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Halloween Contest Winners: Robot-Style!
10/30/14 — In the spirit of Halloween, Robotics Trends held a virtual costume contest for all the robots and robot lovers who were feeling festive! Choosing only our three favorites was a tough undertaking, as every submission was fangtastic!  And the winners are... 1st Place: Empire Robotics' VERSABALL - cute as a pumpkin!   2nd Place: PCS Edventures custom arduino zombie robot with 3D printed arms, legs, and head!  (Submitted by JP Chastain)    3rd Place: Iron Kingdom Robotics' scrap built robot: ready to trick-or-treat! (Submitted by RD Xaldua)   And while it didn't quite fulfill our costume contest rules, we wanted to share…


Robotics Scientists Ponder Possibility of Repurposing Robots for Ebola
10/30/14 — Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed to help contain the Ebola epidemic? A robot that could perform even some of the tasks of a human, such as waste removal or the burial of bodies, would have significant lifesaving potential. So, with the assistance of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, scientists are planning a series of brainstorming meetings. The first round will be held Nov. 7 at four locations: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts; Texas A&M; the University of California, Berkeley; and in Washington.…



Nestle Japan Hires Softbank’s Humanoid Robot as Nescafe Salesperson
10/30/14 — Nestle SA will enlist a thousand humanoid robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan, becoming the first corporate customer for the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in June by tech conglomerate SoftBank Corp. Nestle has maintained healthy growth in Japan while many of its big markets are slowing, crediting a tradition of trying…

MegaBots Launching Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Giant Fighting Robot Project
10/30/14 — Two giant, menacing robots march toward each other, blasting missiles and six-inch projectiles at over 100 mph... No, it’s not science fiction, it’s what a Somerville company plans on making reality. Part Transformers, part blockbuster movie “Real Steel” come to life, MegaBots is launching a Kickstarter campaign today to help fund the…

CyPhy Works Unveils Pocket-Sized Surveillance Drone
10/30/14 — Robotics company CyPhy Works has a new pocket-sized surveillance drone created for U.S.military personnel deployed throughout the world. CyPhy Works was awarded a contract with the U.S. Air Force earlier this year to help improve search and rescue operations. Video of its functional prototype was recently uploaded to YouTube. “We took [our…

Lowe’s to Add Robots to their Customer-Service Staff
10/29/14 — Lowe’s on Tuesday announced that it soon will add two robots to the customer-service staff at one of its San Jose, California, stores. Called “OSHbot,” the robots will assist customers at the Lowe’s-owned Orchard Supply Hardware store by directing them to specific products and providing real-time information about promotions and…

i-limb Ultra Revolution Hands Help Sepsis Survivor Resume Normal Life
10/28/14 — Pam Buschle's new hands have four fingers and a thumb and look like the real thing, except for the electronics seen below the transparent covering. More importantly, the myoelectric hands she practiced using Monday, Oct. 27, function more like the real thing than the claw-shaped prosthesis she has been using.…

Volkswagen to Replace Retiring Workers with Robots
10/23/14 — Volkswagen plans to use robots to cope with a shortage of new workers caused by retiring baby boomers, and ensure that car manufacturing remains competitive in high-cost Germany. As at other German industrial companies, VW’s workforce is growing older and as baby boomers begin to retire between 2015 and 2030,…

MIT Submersible Robot to Enhance Port Security
10/23/14 — Could a new football-sized submersible robot that scans ship's hulls play a major role in future port security? Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers unveiled the oval-shaped robot at the recent International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. The robot features a flattened panel on one side that it can…

Jazz-Singing Humanoid Robot Wows in Tokyo
10/23/14 — Who says you need soul to sing jazz? A humanoid robot vocalist was the centerpiece of an ensemble serenading onlookers at the Marunouchi Building near Tokyo Station on Wednesday. Viewed from a distance, the band looked like a regular quartet. Up close, the alluring female singer proved to be an…

Exoskeleton Enables Paralyzed Groom to Walk Down Aisle
10/23/14 — A paralyzed man was able to stand tall and proud at his wedding thanks to a battery-powered robotic exoskeleton. Brave Matt Ficarra donned the Ekso as he married Jordan Basile on Saturday at a venue in Syracuse, New York. The emotional ceremony saw Ficarra, who was paralyzed from the chest…

Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak Teaching Robotics in Australia
10/23/14 — Apple Computer co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak has joined the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) as adjunct professor – the first adjunct appointment he has accepted at any university. The pioneer inventor, electronics engineer and computer programmer is working with staff and students in the Magic Lab (Innovation and Enterprise Research…

3 Reasons Google’s Self-Driving Car Will Never Happen
10/23/14 — A good technology demonstration so wows you with what the product can do that you might forget to ask about what it can't. Case in point: Google's self-driving car. There is a surprisingly long list of the things the car can't do, like avoid potholes or operate in heavy rain…

Rolls-Royce Adding Robot Chauffeurs
10/09/14 — Rolls-Royce is set to join the race to delete the driver – and the chauffeur too. The iconic British luxury car maker is looking to its parent company, BMW, to adopt autonomous driving technologies before the end of the decade. "But we have already autonomous driving – we have chauffeurs,"…

Mind-Controlled Robotic Arms Now a Reality
10/09/14 — For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities. In January 2013 a Swedish arm amputee was the first person in the world to receive a…

Regulators Struggling with the Impact of Accidents Caused by Robots
10/09/14 — How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers? It's a puzzling question facing companies developing a new breed of industrial robots that work alongside humans on the factory floor.Setting limits on the level of pain a robot may (accidentally) inflict on a human is a crucial goal…

Search & Rescue Robots to Help Save Lives in the Alps
10/09/14 — Scientists at the University of Twente are working on robots that are expected to save lives in calamity situations in the Alps. The emphasis within this SHERPA project is on cooperation between human rescue workers, the ground robot ('ground rover') with a robotic arm and flying robots. This week all…

Ebola-Killing Robot ‘Little Moe’ Destroys Virus in Minutes
10/09/14 — Like a real life "Dalek," Dr. Who's robotic nemesis in the British science fiction show, a Texas company's robot is ready to "exterminate." Only this robot, "Little Moe," is trying to exterminate viruses, including perhaps the Ebola virus. "Little Moe" is manufactured by a Texas company called Xenex. The company…

iRobot uPoint App Adds Tablet Control of Defense Robots
10/09/14 — iRobot has more than 6,000 defense and security robots deployed worldwide, with its machines in Japan helping clean up the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and in war zones detecting and disposing of improvised explosive devices. As these robots become more complex and take on a wider variety of tasks, the Bedford,…

NJ Man Arrested After Shooting Down Neighbor’s Drone
10/02/14 — After a New Jersey man spotted his neighbor's camera-equipped drone flying over his house this week, he fetched a shotgun and peppered the drone with holes, knocking it from the sky. Did he have a right to do so?Even though local police arrested the man on unlawful weapons charges, some…




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