WPI, DEKA Launch New Robotic Platform for STEM Education

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and DEKA Research and Development Corp. have launched a new robotic platform aimed to be a game-changer for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education pipeline. The Experiential Robotics Platform (XRP) includes robots that are simple, inexpensive, easy to build and just as programmable as a more expensive robot.

The new robotic platform, still in beta form, comes with built-in educational and software support, and are designed to operate autonomously, perform basic tasks, navigate on their own, sense distance, and manipulate its environment. Easy tool-free assembly lets users build quickly, with parts that can be replaced easily through the use of a 3D printer. WPI said that when they come to market next year, the robots will measure 7-inches by 5-inches and weigh less than 1 lb. The cost is expected to be less than $50, the group said. For details, visit Robotics-World