CES 2014 presented a variety of robotic technology including robots from the highly innovative Modular Robotics. Covering the other end of the CES festivities at the Sands Convention Center here in Las Vegas was none other than our very own social media enthusiast and tech junkie Wayne Alexander aka “Vegas Wayne.” Wayne was with The Social Media Show cameras when Modular Robotics caught his eye.
Sawyer from Modular Robotics talks about one of their newest creations called “Moss” which is their new robot construction kit. What’s unique about this robotic product is it allows kids or adults to construct a robot without having to do any programming. How it works begins with the corners being magnetic which can be connected with stainless steel spheres. With this feature you can have a universal joint with only one sphere or a hinge joint when using multiple spheres. You can also make a stable connection by connecting 3-4 spheres.
Sawyer then goes onto explain when building a robot you need three things which are power, input and output. For Moss, a spinning module is used for the output of the device. For the input, it uses a distance sensor which picks up how far or close the robot is to something. The power source is marked with a green circle on the pieces. Sawyer then demonstrates putting the robot together by connecting “green to green” for power and connecting all the other components as well. Now that the robot has power, it now needs the ability to move. This is done by connecting the distance sensor to the spinning module. After this is done with a “L” module, a wheel is attached and the fun begins. The robot instantly starts to move and changes direction when one waves their hand close to the sensory receptors.
Vegas Wayne wraps up the interviewing by stating this is a great tool to get kids into programming because it teaches them to visually learn how things work without having to worry about lines upon lines of code. The Social Media Show would like to thank Modular Robotics for taking the time to give us not only an interview but a very educating and entertaining demonstration.
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CES set record breaking numbers in 2014. Here is some stats and information courtesy of the organization:
“CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) announced that the 2014 CES wrapped as the largest in show history with a record two million net square feet of exhibit space housing more than 3,200 exhibitors. CES dazzled as the global gathering place for anyone involved in the business of consumer technologies with more than 150,000 industry professionals in attendance, including more than 35,000 from outside the United States.
CES represents all aspects of the technology ecosystem and brings together leaders from major global industries, as well as policy makers and government officials. The 2014 International CES featured government officials from across the United States and Canada, including three members of the United States House of Representatives, four state elected officials, five members of the Federal Communications Commission, including Chairman Tom Wheeler, and 13 members of the U.S. Department of Commerce, including Secretary Penny Pritzker. Other representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency , the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Aviation Administration were also in attendance. In addition, governments from outside the U.S. sent leaders including the Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy from France and Vice Minister, International Affairs and Communications from Japan. Ambassadors from the Slovak Republic and Poland also attended this year’s CES.”