World’s Largest Robotics Competition Returns: Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation to Host Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship 2021

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit and VEX Robotics, is back to showcase the incredible talent and skill of a range of student competitors by hosting the first-ever Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship May 17-29, 2021. Leveraging the REC Foundation’s Live Remote Tournament interface, teams from around the world will be able to compete in real-time tournaments or live skills matches to be crowned champions.

During the live remote event, students in grades three through college will compete in timed, heart-pounding robotics competition matches with their custom-built robots. Like at past world championships, competitors will have the opportunity to see familiar faces, activities, and share the excitement of the event.

To ensure the safety of its robotics community due to the pandemic, this unique event will adapt to a virtual format. Typically, the annual VEX Robotics World Championship attracts more than 30,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 70 nations.


The Many Uses of Drone Videography For Event Marketing

This article was written by Anthony Jamison, a representative at Drones Services Phoenix. Anthony Jamison is the head of the Outreach Department of Drone Services Phoenix, Arizona’s premier aerial photography and videography company

There is no question about the impact unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or aerial drones are making across industries these days.

Whether you’re a general contractor, a miner, a roofer, farmer, or a filmmaker, you will surely find suitable uses for an aerial drone, which can reach places and spaces you never imagined would be accessible a decade or so ago.

And today’s drones are not just about physically reaching hard-to-access spots. The fact that most, if not all of them are fitted with high-definition cameras also makes them capable of taking stunning photographs and videos while in flight.

The beauty of aerial drone videography also makes UAVs perfect for marketing activities, specifically event marketing.

If you’re part of a corporate marketing team and you’re organizing a music festival, a trade show, or any event, you might want to make good use of drones in the following ways:

Finding The Perfect Location

You need an open-air venue for your event, and you have already set your sights on a piece of land a few miles from the city.

The place may look good on the ground, but you want a complete idea of what it can offer and what you can do to the area for the event.

The solution? Get a drone in the air and shoot photos and videos of the whole property. With aerial photos and videos on hand, you can make a full assessment of the venue’s event-worthiness and start your planning for the event itself.

Billboards In The Sky

Billboards have always been a staple in marketing and advertising, and they still work, especially those huge ones that nobody can ever miss.

However, you can take things a step further by using flying billboards to market your event. Get a couple of drones, attach banners or tarpaulins to them, and have them fly over certain areas where your billboards in the sky can get the most eyes on them.

Enhanced Security

Your event can always use more security, and drones are more than capable of providing that.

With drones flying overhead during an event, you and your team can easily spot disturbances and possible trouble areas and alert security personnel to them right away.

Live Streaming

Event marketers can use live streaming with drones not only to hype up an event before it takes place but also broadcast the whole thing live to a massive audience while it’s unfolding.

Live streaming drone videos of the venue and the various preparations can help create buzz for the event itself and make people look forward to being there. Your brand’s followers would love to see behind-the-scenes footage of members of your team doing whatever they can to help make the event a success.

Once the event is taking place, a drone with live streaming capabilities can give the people who can’t make it to the venue a chance to see the goings-on while they are going on, making them feel like they’re there with you.

Creating Videos For Social Media

If live-streaming is not possible, you can always have your drone shoot all the necessary shots just the same, then create a video that you can post on all your social media channels.

As much as possible, post your drone videos for your event on YouTube and Facebook. After all, the former is the world’s top video streaming channel, while the latter has close to three billion active users worldwide.

While you’re at it, post your drone videos on your company website, too, since they can also help attract more traffic.

Giving Sponsors Due Credit

More often than not, major events are made possible with the help of corporate and individual sponsors.

You can show your appreciation for their involvement in your event by playing all over the venue videos shot by your drones featuring sponsors’ banners, signage, booths, or any indicator of the help they extended to you.

Celebratory Drone Light Shows

If your budget allows it, putting up a drone light show can serve as a high point for the event itself.

Unlike expensive fireworks, drone light shows don’t disperse toxic pollutants into the air, litter the venue with spent casings, and, more importantly, don’t scare birds, wildlife, and pets to death.

The creative possibilities are also endless, as drones can be used to create every imaginable pattern and shape in every possible color hundreds of feet in the air.

The crowd at your event and the people watching the live stream will indeed find themselves immensely entertained if you close the proceedings with a drone light show.

There are many other possible uses of drones for your event marketing efforts, but the ones listed above should be a good enough place to start.

You can always get a drone or two yourself to use in event marketing, but keep in mind that operating a drone requires a license.

If having your own drone is out of the question, you can always opt to partner with a drone services provider who has the license and the expertise to fly drones safely.

GinoBot, Inspiring Inventors of the Future with STEM Disciplines, Launches on Kickstarter

The all-in-one smart toy incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines with playtime, in a hands-on way. 

Astoria, New York – (May 3, 2021) Keeping children entertained and engaged in today’s tech-driven world is now easier with GinoBot. The tool that implements a fun, hands-on experiencewith unlimited expansion potential for learning STEM disciplines, computational thinking, and digital literacy is launching on Kickstarter today.

GinoBot seamlessly blends playtime with advanced learning to sharpen a child’s mind for the future. From plug-and-play robot to high-end coding and electronics, the progression of skills with GinoBot is unlimited. Children ages 6+ can build simple or complex models with GinoBot’s scalable, and compatible design.
It features KEIRO software for block-based programming, which is compatible with a PC (Windows, Linux, MAC OS) and smart devices (Google Play, Apple Store). GinoBot has Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, as well as a micro USB connector. It can also connect with 3rd party hardware like Arduino, Microbit and Raspberry Pi, among others.

Science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM toys are the future. GinoBot is a solution for children to learn 21st century skills that lets them playfully learn how to code, design, build, and rebuild models quickly, no matter their age or learning style. 

“Children are our future and we believe they are all gifted with the power to perform astonishing technological feats,” said Costas Sisamos, founder and CEO of Engino. “As STEM learning principles become more prominent in our children’s curriculum, GinoBot is a great learning tool that will keep young minds hungry to explore, design and create enabling them to experience the limitless thrill of scientific discovery.” 

GinoBot is a great way to invest in your child’s imagination and expand their creativity. To pre-order, visit

About Engino 

Engino is a toy manufacturer that specializes in construction toys and smart educational toys, and have been at the vanguard of the STEM education movement for the past 15 years. A few years ago, Engino joined the robotics market and started developing programmable robots. These robots are supported with an extensive curriculum so children can learn the digital-side of thinking and how to do programming, coding, and more. For more information, visit

Kawasaki Introduces RS013N Medium Payload Robot to North American Market

WIXOM, MI, USA — Kawasaki Robotics’ dedication to continuous improvement is evident in their technically  advanced general purpose robot line: the R series. With a history dating back to the mid-1980s, Kawasaki  has continued to refine their general purpose robot arms over time, routinely producing robots with wider working ranges, faster cycle times, longer reach, and increased torque. The release of the RS007N/L models  in 2017 marked the beginning of a new generation of Kawasaki R series and the latest model, the RS013N,  is no exception. By offering a 13 kg payload capacity, a wide working range, small footprint and  IP67-classi ed design, the NEW RS013N sets the industry benchmark for small-to-medium payload robots.  

Industry Leading Speed & Flexibility 

The new robot’s design includes a new arm structure, drive system and lighter main unit, which enables  high speeds and a large working area. Its 1,460 mm reach is the largest in its class, allowing for installation  flexibility and use in a wider variety of applications. The RS013N robot also leads its class in speed,  resulting in reduced cycle times and increased productivity. 


Kids learn coding with the new Sparklekits

What is Sparklekits?
Sparklekits is a STEM kit with a set of modular magnetic blocks & puzzles that promotes educational discovery through open-ended play and hands-on experience using advanced technology. It is extremely easy to assemble and super intuitive to use. It is a better and more fun STEM education tool that integrates building, learning, coding and play.

Advanced Design
Sparklekits breaks down complicated engineering into easy-to-assemble, functional magnetic modular blocks that children can use without using any cables, screws or tools. Kids can’t get it wrong, creating an environment that invites experimentation and creativity while building confidence.
These building blocks are infused with magical, seamless technology that allows kids to code, build, and explore at their own pace. Built-in games and challenges let kids between 5-12 learn through play, and it’s fully LEGO-compatible!

Tombot, creator of the first affordable, FDA-regulated medical robotic animal, is now accepting investors


Tombot, creator of Jennie, the World’s first affordable, FDA-regulated medical grade robotic animal designed to stimulate emotional attachment, just launched their equity crowdfunding campaign and is looking to raise up to the maximum permissible funding goal of $5M via a Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) offering on StartEngine!

Millions of people facing health adversities cannot safely or practically care for a live animal companion. Jennie, selected as one of TIME’s 2020 Best Inventions, was designed to significantly reduce the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, and reduce the need for psychotropic medications, for the 90M+ seniors with dementia and pre-dementia mild cognitive impairment worldwide.


Neue Energieführung triflex TRX revolutioniert die 3D-Bewegung am Roboter

Teleskopierbare triflex TRX-Energiekette von igus spart Platz am Roboter und sorgt für einen Rückzugsweg von bis zu 40 Prozent

Köln, 6. Mai 2021 – Damit Leitungen an Industrierobotern sicher, leicht und kompakt in der Bewegung geführt werden können, hat igus jetzt die vierdimensionale Energiekette triflex TRX entwickelt. Die neue Designstudie löst klassische Roboterschlauchpakete und Rückzugsysteme ab. Das Besondere: Ein einzigartiger Teleskop-Mechanismus im Inneren der Kette sorgt für einen Rückzugsweg von 40 Prozent. So können Anwender an der dritten Achse ihres Roboters Platz, bis zu 83 Prozent Gewicht und hohe Kosten für Rückzugsysteme sparen.

Die dreidimensionalen triflex R-Energieketten von igus sind in der Industrie weit verbreitet, wenn es darum geht, Leitungen und Schläuche am Roboter ausfallsicher zu führen. Damit bei der Bewegung des Energiekettensystems keine Schlaufen entstehen, die den Roboter behindern könnten, kommen bisher Rückzugsysteme auf der dritten Achse zum Einsatz. „Die Achsen an den Roboter bieten jedoch immer weniger Platz, daher musste eine neue Lösung her“, so Jörg Ottersbach, Leiter des Geschäftsbereichs e-ketten bei der igus GmbH. Gesagt, getan, wurde auf Basis der triflex R-Energiekette das triflex TRX-System entwickelt. Hierbei handelt es sich um eine vierdimensionale Energiekette in der das Rückzugsystem bereits integriert ist. „Mit TRX schaffen wir eine platzsparende Kette, die direkt kompakt auf der dritten Achse fixiert werden kann. Die Energieführung tordiert in sich, verlängert und verkürzt sich spiralförmig wie bei einem Teleskopauszug um bis zu 40 Prozent“, so Ottersbach. Dazu setzt igus in dem einzigartigen Mechanismus auf ein Schraubverbindersystem sowie auf ein integriertes Rückstellband. Das Band bringt die Kettenglieder immer wieder in ihren Ausgangspunkt, dabei ist die Rückzugkraft einstellbar. Die Leitungen werden in Form einer Wendel in die Kette hineingelegt und sicher in der Bewegung mithilfe der Kette geführt. Zusätzlich sind die Leitungen und Schläuche in der Mitte der TRX befestigt, um beim Ziehen an der Kette nicht die Position zu verlassen.

83 Prozent Gewichtsersparnis

Im Vergleich zu anderen Rückzugsystemen spart der Anwender bis zu 83 Prozent Gewicht ein und benötigt weniger als der Hälfte des Platzes. So lässt sich die Performance des Roboters weiter verbessern. Weiterhin reduzieren sich die Kosten durch den Verzicht eines zusätzliches Rückzugsystems deutlich. TRX kann einfach mit bestehenden triflex R-Ketten der Serie TRE verbunden werden. Wie auch bei triflex R lassen sich die Leitungen schnell von außen in die Energiekette befüllen. Die neue TRX stellt igus Interessenten ab dem 5. Mai 2021 auf seiner neu aufgelegten real-virtuellen Messe vor.

Mehr Infos zur TRX finden Sie unter:

New MAKEBLOCK mBot2 educational robot can even be controlled by facial expressions

The mBot2 programming robot replaces the globally successful mBot1 after 8 years and inspires with cutting-edge sensor technology, new motors and a brand-new AI control board in a familiar design. For kids, teachers and tinkerers who want to learn more about computer science, STEM, IoT, AI and block-based coding while playing.

Ubstadt-Weiher, 29.04.2021 – Over the past eight years, MAKEBLOCK’s educational robot mBot has not only playfully taught millions of children, students, teachers and budding programmers worldwide about complex STEM (mathematics, computer science, natural science, technology) subjects, but also put a smile on their faces after completing successful missions. And the success story continues with the new mBot2: under the carefully modified shell, which is now made of robust aluminum, is packed concentrated state-of-the-art technology that enables countless new programming and application possibilities.

The most striking feature at first glance is the next-generation ultrasonic sensors, which look at you in brilliant blue. Who can resist that seductive look? But the blue „eyes“ are not just for precise distance measurement, they also convey emotion with the help of controllable ambient lighting. The mBot2 is virtually looking for eye contact with the little programmers, because the AI image recognition allows, for example, the speed to be controlled via facial expression.


ReBeL® Industrie- und Serviceroboter fertig kaufen

Das igus Low Cost Automation- Portfolio wird ab Herbst 2021 erstmalig um einen Cobot für Serviceaufgaben erweitert. Dank der elektronischen Komponenten im vollintegrierten ReBeL Wellgetriebe sind MRK-Fähigkeiten möglich. So eignet der ReBeL Roboter für:

  • industrielle und private Anwendungen als Cobot bzw. Serviceroboter
  • bis zu 2x leichter als andere Cobots
  • kein Schaltschrank; Steuerung im Fuß integriert
  • MRK-fähig
  • mobile Anwendungen
  • Hol- und Bringdienste
  • Pick & Place Aufgaben
  • Montagehilfe

Technische Daten ReBeL Roboter

  • Kinematik/ Bauform: Gelenkarmroboter
  • Anzahl der Achsen: 6
  • Reichweite: Gesamt 600 mm
  • Nennreichweite: 350 mm
  • Mögliches Einsatzgebiet: Servicerobotik
  • Winkelgeschwindigkeit: 90°/s
  • Endgeschwindigkeit TCP (Volllast): 250 mm/s
  • Dynamik mit 500 g Nutzlast (Piks/min): 10
  • Nutzlast inkl. Werkzeug: 2 kg
  • Wiederholgenauigkeit: +- 1 mm

Der neue ReBeL Roboter benötigt keinen Schaltschrank und ist kompatibel mit der igus Robot Control Steuerung. Ab Sofort können Sie Ihre individuelle Service-Robotik- Anwendung vorab programmieren und testen. Laden Sie dazu jetzt kostenlos die igus Robot Control Software runter. Die benutzerfreundliche Software ist ideal für Programmier-Einsteiger. Mit vorprogrammierten Projekten für verschiedene Kinematiken, wie z.B. den ReBeL, können Sie sofort loslegen!

Industrie- und Service- Roboter selber bauen

Auf Basis der ReBeL Getriebe lässt sich mithilfe von Verbindungselementen ein individueller Roboter konstruieren, dank der zusätzlichen elektronischen Komponenten auch als Cobot. Das ReBeL Getriebe kann beispielsweise in der letzten Achse von Gelenkarm-, Portal- und Delta-Robotern vor verschiedenen Greifersystemen eingesetzt werden. Der Getriebebaukasten für Cobots mit vollintegrierten Getrieben hilft bei der schnellen Umsetzung verschiedenster Cobot-Ideen. Der Anwender muss sich mit der Plug & Play- Lösung keine Gedanken zur Leistungselektronik machen.

MindCuber-RI uses LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor 51515 to solve Rubik’s Cube

MindCuber-RI is a robot that can solve the well-known Rubik’s Cube® puzzle. It is designed by David Gilday and Mike Dobson.

It is built using elements from a single LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robot Inventor set 51515.

MindCuber-RI is significantly faster than previous MindCuber and PrimeCuber designs because it makes use of the fourth motor available in the Robot Inventor set to implement a faster tilting mechanism. Older MINDSTORMS and SPIKE Prime sets only included three motors.

Building instructions and software are now available on alongside those for MindCuber for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, MindCub3r for LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 and PrimeCuber for LEGO Education SPIKE® Prime.