Robots shoot for the moon in MIT’s annual 2.007 competition

In their historic lunar mission 50 years ago, Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong collected and returned to Earth more than 48 pounds of lunar material, including 50 moon rocks that researchers have been analyzing intensely ever since. If they’d only had help from some MIT robots, the astronauts might have been able to bring back even more lunar loot. On Thursday evening, students of MIT’s popular class 2.007 (Design and Manufacturing I) proved that robots can be efficient, ingenious, and even highly entertaining moon-rock scavengers. Over four often nail-biting hours, 32 student finalists, winnowed from a roster of 165, competed head to machined head, in the course’s annual robot competition, held in the ice rink at MIT’s Johnson Athletic Center. This year’s theme, Moonshot, was an homage to the Apollo 11 moon landing, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The course designers and machinists took the theme Continue reading Robots shoot for the moon in MIT’s annual 2.007 competition

Video Friday: This Drone Is a Flying Tray for Your Smart Home

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): Nîmes Robotics Festival – May 17-19, 2019 – Nîmes, France Isolierband Robotics Competition – May 19, 2019 – Israel ICRA 2019 – May 20-24, 2019 – Montreal, Canada URC 2019 – May 30-1, 2019 – Hanksville, Utah, USA 2nd Annual Robotics Summit & Expo – June 4-6, 2019 – Boston, Mass., USA ICUAS 2019 – June 11-14, 2019 – Atlanta, Ga., USA Energy Drone Coalition Summit – June 12-13, 2019 – Woodlands, Texas, USA Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics – June 23-26, 2019 – London, U.K. ETH Robotics Summer School – June 27-1, 2019 – Zurich, Switzerland MARSS 2019 – July 1-5, 2019 – Helsinki, Finland Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.