The University of South Florida’s new underwater robot, Tavros02, made headlines in the Tampa Bay Times this morning, as much for its unique Tweeting ability as its remarkable underwater capabilities. Every 20 minutes, the robot sends telemetric tweets concerning its whereabouts and water conditions, complete with hashtags.
Tavros02 is just one of USFs many robotics projects. At Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, the USF Robotics Interest Group (RIG) will be on hand with several of their more battle hardened bots, ranging from 3 lbs. to over 200 lbs. in size.
The Tampa Bay Times also featured TBMMF this morning, in a piece titled, “Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire Brings out the Edison in Everyone,” noting that robots will be a star attraction at out inaugural event. In addition to USF RIG:
- MATE will be joining us with underwater robots of their own;
- Inanimate Reason will be on hand with his Kinect controlled ButlerBot ;
- Local college student Chris Willingham will have his DIY homebuilt Netbot on display;
- FIRST middle and high school teams will be showcasing their student-built competition robots; and
- CyberCraft Robots will be displaying robots as fine art.
And guests will be able to try their hand at driving and using some of these robots, as well!