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Introduction to Robots

Our society has been interacting with robots for decades; plus, science fiction novels have given them a growing place in popular culture. Consumer robot kits are becoming very popular in K-12 school programs, library makerspaces and other collaborative learning spaces, as well as in people’s homes. In this webinar:

• Define what a robot is and what they are capable of doing
• Understand the history of robots and robotics
• Describe the various types of robots
• Learn how to get started building your own robot
• Create a robotics league

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Introduction to Robots

  1. 1. Introduction to Robots
  2. 2. http://www.slideshare.net/chadmairn @cmairn
  3. 3. Agenda: • Define what a robot is and what they are capable of doing • Understand the history of robots and robotics • Describe the various types of robots • Learn how to get started building your own robot • Learn how to create a robotics league in your library
  4. 4. Hello. I am a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer. This is changing, however. I am sometimes called an automaton, android, droid, etc. I am not planning to take over the world!
  5. 5. Roboticsis the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots.
  6. 6. Image source: http://goo.gl/x1QeJu
  7. 7. • Faster and more efficient • Can work in hazardous environments • Do repetitive tasks • More accurate • Don’t complain Why?
  8. 8. Types of Robots by Application • Industrial • Domestic • Medical • Service • Military • Entertainment • Space • Hobby/Competition Source: http://goo.gl/c7Ebf
  9. 9. Types of Robots by Locomotion • Stationary • Wheeled • Legged • Swimming • Flying • Mobile • Swarm Source: http://goo.gl/c7Ebf
  10. 10. Image source: http://goo.gl/E1tPXn
  11. 11. Missing?
  12. 12. ED 209 Man Tinplate Automata The guards robots SentinelOptimus Prime
  13. 13. My Favorites
  14. 14. Source: http://goo.gl/n9ojGk
  15. 15. Source: http://goo.gl/hEBGKz
  16. 16. Image source: http://goo.gl/r51AWgLeonardo da Vinci’s robot, ca. 1495 History of Robots
  17. 17. Natural Language Processing • Car User Interface (CUI?) • Voice biometrics • How do we interact with connected devices? • How WILL we interact with connected devices? • App based? Too many apps for one device (e.g., Philips Hue) • Sentient? • Hello Natural Language! • Internet of Things (IoT) will capture, track, and share data • Artificial Intelligence • Turing Test
  18. 18. Digital Assistants Image source: http://goo.gl/obFOfu
  19. 19. More info: http://goo.gl/xxZQGx
  20. 20. Do wearable computers play a role in any of this?
  21. 21. Face Cloning is enhancing the realism of animatronic robots by combining motion capture technology with 3D printing.
  22. 22. Source: http://goo.gl/HKr5ce  Robots are coming to take our jobs. We should be happy!  It isn’t a race against the machines. We will lose. It is a race WITH the machines.  90% of your coworkers will be unseen machines and most of what you do will not be possible without them (e.g., discovery tools etc.).  Robots will help humans discover new jobs for ourselves; new tasks that expand who we are and let us focus on BEING HUMAN.  The fewer humans who touch our cars as they are being built THE BETTER.  Every time you click on a search button you are telling a robot to do something that humans cannot do.  The human assignment will be to keep creating jobs for robots to do. This will never be finished so we will always have 1 job!
  23. 23. Building/Programming Robots
  24. 24. Image source: http://goo.gl/8qmgx6 3 generations of LEGO MINDSTORMS 1998: LEGO MINDSTORMS (RCX) 2006: LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2013: LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3
  25. 25. LEGO Mindstorms NXT MindCuber Build it! http://goo.gl/3Urx4V
  26. 26. LEGO info: http://goo.gl/00hMUv
  27. 27. Image source: http://goo.gl/1wD7oS Complete family of EV3 Components
  28. 28. Image source: http://goo.gl/7jyvu8 EV3 motor/sensor NXT motor/sensor
  29. 29. Programming EV3 software NXT software Download EV3 Software at http://goo.gl/Cvwyy6 and then learn to program at http://goo.gl/BfZ8CZ!
  30. 30. https://code.google.com/p/nxt-python/
  31. 31. More info: https://goo.gl/bI9jd2 More info: https://goo.gl/tTM8HL
  32. 32. Robotic Story Time! Build it! http://goo.gl/nei4Yl
  33. 33. education.lego.com
  34. 34. Boe-Bot: Learn electronics, programming, and robotics all in one! More info: https://goo.gl/r18lRr.com/user/ParallaxInc http://forums.parallax.com/forum.php
  35. 35. Cubelets – modular robotics
  36. 36. Download: http://goo.gl/Sw29SE Cubelets Studio
  37. 37. RoboSapien Images: http://goo.gl/gRF32R and http://goo.gl/BFlLcT
  38. 38. Create a Robot League http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms
  39. 39. http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms jrfllteams@usfirst.org fllteams@usfirst.org ftcteams@usfirst.org frcteams@usfirst.org
  40. 40. More info: http://goo.gl/0WLmYp • Team registration opens in May. It is $225. Can register late too! • After you register a Regional Partner will contact you. • We already have a LEGO Mindstorms robot kit, so that is $0. • Field setup kit (obstacles etc.) $75 • The challenge starts in August. • No more than 10 kids per team.
  41. 41. What are you doing?
  42. 42. By Mr. Bungle, direct link: https://youtu.be/CJBleJJZixs None of Them Knew They Were Robots
  43. 43. http://www.slideshare.net/chadmairn @cmairn
  44. 44. Let’s Hangout! gplus.to/chadmairn

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Our society has been interacting with robots for decades; plus, science fiction novels have given them a growing place in popular culture. Consumer robot kits are becoming very popular in K-12 school programs, library makerspaces and other collaborative learning spaces, as well as in people’s homes. In this webinar: • Define what a robot is and what they are capable of doing • Understand the history of robots and robotics • Describe the various types of robots • Learn how to get started building your own robot • Create a robotics league

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