Massive Robot Band Entertains at Maker Faire Paris 2015 (Video)

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Over the past decade, the Maker Movement has spread across the globe and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, even for an instant. Maker Faire events are currently staged world wide, with 131 taking place during 2014 in places as far afield as Norway, Mexico, Japan, and China. Of course, not all the events draw massive attendance like the 100,000 makers and maker fans that jam pack the World Maker Faire in New York City every Fall.

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Hands-on With The SYMA X5C-1 Explorer Quad-Copter (Video)

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People seriously interested in getting involved with personal drones would be well advised to bring money. To get reasonable performance, quality photos and video, and an easy to use interface, it’s not unusual to spend from USD$700 up to several thousand or more. But, if you just want to dip your toe in the water and get a feel for what the drone craze is all about, Syma X5C-1 Explorer Quad Copter could be an excellent choice. And, typically priced at less than USD$70, the X5C-1 is cheap enough that you won’t be heartbroken if it unexpectedly crashes or drops and sinks into a lake. 

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Autonomous Drone System to Map and Explore Hazardous Disaster Sites (Video)

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On March 11, 2011 Japan was literally rocked by a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency that resulted in thousands of lives lost, homes and businesses destroyed, and a crippling of Japan’s critical power generation capacity. It was a wakeup call, clearly showing how unprepared Japan, and other countries that operate nuclear power plants, were when they needed to deal quickly and decisively with a major disaster.

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Thunderbolt Robot’s Realistic Walking Comes From Innovative Design (Video)

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Humanoid robot walking is difficult, much more difficult than most people think. We assume that it’s easy because we, and most people we know, can do it without thinking. But we forget all the months, even years, of practice, trial and error, bumps and bruises, that we put in as children before we got to the point where we could walk smoothly without effort and without having to focus on what we were doing.

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Segway Takeover By Chinese Company Ninebot Doesn’t Bode Well For U.S. Technology

Just fourteen years ago, in 2001, everyone was caught up in the buzz about a new mystery product from design genius Dean Kamen that was code named “Ginger”. Ginger was supposed to radically impact personal transportation, facilitate people friendly urban design, and do a multitude of other magical things. Ginger, when it was publicly unveiled, turned out to be Segway, the two wheeled balancing personal transporter.

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