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From R2-D2 to practical robots

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From R2-D2 to practical robots.

The notion of robots in everyday life was long the stuff of The Jetsons and Star Wars. But Colin Angle, 47; Rodney Brooks, 59; and Helen Greiner, 46, brought such inventions into real life through their company, iRobot. Its Roomba vacuum cleaner is well known, but other inventions have graver functions: PackBot, a robot used by the military to defuse bombs in Afghanistan, and RP-VITA, used by doctors to remotely diagnose and treat patients. Once funded with credit cards and savings, iRobot is now profitable: It generated $487 million in revenue and $27 million in earnings last year. The founders’ story…


Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.

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