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Robo-AO Autonomous Telescope Hunting for Planets
08/14/14 — Tracking down Earth-like exoplanets with a terrestrial telescope is no easy feat because our planet's atmosphere makes distant solar systems even harder to see. Adaptive optic technology can help make things go a little faster, but it does so at a snail's pace - requiring up to 10 minutes per target. The fully autonomous Robo-AO system, however, lets any telescope lock on to targets in just 60 seconds. Let the hunt for Earth 2.0 begin! Developed by a team of researchers from around the globe, the Robo-AO is touted as the first fully autonomous adaptive optics and imaging system by…


FANUC M-410 Robots Help Snack Maker Increase Production
08/14/14 — FANUC Robotics has assisted a snacks manufacturer in increasing its output of packed crisp boxes with the installation of six M-410 robotic palletising systems. Palletising over 5,000 boxes of crisps per hour the robots have been integrated into all of the six packing lines within the company's factory enabling them to bring a previously outsourced packing operation in-house. When it was no longer possible for manual stackers to accurately and safely palletise the packed boxes of crisps at speed, the international manufacturer of potato chips called upon the expertise of Pacepacker, a FANUC strategic Partner, to explore robotic palletising options.…



Clearpath Pledges Not to Make Killer Robots
08/14/14 — Waterloo-based robotic vehicle manufacturer Clearpath Robotics is the first robotics company to sign on with the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots, "an international coalition of non-governmental organisations working to ban fully autonomous weapons."The aptly-named Campaign To Stop Killer Robots seeks legislation and regulation that would block people from having access…

Engineers Designing More Agile Robotic Legs for Uneven Ground
08/14/14 — Horses and other animals inspire new designs for smarter, faster, more agile robotic legs. One of the major challenges in robotics is designing robots that can move over uneven, loose or unexpected terrain.With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), computer engineer Luther Palmer and his team at the Biomorphic…

SaviOne Robot Butler Working at California Hotel
08/14/14 — When Sunnyvale, Calif.-based robotics startup Savioke announced a $2 million seed round of funding in April 2014, the company said it would use the money to develop and build its first autonomous robot for the services industry. However, no further details about the robot were shared. Until now, as The…

Fast Food Robot Makes Burgers in 10 Seconds
08/14/14 — I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction. At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. But just behind…

Robots Coming for White-Collar Jobs, Too
08/06/14 — The robots are coming, even for the boss's job. Up until now, robots and other smart machines have been used to replace blue-collar workers. But a new study by The Pew Research Center and Elon University, released Wednesday, says that while artificial intelligence will continue to replace jobs in factories…

Inside the FAA’s First Dual Drone Flight
08/06/14 — The 319th Operations Support Squadron supported a milestone in unmanned aerial vehicle aviation Aug. 1. For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration authorized two UAVs to operate simultaneously in a traffic pattern of unrestricted airspace. "This is the result of a year and a half of planning between the…

Exoskeletons Give Shipbuilders Extra Lift
08/06/14 — At a sprawling shipyard in South Korea, workers dressed in wearable robotics were hefting large hunks of metal, pipes and other objects as if they were nothing. It was all part of a test last year by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, at their facility in Okpo-dong. The company, one…

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles to Track Endangered Whales
08/06/14 — Sleek yellow gliders will soon cruise the waters off Nova Scotia in a high-tech bid to track down one of the world's most endangered marine mammals and possibly provide clues to an ecological mystery. Canadian and American scientists are getting ready to deploy autonomous underwater vehicles around the Scotian shelf…

Researchers Developing Mind-Controlled Robotic Legs
08/06/14 — Thought-controlled robotic legs may still seem like the stuff of sci-fi, but for a group of scientists at the University of Houston in Texas, it is already a reality. A research group led by electrical and computer engineering expert Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal is working on a brain-machine interface that could…

Korean Baseball Team Fills Stands with Robot Fans
08/06/14 — A Korean baseball team that's down on its luck has found a new way to fill seats at games: robot fans. The Hanwha Eagles recently unveiled robot proxies called "fanbots," which enable fans to watch and cheer at games remotely. Based in the city of Daejeon, the Eagles have lost…

Israel Deploys Tunnel Robots to Find Hamas’ Weapons
07/31/14 — The Israeli Defense Forces have introduced new robot technology to help aid in excavating Hamas' vast tunnel network and a mobile radar system designed to warn against short-range mortar shelling. Defense News featured the Micro Tactical Ground Robot, developed by Roboteam, a Tel Aviv-based start-up that beat more established U.S.…

Robot Learns How to Walk with Broken Leg
07/31/14 — Engineers have taken a step towards having machines that can operate when damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg. Using "intelligent trial and error," their six-legged robot learned how to walk again in less than 2 minutes. "This new technique will…

ESA Launching Reusable, Robotic Space Plane
07/31/14 — The launch of a robotic space plane prototype in November could pave the way toward the creation of a reusable cargo vehicle that would survive the blistering re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, according to the European Space Agency. ESA officials plan to launch the unmanned space plane, called the Intermediate eXperimental…

Will the UK Embrace Self-Driving Cars?
07/31/14 — Driverless cars have been knocking around for decades. Newsweek magazine carried a wonderful advert featuring a self-driven bubble-top back in 1956. The occupants, a wholesome all-American family of mom, pop, boy and girl, were shown playing a board game around a table while their car followed a central painted line…

Learn How 3D Printing has Revolutionized Manufacturing
07/30/14 — FISHER/UNITECH, a top reseller of SolidWorks 3D design software and Stratasys 3D Printers, will host a technical counsel on the advancement of 3D printing on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Automation Alley, located at 2675 Bellingham Dr. in Troy, MI.  FISHER/UNITECH has partnered with Stratasys Corp and…

Woman Makes Quadcopter/Drone Out of Chocolate—and It Flies!
07/24/14 — So, you are in a happy relationship with your dream man/woman. You are the nerdy type, always building stuff, tinkering with electronics and so on, and your partner loves cooking and baking. How do you find something to do together that will satisfy both hobbies?..Easy! Build a quadcopter out of…

Material-Handling Robots Are the Future of Industry
07/24/14 — The use of material-handling robots has increasingly become a solution to raise productivity and manufacturing versatility, while enhancing worker safety as they historically have. Material handling is a natural extension of robotics and an area where the technology has already been predominant for many years, but robots are finding new…

Can a Robot Learn How to Build Lego Turtles?
07/24/14 — If we want to build our robot army of helpers, everyone needs to pitch in. That's the conclusion drawn by a team of electrical engineers from the University of Washington, which harnessed the power of the crowd to teach a robot to build a Lego turtle. Just as Siri and…




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