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Most collaborative robots are stationary. But what if you need it to move items from one location to another? See how to make collaborative robots mobile!

Source: Video: Making Collaborative Robots Mobile – SICKUSA Blog

Space plan for the next 100 years

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Take me to space!

A beautiful infographic put together by the Integrated Space Plan showing what the next roughly 100 years of space development looks like.

Highlights:

  • Lunar commercial robotic usage 2022
  • Permanent Lunar base around 2040
  • Permanent Mars base around 2060

Making a PCB Business Card

Many of you may have seen the Adafruit PCB ruler (also used by the awesome Voltera).
The design was actually adapted from my own design back in University!

To improve on the original idea, I have created a reference business card.

Here is a computer render of the design:

PS. The dots on the front are the phone number in braille, the dots and dashes are Morse for the website, cause who doesn’t surf the web by Morse?

Business Card Render

I wanted to show every common component I could think of, and how they relate. Often when zoomed all the way into a digital design, you can lose track of what 5 mils really means. It is TINY!

Here is what it looks like in real life:

Business Card Reality

The PCBs were made by Dirt Cheap PCB and overall look pretty good. The silkscreen can be a bit fuzzy or misaligned, but at ~2$ per card, this is great! The slight annoyance is that they plated the AWG holes, even though this was not specified.

Another tip: You can see the maker’s code on the front of the card (white text below the braille). Manufacturers will often put this on the “back” side of your design (bottom layer) so for next time, I will swap the layers to place the mark on the less pretty back.

Feel free to fork the project on the Circuit Maker main site (free login needed)

https://workspace.circuitmaker.com/Projects/B9D9B022-7D39-4B2B-8507-B4E054958C0B

Or download the gerbers and source files Here

You can also buy yourself one here:
I sell on Tindie

 

Save WiFi – For Robots!

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The FCC has made some good and bad choices in the past. While overall they do their job quite well, sometimes they make a poor decision. Once such decision is the idea to require device makers with WiFi devices to  lock down the RF-controlling software on those devices to prevent users from installing the software of their choice.

This means not only routers, but also many phones, tablets, laptops, and any number of new devices that are WiFi capable would now be required to implement a DRM system that prevents users from modifying the operating system and/or firmware on those devices.

Do not allow this FCC regulation suggestion to pass! This will limit innovation in wireless networks, and impact robotics development!

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Get more info here: Save WiFi – LibrePlanet