Why Do Cops Need Weaponized Drones?
By Steve Crowe · 27 August, 2015 • Bill 1328 just passed, making North Dakota the first state in the US to legalize police use of drones equipped with rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and more. The police, however, say they'll only use the drones for search and rescue missions and to photograph crimes scenes. So, remind us again, why do we need weaponized drones?Robotically-Steered Needles May Improve Diagnostic Procedures
By RT Staff · 27 August, 2015 • The University of Twente has developed a robot-assisted system for steering flexible needles that can reach their target in tissue with sub-millimeter level accuracy.Meet the Humanoid Robot Reducing Football Concussions
By RT Staff · 27 August, 2015 • Dartmouth football is using the autonomous Mobile Virtual Player during practice to reduce injuries and simulate realistic game scenarios.A Cyclist’s Encounter with an Indecisive Google Self-Driving Car
By Steve Crowe · 26 August, 2015 • A bicyclist recently had a two-minute standoff with a Google self-driving car at a four-way stop in Austin, Texas. So what happened? We explain.Can These Swarming Drones Improve Disaster Response?
By Steve Crowe · 25 August, 2015 • Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on tiny drones that can be deployed inside of a building after a natural disaster to give first responders a look inside by mapping the environment and relaying information about air quality, temperature, radiation, etc.Uber Strengthens Self-Driving Car Team
By RT Staff · 25 August, 2015 • Uber has partnered with the University of Arizona on the research and development of mapping and optics for self-driving cars. Uber will also test test its self-driving vehicles on Tucson streets.Superhero-Inspired Robot Hand Wins James Dyson Award
By Steve Crowe · 25 August, 2015 • Open Bionics, maker of a 3D-printed robotic hand that can be made faster and at a lower cost than current alternatives, has won the 2015 James Dyson Award in the UK.How Baxter the Robot Can Help Blind People Navigate
By Steve Crowe · 25 August, 2015 • For people with sight, the necessary tasks associated with urban living – crossing the street, sorting bus tickets or finding a store – are accomplished without a second thought. Innovations using collaborative robots can make these tasks just as easy for the blind population.MultiFab 3D Printer Simultaneously Prints 10 Materials
By RT Staff · 24 August, 2015 • MIT researchers have developed a new 3D printer, MultiFab, that can simultaneously print 10 different materials and combine them, along with other finished parts, into the design of a single object.Narrow Roads No Problem for Self-Driving Cars
By Brad Templeton, Robocars.com · 24 August, 2015 • Self-driving cars face many unsolved problems. But contrary to popular belief, narrow roads are not a problem for self-driving cars. In fact, it's a scenario in which the robot cars can far outperform humans4 Reasons Programming Robots is Difficult
By Jason Ernst, Redtree Robotics · 21 August, 2015 • Initiative such as the Robot Operation System and OpenCV are making it easier to program robots, there is a need for standard methods for connecting sensors, motors, actuators, cameras and other components to robots. The state of robotics software is somewhat like computers before “plug-and-play” was invented.Transwheel Robots an Alternative to Amazon Delivery Drones
By RT Staff · 21 August, 2015 • Transwheel robots look like unicycles, using one self-balancing wheel and a robotic arm to pick up and carry packages. The electric robot could work alone to deliver small packages or in a group to deliver large packages.Surgical Robot Performs Historic Kidney Transplant
By RT Staff · 21 August, 2015 • A sister-to-sister kidney transplant in France is the first to combine robotics, vaginal access and the donated organ's implantation immediately after its removal.Watch: HoLLiE Robot Bartender Serves 280 Drinks at Party
By RT Staff · 21 August, 2015 • HoLLiE, a robot bartender with two anthropomorphic, five-finger hands and arms that move independently, recently wowed attendees at a Stallwächter-Party in Berlin.Like It or Not, Drone Licensing Is Coming
By Stephen Mann · 21 August, 2015 • Drone licensing is going to happen. Just look at all the hysteria that surrounds every drone sighting. That's why drone hobbyists need to get ahead of the game and propose reasonable licensing now before politicians force unreasonable licensing terms on us.