Alexa-controlled Beer Tank

Putting robotics and NLP to good use. Article here




This Robot Can Solve a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 Seconds

New robotic rubiks cube record…Congrats to the team.

Two engineers have built a robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds or about in the blink of an eye.

Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo at MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab developed the robot and posted video of the feat on Wednesday. With the help of six motor-powered rods, the bot can almost instantly rearrange and solve the cube.



MIT Origami Robot

Digestible and bio-decomposible robot from MIT.

Published on May 12, 2016

Researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound. (Learn more about the robot:

Alsa Project – .asoundrc configuration

In order to set up the mic correctly, use the following from alsa project to make sure mic and speakers are configured properly.  Also remember to make sure the mic is unmute initially.

Link to snowboy hotword documentation here:

Change your ~/.asoundrc file to:

pcm.!default {
  type asym
   playback.pcm {
     type plug
     slave.pcm "hw:0,0"
   capture.pcm {
     type plug
     slave.pcm "hw:1,0"