Custom carpentry with help from Robots

Every year thousands of carpenters injure their hands and fingers doing dangerous tasks such as sawing.

In an effort to minimize injury and let carpenters focus on design and other bigger-picture tasks, a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has created AutoSaw, a system that lets nonexperts customize different items that can then be constructed with the help of robots.

 

Users can choose from a range of carpenter-designed templates for chairs, desks, and other furniture. The team says that AutoSaw could eventually be used for projects as large as a deck or a porch.

“If you’re building a deck, you have to cut large sections of lumber to length, and that’s often done on site,” says CSAIL postdoc Jeffrey Lipton, who was a lead author on a related paper about the system. “Every time you put a hand near a blade, you’re at risk. To avoid that, we’ve largely automated the process using a chop-saw and jigsaw.

How it works

Software isn’t a foreign concept for some carpenters. “Computer Numerical Control” (CNC) can convert designs into numbers that are fed to specially programmed tools to execute. However, the machines used for CNC fabrication are usually large and cumbersome, and users are limited to the size of the existing CNC tool.

 

As a result, many carpenters continue to use chop-saws, jigsaws, and other hand tools that are low cost, easy to move, and simple to use. These tools, while useful for customization, still put people at a high risk of injury.

AutoSaw draws on expert knowledge for designing, and robotics for the more risky cutting tasks. Using the existing CAD system OnShape with an interface of design templates, users can customize their furniture for things like size, sturdiness, and aesthetics. Once the design is finalized, it’s sent to the robots to assist in the cutting process using the jigsaw and chop-saw.

To cut lumber the team used motion-tracking software and small mobile robots — an approach that takes up less space and is more cost-effective than large robotic arms.

 

Specifically, the team used a modified Roomba with a jigsaw attached to cut lumber of any shape on a plank. For the chopping, the team used two Kuka youBots to lift the beam, place it on the chop saw, and cut.

“We added soft grippers to the robots to give them more flexibility, like that of a human carpenter,” says Lipton. “This meant we could rely on the accuracy of the power tools instead of the rigid-bodied robots.”

After the robots finish with cutting, the user then assembles the new piece of furniture using step-by-step directions from the system.

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Source: http://news.mit.edu/2018/custom-carpentry-help-robots-autosaw-0228

 

 


Mindstorms Forkliftbots Gonna Take Your Job

With every advance in robotics, we get closer to being able to order stuff from Amazon and have no human being participate in its delivery. Key step in this dream warehouse robots, smart forklifts able to control and inventory and entire warehouse full of pallets, without the meat community getting involved.It consists of five LEGO Mindstorms robots working in concert, linked via WiFi to a central laptop. Mindstorms’ native OS doesn’t support WiFi (!!!) so he reflashed the EV3’s ARM9 chip with software developed using Java and running under LeJOS. On the laptop side wrote a C++ application that handles the coordination and routing of the forklifts. We can see a lot of weary forklift drivers ready to kick back and let a robot have the full-time job for a change.

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4 DAYS – LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 CRASH COURSE

4 DAYS – LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 CRASH COURSE

It’s an exclusive opportunity to learn about robotics and coding by using LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) Education EV3 in 4-days!.

The LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) EV3 kit contain software and hardware to create customizable, programmable robots. This  robotics set come with a programmable intelligent brick which controls motors and sensors. It enables student to construct and program quickly and easily, and then progress to more complex robotic models.

It is the quickest way to start building your first robot. You will dive head first into engineering basics, skill up with coding exercises, and by the end of the course you’ll have an understanding to dive deeper into LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) EV3 .

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Our expertly crafted activities are designed around tailoring the teaching and learning to suit each individual’s needs. Students who attend these crash course will be extended, encouraged, and challenged while being supported in a small group setting by one of our experienced and qualified teachers. This 4 DAYS – LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 CRASH COURSE are currently targeted to students age 7 and above.

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The aims of the programs are to:

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2. Provide children with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the rapidly developing field of computational intelligence, robotics and other related areas.
3. Encourage an independence of thought, an intellectual curiosity and a critical approach to evidence, theories and concepts in a theme-led environment.

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On successful completion of the programs, they will be able to:
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USING THE SOFTWARE: Learn the general usage patterns frequently used in
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MOVEMENT: Use sequential commands to make the robot move and turn using
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SENSORS: Use Sensors to stop the robot in different situations.

DECISIONS: Use Loops and Switches to control the program with smarter
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PROBLEM SOLVING – how to command a robot to achieve tasks on the basis
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21-Year-Old Malaysian Graduate Named No. 1 World Prize Winner in ACCA Exam

Article by Ling Kwan.

For the longest time, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants or ACCA exam has been the worst nightmare for accounting students, because the papers are notoriously difficult and they have to pass the exams in order to become a chartered accountant. No short cuts! Which is why we’re extremely delighted to announce that Wan Nur Mafudah from Kampung Tok Raja, Terengganu has recently emerged as the world prize winner for the ACCA Financial Reporting paper! Congrats!

In fact, she is the first Malay to nab the number one world-ranking by passing the exam with 95 per cent!

“I was told that before this, the highest ranking that Malay students ever achieved in ACCA exams were second, fifth, and sixth from 2015 until last year,” the 21-year-old student said.

When interviewed by reporters, the graduate from Intec Education College said that she has always been interested in accountancy and that she aspires to become an accounting lecturer one day. Although she was advised to give up on accountancy earlier, Wan Mafudah persevered and refused to listen to the naysayers.

After smashing her SPM exam with 8A1s and 1B, the former MRSM Besut student then furthered her studies in accountancy at Poly-Tech Mara College before receiving a scholarship from Permodalan Nasional Berhad to study at her former college. Not only has her success made her folks in the kampung proud, but it also proves that anyone can master this field, so long as you put your mind to it!

What’s her secret?

Well, she said that sharing her knowledge with others is the best way to revise her knowledge as it helped strengthen her understanding about certain topics. Remember, sharing is caring guys! Don’t kedekut ilmu!  When asked about her next move, Wan Mafudah said she plans to work as an accountant first before she works towards being a lecturer. “I want to become a role model to my younger siblings so that they would study hard for their exams,” she said.  Wan Mafudah’s inspiring journey has proven that nothing is impossible if you work hard enough for it, and we’d like to wish her all the best in her future endeavours!

Source: http://www.worldofbuzz.com/21-year-old-malaysian-graduate-named-no-1-world-prize-winner-acca-exam/


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Lego’s new robotics set lets kids program a cat to play the harmonica

|An article by Adi Robertson|

 

Lots of people are already familiar with Mindstorms, the Lego robotics platform capable of building clever tools like this automatic card-signing machine. Some might also remember Lego WeDo, the simpler educational tool for teaching kids coding basics. This year at CES, Lego is bridging the gap with Boost, a basic robotics- and programming-oriented kit that’s supposed to be more playful than didactic.

Boost is built around a motorized block called a Move Hub, powered by six AAA batteries and equipped with a tilt sensor. The $159.99 Boost kit includes another motor and a combination color and distance sensor, plus 843 more traditional Lego parts. One of the most important pieces, though, isn’t included: an iOS or Android tablet for using the accompanying app, which is both a building guide and a drag-and-drop programming tool.

 

The Autobuilder (left), Guitar 4000, Vernie the Robot, and Frankie the Cat

Once kids have launched the app, they can pick from five major building projects. The most complex is a foot-high anthropomorphic robot called Vernie, but there’s also a slightly terrifying mechanical cat named Frankie; a colorful guitar; a rugged, tractor-like vehicle; and the “Autobuilder,” a 3D printer-like machine that can be programmed to put Lego together.

During the construction process, the app introduces builders to the simple programming interface: a series of puzzle pieces representing different actions, which can be chained together and triggered by a tap of the screen or a real-world action. This works a lot like Lego WeDo, but it’s specifically meant to feel like a toy. “The goal isn’t to teach them anything,” says Lego design lead Simon Kent. “But they will actually learn just by tinkering with it.”

You can program Vernie, for example, to dance and shake maracas (which can be built with parts in the set), to shoot a small projectile at a target, or to hold a conversation using preset lines. It can’t recognize what you’re saying, but it can tell when sound is coming through the iPad microphone.

Vernie’s facial expressions are programmable

Some of these interactions get complex enough that they’re almost games in themselves. Frankie “plays” a Lego harmonica by detecting when different colors hit the sensor over its mouth, then playing a sound that’s linked to that color, including recorded audio. This same method, this time with a slider that moves over different-colored frets, makes the Lego guitar playable. We’ve tried both these things, and they’re weirdly entertaining, even for adults. The Autobuilder is an actual manufacturing device composed in miniature, although it didn’t work perfectly when we tried it. Since Lego bricks are pretty easy to pull apart, it also feels unsurprisingly fragile.

The programming options we saw are heavily geared toward getting kids to play with specific objects in specific ways, not come up with their own robots. But there’s a more open-ended app feature that shows them how to make the skeleton of a vehicle, a four-legged animal, or a building. They can then use these frames to build whatever they want, using either the included Lego or their own sets.

 

A four-legged walking animal frame

Boost isn’t meant to take Mindstorms’ place, but it’s an approachable toy for younger Lego fans — and seriously, the guitar is pretty cool. The set is going on sale in the second half of 2017, and it’ll be on display at CES later this week.

source: https://www.theverge.com/ces/2017/1/4/13920762/lego-boost-robotics-programming-set-robot-cat-guitar


Children learn coding at their parents’ workplace|The Star Online

An Accenture employee mentoring young children through the AI-inspired coding tutorial.

MORE than 100 children of Accenture employees took part in the Malaysian office’s Bring Your Kid To Code Day.

The initiative is part of the company’s commitment to help children build science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and computer skills.

A coding tutorial was conducted for both children and adults with a special focus on artificial intelligence (AI).

“It may seem premature to encourage coding in children below 10 years but we have seen how their agile minds grasp coding concepts, sometimes faster than their parents,” said Accenture Malaysia technology lead Janet Yap.

“It was also a great way to let the children explore their parent’s or family’s workplace.”

The activity was part of Accenture’s global Hour of Code initiative in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week.

This follows Accenture’s pledge of US$10mil (RM41mil) to support initiatives to expand STEM and computer science education through Internet Association, a group that represents global Internet companies on matters of public policy.

“Technology is creating jobs that didn’t exist five years ago and learning to code can transform the trajectory of a student’s life and career,” said Accenture chief technology and innovation officer and chief coder Paul Daugherty.

“We’ve seen the impact that Code.org is having on students and this year we’re doing more to support that.”

For the third straight year, Accenture is teaming with Code.org, that launched Hour of Code in 2013 and other STEM-related educational initiatives.

This year, Accenture Technology harnessed its internal expertise to create a coding tutorial that gives students a better understanding of AI.

Students discover how various AI techniques can teach a robot to explore a new planet — including recognising animals and plants, understanding a new language, and conversing with inhabitants.

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Read more: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2017/12/15/children-learn-coding-at-their-parents-workplace/

 


Interview With The Lifelike Hot Robot Named Sophia (Full) | CNBC

CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin interviews Sophia, a humanoid robot, about the future of artificial intelligence at a Future Investment Institute panel in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
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More on Sofia:

To Anyone who wonders who is the “hippie” on stage. According to Wiki, this amazing human is called Ben Goertzel (born December 8, 1966 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is Chief Scientist of financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings and robotics firm Hanson Robotics; Chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC, which is a privately held software company; Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and the OpenCog Foundation; Vice Chairman of futurist nonprofit Humanity+; Scientific Advisor of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; Advisor to the Singularity University; Research Professor in the Fujian Key Lab for Brain-Like Intelligent Systems at Xiamen University, China; and general Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence conference series, an American author and researcher in the field of artificial intelligence. He was the Director of Research of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (formerly the Singularity Institute).

 

Jimmy Fallon demos amazing new robots from all over the world, including an eerily human robot named Sophia that plays rock-paper-scissors.


October Event @ Little Botz Academy : Spooktacular Halloween Escapade part 1

Our special event to celebrate Halloween was planned along the second half of October starting from 16th to 31st October 2017. The first part was held on 16th-19th October in conjunction with the school holiday . Approximately 20 students had participate in the event. The children were exposed to LEGO Mindstorm EV3 with specially designed theme related to Halloween.

 

The event are still ongoing at Little Botz Academy, Atria Shopping Gallery until 31st October. Come and bring your kids to experience something wonderful for this year’s Halloween. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/ydcp9f8t

or contact us directly at 012-9691230 | 03-77322373