Tag Archives: Education

Christmas is coming, why not treat yourself?

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the time to think about presents . . . and while you’re about it, why not treat yourself too?

I have a great suggestion; why not invest in a subscription to Robot magazine? My first paper copy has just arrived here in the UK. It is the January/February 2016 edition, so I reckon that is a pretty good service as the magazine is printed in the USA. Digital editions are also available, for instant download.

Along with comprehensive news pages, this edition features an eight page ‘Holiday Gift Guide’ including Robot Kits, drones, engineering kits, a Star Wars app-enabled Droid, Lego mindstorm education kits, PCBs and a robot arm.

There is a full review of BB-8, featured on the magazine cover, this is the mini version of the ball droid that will be in The Force Awakens due out in December.

On the more serious side, we have an interview with Martin Ford, the author of Rise of the Robots. Here is the first question and answer from that article by Rebecca A Hill:

Tell me the premise of your book, Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.

The main premise of the book is that technology in the form of robots and artificial intelligence is gradually going to displace more and more of workers who are doing routine and repetitive work.

Read all about Robot magazine at their website www.botmag.com

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How to build a robot

This amazing time lapse video doesn’t really need much of an introduction. It is just brilliant. The “Poppy” robot project, which you can read more about here, is “an open-source platform for the creation, use and sharing of interactive 3D printed robots”.

Begin Robotics – University of Reading

I’ve just signed up for a course with the University of Reading. They tell me that I don’t have to have my own robot, and that I don’t actually have to know anything about robots. They promise to introduce me to the basics of robot design through a series of simulations, and say that I will have the opportunity to test drive Eric, the University’s own mobile robot.

But best of all, the course is totally free. I’m based in the UK, but it seems that anyone with internet access can sign up and interact with the other students. Have a look at the video below.

The course begins on 15th June this year, so why don’t you join me? Just visit FutureLearn.com or click here to go to the “Begin Robotics” course page. The course will run for four weeks, three hours per week, and there will be a participation certificate available to purchase at the end.