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Welcome to the Robot Zoo!

by Eric  Bender Harvard Microrobotics Lab’s Robobees, MIT Personal Robot Group’s Dragonbot and Olin Robotic Team’s Damn Yankee The Science Carnival that kicks off at noon on Saturday April 18 at Cambridge High School’s field house is sort of like the Big Apple Circus of Science, except that it’s way bigger and free. Okay, there are no trained horses and probably no clowns, but you can walk inside an inflatable gray whale and a 300,000-times-scale model of a human white blood cell at the Carnival. You can also check out demonstrations of everything from deriving your own DNA to 3D-printing your own trinket and from superconducting magnetic levitation to walking a glider. But be sure to save time for the Robot Zoo, which will draw a diverse population of robots and their builders. You can elbow your way through the crowds in the Zoo to find the pioneering firm iRobot… Read More

Of Bots and Bugs

Janine Benyus will be a guest lecturer in Evolved to Fit: Biomimicry in the Built World for MIT’s Goldstein Lecture Series, April 5th at 6:30pm at MIT Room 10-250.   Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry : Innovation Inspired by Nature, is President of the The Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. See Benyus’s TED Talk here.   Interested in biomimicry?  Come to the Science Carnival and check out MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s booth featuring:   Swarming Nano Hex Bugs  Watch 12 bug-like robots exhibit swarming behaviors. Ask questions and interact with the robots to learn how simple robot design, probabilistic programming, and swarms can lead to seemingly intelligent behavior. Why do they move forward? What about their shape makes them always flip onto their feet and allows them to get around each other? Learn how… Read More

Bots That Mimic Bugs!

  Usually, when we think of robots, we think of these guys: Or these guys: Not of these guys: And certainly not of these guys: But the scientists at Harvard’s Microrobotics Lab and Self Organizing Systems Research Group think about robots a little differently, and if you join them for Bots That Mimic Bugs, you might, too. “Robots in movies are usually evil,” Ben Finio, a scientist in the Microrobotics Lab, explains. Movies like Terminator have given people the wrong idea about what robots look like, how they work, and what they do. “Most robots are used for things that are dangerous or boring,” Finio says. On the boring end, there are products like Roomba, a commercially available robot that can vacuum your floor for you. On the dangerous end, robotics is cultivating more and more fans among people who work on bomb squads or search and rescue teams. After… Read More