Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 22 2012

NRG Team Picture

NRG Team Picture

Oct 17 2012

Reminder: Team photo Thursday night – Wear your team shirt!

Reminder: We’re taking a team photo Thursday night at 7:00 pm.  Please remember to wear your team shirt (or a black shirt)!!!

Oct 15 2012

Interesting Article on “Robot Worker”

Here’s an interesting article from an IEEE Spectrum Tech Alert (use link at end to see whole article and photos): 

How Rethink Robotics Built Its New Baxter Robot Worker

Baxter, an industrial robot from Rethink Robotics based on the vision of Rodney Brooks—possibly the world’s most celebrated roboticist—makes its debut this month. Brooks, who is also the start-up’s founder, chairman, and CTO, is optimistic that Baxter will unleash a revolution in manufacturing because of the many ways in which it is unlike any other industrial robot. Its two arms, each with seven degrees of freedom, don’t move with superhuman speed and precision. But the machine adapts to changes in its environment, and can be programmed to take on a new task by a person with no robotics experience. And while a traditional two-armed robot, including sensors and programming, will typically set you back hundreds of thousands of dollars, Baxter costs just US $22 000.


Oct 14 2012

Bash at the Beach

On Saturday, 29 September 2012, the FIRST Northwest Robotics Gearheads competed in the fourteenth annual Bash At the Beach competition hosted by the following FIRST teams: the 236 Techno Ticks, the 2168 Fitch Falcons, the 1699 Bacon Academy Robocats, the 1740 Ledyard High School Colonels and the 2067 Apple Pi. This beach themed party was based on the 2012 FIRST robotics competition, The Rebound Rumble, and was located at the Old Lyme middle school. Driven by Shane Cyr and Eli Wootten, the NRG Robot wowed the competition by finishing second overall in qualifying matches– not bad for rookies! The team then played their way to the semi-finals where they finished third out of twenty-four completing teams from Connecticut and Massachusetts. NRG received the K.I.S.S. Award for “Keeping it Simple and Stable” with the robot’s reliable design and stability. Congratulations Gearheads!

Oct 12 2012

New Hartford Lions Club Hold Demo Dinner For the Northwest Robotics Gearheads