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Say the word ‘robot’ and it conjures up a variety of images – some of them are scary, some noisy, some fantastical, some mundane.  Your individual experience influences how your mental image of any given object forms itself.  We’ve been making some incredible leaps in the use of robots or ‘robotics’ over the last decade or so.

Now – imagine your life if your reliance on robots was the only way forward for you…   Henry Evans is the inspiration and instigator of R4H (Robots for Humanity). Henry suffered a tragic stroke when he was 40 years old, rendering him speechless (mute) and quadriplegic. Through robotic technology, Henry continues to find ways to explore and interact with the world.

I, myself, am an avid museum-goer (I minored in Art History during the course of my education).  Hence, I was fascinated by this WONDERFUL usage of robots to give that opportunity to someone who can not be onsite physically.  The robots even give the ‘home-bound’ visitor the chance to interact with people who ARE at the museum.  It certainly is far superior to a still photograph or poster on the wall depicting a particular artwork or sculpture…

 Robots Give Virtual Tours of the de Young Museum

AND

Robot allows those who can’t visit to take

virtual tour of Seattle Art Museum

 

Here’s an interview with Henry Evans from 2013 (credit San Jose Mercury News):  Q&A with Henry Evans, mute quadriplegic and robotics pioneer

While physically limited, Henry’s bright mind has lifted him far beyond his bed.  What other activities might robots give us a chance at which have been out of reach until now??  Your move!

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The concept is a rolling classroom; its purpose is to bring hands-on tech education to classrooms and build interest in students for science and math as fun subjects.

Where there’s a spark, there’s a flame – and the blaze is growing!!  This Stanford University (California, USA) rolling classroom is reaching both students and teachers alike…

Read about their beginnings and their continuing journey here:

SparkTruck

 

And if you’re inspired by their success, maybe this is a project you and your fellow students will want to take on at your university!  Click the pic for a guide…

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Where will you roll?

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May 13th, 2015
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Stateware finished its first release of the Dav3i project. We presented the project and what we learned during the course of the semester to our client, sponsors, including IBM representative Rich Prewitt who was a big help this semester, faculty, and fellow students at an end of the semester event. The product was well received and attendees were impressed at the lessons we learned in the pilot semester of Stateware. We plan to continue to expand Dav3i next semester to meet more advanced demands of the client. The Stateware group was impressed at what we were able to accomplish on this software this semester, and the improvement we made in the understanding of our client’s data, and we are excited to see what we can do with it moving forward.

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With so much unrest and so many active military operations being deployed around the world, the potential for serious injury or death for the fighting forces mounts incalculably.  As this state of affairs does not look to be on the wane in the foreseeable future, it is necessary to take measures to protect (to the best of our ability) those that are put in harm’s way.  Here is a novel approach, almost magical if you will, to make oneself ‘invisible’.

Brian J. Tillotson, a senior research fellow at Boeing, has come up with a device that would heat the air in front of the spot where a bomb goes off.  In one version, a detector “sees” an explosion before the shock wave hits.  “Though the armor plating on a military vehicle might stop the debris from a roadside bomb from injuring a soldier, it can’t shield against the shock waves generated by such explosions. The blast wave goes right through a human body and causes massive trauma.”  Read about the invention that aims to mitigate the damage…

 

Sci-Fi Cloaking Device

 

Could Protect Soldiers

 

from Shock Waves

 

Invisibility cloak

A newly patented device could use heated, ionized air to stop shock waves generated by explosions. (Credit: Kheng Guan Toh / Shutterstock.com)

What military or civilian applications are you working on that might have life-saving effects?

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The word “nerd” has been applied to those of a particularly scholarly or bookish disposition.  (Generally, it’s not used in a complimentary fashion.   It’s also been the name of a candy – but that’s another story altogether.)  Perhaps ‘nerd-i-ness’ will get a better reputation from it being the appellation of a new item:  the Nano-Electro-Robotic Device (NERD) – a robotic germ!  It’s a different slant, and it comes from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

“The research is the latest entry in the first generation of bio-electromechanical devices designed to combine living organism with nonliving technology to conduct research and solve a variety of different problems by using miniature machines too small for the naked eye to see.”

 

Graphene dot germ

Here, the spore reacts actively to humidity; and the reaction is translated to an electronic response from the interfaced graphene quantum dots. (Credit: Berry Research Laboratory at UIC)

Robotic germ equipped with

 

graphene quantum dots

 

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