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Autonomous Snake-like Robot to Support Search-and-Rescue
By Steve Crowe · 20 October, 2017 • Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating autonomous snake-like robots that can navigate through the rubble, confined spaces, and rough terrain left in the aftermath of a disaster and send images and information to search-and-rescue teams.
WiBotic PowerPad Wirelessly Charges Drones
By Steve Crowe · 18 October, 2017 • WiBotic’s PowerPad wirelessly charges everything from large industrial drones to smaller commercial drones. The PowerPad can wirelessly charge a typical commercial drone battery in the same amount of time as plug-in charger
Disney: Focus on the Robot Experience
By Aseem Prakash · 12 October, 2017 • The robot experience included in a business strategy is important not only to customer relations but soon also to competitiveness and employee satisfaction.
How Many Robots Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?
By Steve Crowe · 11 October, 2017 • Watch a Fetch robot with a custom soft robotic gripper use a screwdriver, screw in a lightbulb, remove a bottle cap and more.
AI System Could Help Robots See Around Corners
By RT Staff · 9 October, 2017 • MIT CSAIL's new CornerCameras system uses information about light reflections to detect objects around corners and measure their speed and trajectory in real-time.
UnitDoseOne Wins RoboBusiness Pitchfire Startup Competition
By Steve Crowe · 2 October, 2017 • Meet UnitDoseOne, maker of a robotic pharmacy that won the Pitchfire startup competition at RoboBusiness 2017.
MIT Robogami Lets You Design 3D-Printed Robots in Minutes
By RT Staff · 22 August, 2017 • MIT CSAIL’s "Interactive Robogami" lets you design and 3D-print origami-inspired robots from 2D designs 

Security Robot Fall Shows Limits of AI
By David Bruemmer · 2 August, 2017 • Despite all the hype, AI systems get lost all the time, just like humans. The issue that caused Knightscope's K5 security robot to fall into an indoor water fountain is a pesky, seemingly trivial sensor problem that has plagued robot autonomy and AI for decades.
Tendril, Origami Robots Ready to Move into Tight Spots
By Tim Hornyak · 31 July, 2017 • Roboticists have unveiled robots that can be deployed in interesting new ways through growing and unfolding, giving them useful access to all kinds of nooks and crannies.
Cozmo Robot Now Teaches Kids to Code
By Steve Crowe · 26 June, 2017 • The new Cozmo Code Lab uses drag-and-drop programming to teach kids how to code Anki's adorable Cozmo robot.
How Microsoft’s AI Mastered Ms. Pac-Man
By Steve Crowe · 14 June, 2017 • A Microsoft AI system has set the all-time high score for the game Ms. Pac-Man with 999,990 points - the highest possible score in the game. The AI mastered Ms. Pac-Man by assigning a number of AI agents different tasks and having them work collaboratively.
Smart Exoskeleton Prevents Elderly Falls
By Steve Crowe · 12 May, 2017 • The Active Pelvis Orthosis is a smart exoskeleton that recognizes in just 350 milliseconds a person has lost their balance. The exoskeleton then applies force to the hips to counterbalance the slip and prevent a fall.
EduExo DIY Kit Lets You Build Exoskeletons
By Steve Crowe · 11 May, 2017 • EduExo is a 3D-printable, Arduino-powered kit for students, hobbyists and educators that teaches how to build exoskeletons.
MIT C-LEARN Helps Robots Learn, Share Skills
By Tim Hornyak · 10 May, 2017 • MIT CSAIL researchers have developed a Constraints Learning (C-LEARN) system that easily teaches robots a variety of tasks, including opening doors, transporting objects and extracting objects from containers. After a robot learns a new skill with this C-LEARN system, that knowledge can be automatically transferred to other robots.
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum Comparison
By RT Staff · 2 May, 2017 • Here's how iRobot's new Roomba 690 robot vacuum compares to other Roombas and other budget-friendly robot vacuums.

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