blog, new tutorials have been slow coming but it’s for a good reason! I’ve been hard at work on Lifebotics, a robotics startup with one simple mission: to enable independent living. We’re still pretty tight-lipped about our work, but join the mailing list to follow our progress.

While that’s going on, I’m excited to announce that the DC Robotics Group is hosting a two-part Introduction to Arduino workshop, Dec. 3 and 10, at PunchRock in Adams Morgan. Veteran Arduino developer and Robotics Group member Glenn Mossy will host the event. Just getting started? Glenn has also put together an affordable kit to build your first Arduino-based robot. Space is limited so RSVP soon to join the waiting list.

AUVSI Conference Brings Robots to Drone Debate Epicenter

Amidst a climate of fiscal austerity and vibrant debates over the growing importance of unmanned vehicles in foreign policy and homeland security, the 2013 AUVSI Unmanned Systems Conference returned to Washington, D.C., last week after hosting the 2012 event in Las Vegas. It was a tale of two storylines as the exhibit hall demonstrated that applications for defense and law enforcement are still the lifeblood of the unmanned systems industry, while the technical program and panel discussions pointed to a growing interest to move into commercial industries. Here’s what you missed:

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D.C. Robotics Group to Host Networking Event with Social Entrepreneurs

David Jones (left) demonstrates a 3D-printed component at a Feb. 2013 workshop hosted at PunchRock

David Jones (left) demonstrates a 3D-printed component at a Feb. 2013 workshop hosted at PunchRock

Want to change STEM education with robotics? How about agriculture? Healthcare? Stop by the DC Robotics Group’s latest event on June 12, co-hosted with PunchRock, DC’s dedicated co-working space for social entrepreneurs. Share your latest project or startup ideas, join others with a vision, and meet entrepreneurs who are doing social good through technology.

Capitol Hill event welcomes revised robotics roadmap

Georgia Tech's Dr. Henrik Christensen introduces the 2013 edition of the U.S. Robotics Roadmap.

Georgia Tech’s Dr. Henrik Christensen introduces the 2013 edition of the U.S. Robotics Roadmap.

The Congressional Robotics Caucus welcomed the release Wednesday of a follow-up revision to the highly influential 2009 report, A Roadmap for U.S. Robotics: From Internet to Roboticswhich inspired the U.S. government’s first cohesive robotics research funding strategy in the $50 million National Robotics Initiative. The report outlines the progress of robots in multiple industries over the last five years, identifies goals for the coming decade and emphasizes the importance of the robotics research pipeline to maintaining U.S. innovation.

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Upcoming: quadrotors expert, sensors workshop, D.C. build party

The DC Robotics Group has three amazing events coming up for area roboticists. First, tomorrow we’ll welcome one of the world’s leading experts on quadrotors and swarm control as Professor Vijay Kumar delivers a highly anticipated talk followed by a unique Q&A opportunity. Here’s your chance to ask all those questions that popped into your head after watching the viral video of quadrotors playing the James Bond theme song, or get an expert opinion on the future of robotics and its impact on society.

Bringing robotics events to D.C.

Situated on the top floor of a converted town house on 18th St. NW, just south of the bars and night life typically associated with the Adams Morgan neighborhood, two dozen people chatted over instructional workstations that featured a 3D printer making a business card holder from scratch, robotic arms, and a collection of motors and mechanical parts straight out of a machine shop. The event signaled the inauguration of the D.C. Robotics Group workshop series and the first event at PunchRock Labs, a technology innovation and education arm of the PunchRock co-working space for social entrepreneurs. Continue reading

Robotics year in review: Top 10 stories of 2012

The past year was a watershed moment for robotics. From defense to exploration, startups to legislation, we saw products, laws, and investments that have shifted robotics out of the lab and into our lives. They have built on decades of basic and applied research, taking advantage of plummeting component costs and maturing core technologies such as batteries and communications. Below are the top 10 stories of 2012. And choosing only 10 from so many successes, research, and new products was extremely difficult. Perhaps that’s really the best story of the year. Continue reading