In celebration of National Robotics Week, Stanford University today hosted its annual Robot Block Party, hosting some of the best in research, industrial, and homemade robotics.
The festival of robots is all about making robots more accessible, giving robotics enthusiasts a look at the different ways the machines can be used.
More than 30 exhibitors are here, representing everything from games and toys to industrial manufacturing and medical technologies, but they all have cutting-edge robotics in common. Stanford's Robot Block Party is a place to share ideas on human-robot interactions and inspire the next generation of developers.
The TurtleBot 2, made by Yuijen, is an entry-level robot designed to make entry into the world of robotics possible. Available at IHeartRobotics.com for $1,600, the TurtleBot 2 features a Microsoft Kinect sensor which allows it to travel autonomously.
A PR-2 model robot from Willow Garage named PR-K gives a double high-five to Joe Shea at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
The California Academy of Sciences has a robotic rover kit for schools. The rover is wirelessly controlled via a 3D-printed NES controller and an LCD. These kits will soon be sent to schools as part of an astronomy package in an effort to simulate the science behind the systems and controls of Mars rovers.
Willow Garage's PR-2 robot was released in beta in 2007, and then officially launched in 2009. Within a year, the stereoscopic vision used by the PR-2, seen here, was made obsolete by the consumer-grade technology found in Microsoft's Kinect system, which was then integrated into the PR-2 robots.