Best Rides And Robots at Design West 2012

April 12, 2012
We saw some interesting cars and robots at Design West this year. Check out the videos and Technology Editor Bill Wong's observations.

We saw some neat stuff at when we were in San Jose (see Electronic Design at Design West 2012) and we have the videos to prove it. You can check out all the Design West 2012 on Engineering TV. We also have a collection of the Top 5 Rides and Robots from Design West 2012 and you can check the highlights and individual videos out below.

Top 5 Rides and Robots from Design West 2012

These are the top five rides and robots in our list.

Nuvation's 3-wheel E-Rex is an electric car that bested Tesla Motor's Roadster on the track. The Sphero is a robot that looks like a cue ball but has a wireless link to an internal STM32 ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller from STmicroelectronics. Use a smartphone to control the roll.

LPFK's manufactures PCB prototyping equipment. The ProtoMat S103 is a desktop unit that can churn out one or more PCBs. National Instruments' was showing off its second generation DaNI Robotics Starter Kit. It adds a camera. Finally we saw a Rube Goldberg symphony coutesy of Intel.

Here is a quick look at all five. The full videos are below.

DaNI Robotics Starter Kit from National Instruments

I had my hands on the first DaNI robot from National Instruments (see Hands On A LabVIEW Robot). It was rugged and runs LabView code on a Single Board RIO (SB-RIO) platforms. I thought it was a great platform then.

This is the second incarnation of the Robotics Starter Kit. It adds a video camera and streamlines the robot. It now has 3 wheels. The rear wheel is special. Keep an eye out for it. It still uses an SB-RIO but it is lower to the ground and the battery is actually easy to charge now.

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