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Robots: Cheetah 2

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Sangbae Kim, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), at the International Conference of Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2015. They speak about an electrically powered quadruped called the Cheetah 2.

Robots: Towards Automating Fieldwork

Per Sjöborg talks to Dr. Hans-Peter Grothaus, from CLAAS, about automation in agriculture.

Drum Interviews @ ’15 World Open

IM Odion Aikhoje gave some interesting professional insights about the marketing of chess in an informative half-hour conversation. He has a Master’s degree in sports marketing management. The 2015 World Open remains America’s marquee event… for right now. It has staying power, but of course its consistency may suggest that a few tweaks are needed. […]

Robots – Robotic Rehabilitation and Biomimicry Environmental Monitoring

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Dr Lei Cui from Curtin University about his team's work on 3D printable hand orthosis for rehabilitation, a task-oriented 4-DOF robotic device for upper-limb rehabilitation and a 3-DOF platform providing multi-directional perturbations for research into balance rehabilitation. Show More Summary

Corbin unleashes “Elephant” @ World Open

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

An “unretired” FM Philip Corbin drawing Billy Turner at the 2014 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. With the World Open only a few weeks ago, we always seem to refer back to novel games of that tournament whether played on the very top boards or boards in the amateur sections. The tournament will take […]

Robots: CyPhy LVL 1 Drone

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Helen Greiner, CEO and founder of CyPhy Works and co-founder of iRobot, about CyPhy Work's LVL 1 photography drone. The LVL 1 drone has six propellers that are angled up and rotated slightly,Show More Summary

Robots: RoboBusiness Company Showcase

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to several robotics companies at the RoboBusiness Conference in Boston, MA during November of 2014. Companies interviewed include NPC Robotics, Xsens, Soft Robotics, NLinks, Neo Robotics, Zen Robotics, Identified Technology.

IM Jeffrey Xiong shocks Chicago Open field!

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

IM Jeffrey XiongPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. The 2015 Chicago Open attracted nearly 600 entrants from around the continental U.S. and players from dozens of countries. There was Cuban maestro Lazaro Bruzon Batista along with Gata Kamsky leading the field of over 100 players in the Open section (including 24 GMs). There were eight sections in […]

Robots: Supernumerary Limbs

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Federico Parietti, a PhD candidate at MIT, about his research on supernumerary limbs that can be used in manufacturing and for rehabilitative purposes, among other uses.

New in Chess (2015/3)

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

While Bobby Fischer was on the gallant cover of the New in Chess 2015/1 with legendary Miguel Najdorf, this issue was a vituperative denouncement of him. After Fischer passed away in 2009, every came forth to psychoanalyze him in a way that was relentless and sometimes fanatical. Many books have been written with references to […]

Billy Collins's Genius

Tundra Swans. (I actually don't know if Billy Collins had been watching Tundra or Mute Swans, but Tundra Swans produce a better sound for the radio.) Every now and then, I read a poem that is so perfect—so simple and obvious and yet layered, and that speaks so directly to my heart as well as my mind—that I’m blown away. Show More Summary

Robots: bStem

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Todd Hylton, Senior Vice President at Brain Corporation, about neuromorphic computers. They discuss the robotics development board bStem, which approximates a neuromorphic computer, as well as the eyeRover: a small balancing robot that demonstrates how the bStem can be used in mobile robots.

Gender in Chess… the long and Short of it

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Since 2012 I have done a review of each issue of New in Chess. When I received my New in Chess (NIC) magazine a month ago, I was pleased to see Hikaru Nakamura as the cover story as well as the Tata Steel coverage. The issue included a Carlsen interview and there was coverage on […]

Podcast #19 – Aoudad Hunting Tips & Tactics

GOTHUNTS - Representing Hunters with Proven Hunting Outfitters Learn how to hunt aoudad, their funny habits and why they are a critter worth putting on your bucket list. Listen in as Tom and Marc discuss Aoudad hunting strategies, the gear.... Show More Summary

Robots: Soft Robotics Toolkit

Ron Vanderkley speaks to Donal Holland of Harvard University about his team's work on the Soft Robotics Toolkit.

Robots: Emergent Communication

Sara Mitri, researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne speaks about her bio-inspired experiments on the evolution of communication. Jürgen Jost, director at Leipzig's Max Planck Institute, discusses intentionality in robot communication.

Robots: The Race to the Moon

William "Red" Whittaker, director of the Field Robotics Center at Carnegie Mellon University, talks about his team's bid for the Google Lunar X Prize.

Robots: Jumping and Crawling in Millirobots

Sarah Bergbreiter from the University of Maryland gives us an overview of her work with robotic mobile sensor networks, walking and jumping micro-robots as well as fast prototyping of novel robots. Aaron Hoover at Berkeley talks about novel manufacturing techniques with smart composites. This episode then features the third part of Science Fiction author Jack Graham's "Selkies".

Robots: The Robot Blogosphere

This episode gives an insight into part of the online robotics community. We interview Steve Rainwater on his experience with robots.net, the first and probably largest robot community site online. Mikell Taylor shares her experience with the IEEE Spectrum Automaton blog and also gives us a quick insight into her current job at Bluefin Robotics.

Robots: A Robot Fly at Harvard and at the MoMA

This episode centers on the robotic fly, featuring interviews with professor Robert Wood at Harvard university and with Paola Antonelli, the curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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