Archives for March 8, 2010

My Top Ten Robotics Blogs

About three weeks ago, blogs.com asked me to submit a top ten robotics list to their site.  So, I agreed to do this because, for RobotNext, I read many other robotics blogs to keep up with the latest news.  Of course, I also considered this a great honor to be asked to do this.  Thanks go out to blogs.com and Wendy Taylor at Six Apart for selecting me to compile this list.

The following are the ones I access frequently for the latest information in the robotics world. It was really difficult to rank these great sites and I would, likely as not, change the order every time I reviewed the list.  Therefore, the blogs are listed in alphabetical order.  They are all useful sources for robotics information.

Top Ten Robotics Blogs

     Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

 Here is a blog about artificial intelligence and robotics.

  http://smart-machines.blogspot.com/

     BotJunkie

"BotJunkie obsessively chronicles Man's inevitable descent into cybernetic slavery. One robot at a time."

  http://www.botjunkie.com/

Bot Thoughts

 "A blog of robotics, electronics, programming and related topics with pictures, code,  circuit diagrams, ideas, thoughts, drawings, sketches."

       http://bot-thoughts.blogspot.com/

    Gizmodo: Robots

Gizmodo: Robots is a subset of the larger Gizmodo family of blogs and has up to date robotics information and great photos. "Gizmodo is a blog about gadgets and technology. Started in 2002, Gizmodo has grown to be Gawker Media's largest blog, bringing in upwards of 100 million page views a month in traffic. We post about a variety of electronics, as well as all sorts of things gadget geeks might enjoy."

      http://gizmodo.com/tag/robots

    Gorobotics.net

This may be the oldest surviving robotics blog and will celebrate its 10th year anniversary this year. It's a blog covering resources for the robotics beginner. GoRobotics.net has articles on robotics projects, resources, books, and links.

     http://www.gorobotics.net/

    Robots.net

This blog comes from a site with a load of information and many other blogs that contribute to the information flow. Robots.net was created by R. Steven Rainwater and Roger Arrick. Together with Jim Brown. Their motto: "All the news that's fit to assimilate."

"A news and discussion site for those interested in robots and robotics. Home of the Robot Competition FAQ and a variety of resource pages."

      http://www.robots.net/

    Robots Dreams

This site has to be one of the most visually entertaining robot weblogs that you will ever visit. Includes "robot news from Japan, exclusive coverage of robot events like ROBO-ONE, Robot Carnival, RoboGames, and reviews for the newest robot products."

 www.robots-dreams.com

   Robotworld

From Tony Dyson of Star Wars fame. The site is billed as "From the man who built R2D2." Covers stories about robots from a unique point of view.

http://robotworld.com/

  

   The NXT STEP – LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Blog

If you want to know what is happening in the world of LEGO® Robotics, then this is the blog for you. Definitely this is the number one blog in its niche. "NXT STEP Blog brings together news and information related to the LEGO®MINDSTORMS® NXT system." 

       http://thenxtstep.blogspot.com

    Trossen Robotics

"The Trossen Robotics Blog is the place to keep up to date on all the latest product releases and     news in robotics."

       www.trossenrobotics.com

By Imitating Insects, Microbots Demonstrate Hive Behaviors

Robot researchers constantly use nature as a model for new robotic developments. Here is another example of this in these microbots.

In particular, the application to robotics has to do with the idea of swarm behaviors.  Insects such as ants and termites tend to act as a unit.  Even though they are small, when they act together, they can accomplish amazing feats.  Termites build large, complex mounds with intricate tunnels.  Ants can organize large hunting parties and carry out raids against larger insects and sometimes even animals.

Swarm of robots have been developed with up to 90 robots organized into a single-acting, focused unit.  As of now, most of these applications have been in the military area.  Gathering intelligence, locating mines and explosives, and surveillance are three common applications commonly used today in the armed forces.  What will truly be a robotics revolution is when swarm robots are used in the home or personal arena.  Imagine several robots in your house working together to clean the floors, do the laundry, and prepare meals.  This is where the future of personal robots may be headed.

Read the complete story at the links below.

Credit:  New Electronics

"Fifty years ago, predictions for the future always included robots that would, by now, be doing most of our daily domestic chores. While that hasn't happened, robots have had a huge impact on our lives, but in industry rather than the home."

via www.newelectronics.co.uk