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NASA’s LADEE Moon-Orbiting Robot Crashes
04/18/14 — NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed Friday that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do. Researchers believe LADEE likely vaporized upon contact because of its extreme orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater. No debris would have been left behind. "It's bound to make a dent," project scientist Rick Elphic predicted Thursday. By Thursday evening, the spacecraft had been skimming the lunar surface at an…


MIT Builds Voice-Controlled Robotic Wheelchair
04/16/14 — Working out of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Matt Walter and Sachi Hemachandra have built something that could revolutionize the way people with progressive neurological conditions get from place to place — it's a robotic wheelchair that understands basic voice commands for navigating around a space. After building a map of its surroundings and being taught the location of each room — where the kitchen is, where the bathrooms are — the wheelchair can understand natural, conversational language that the users feed it through a standard headset and microphone. This includes direct commands ("Take me to the kitchen.")…



Mini Robot Printer is Like an Ink-Squirting Roomba
04/16/14 — Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer actually is. Printers, of course, are annoyingly big pieces of hardware that remain tethered to our desktops, a…

Panasonic Robot Bed/Wheelchair Earns Global Safety Certification
04/16/14 — There's a lot of talk about Japan's rapidly aging society, and how it is expected to literally place a heavy burden on the island nation's caregivers. Among the many projected problems is a smaller pool of health care workers amidst a growing tide of elderly who require around-the-clock care. With…

Dalek Robot Fixes Potholes in 2 Minutes
04/16/14 — Mention Daleks and a ruthless race of extraterrestrial robots intent on universal domination spring to mind.But 'The Dalek' is also the nickname of a £200,000 machine that is exterminating potholes 30 times as fast as the conventional method of repair.The machine is capable of filling in the craters in just…

Anki Drive Adds New Cars, Tracks, Race Mode
04/16/14 — Anki Drive owners have a slew of new reasons to get excited about the racing game with AI-enabled robotic toy cars that are controlled by iOS devices. The San Francisco-based startup and RBR50 company introduced two new tracks, two new cars, and a “race” mode to complement the standard “battle”…

Bluefin-21 Unmanned Sub Relaunches Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
04/15/14 — The US Navy underwater robot Bluefin-21 has returned to the depths of the Indian Ocean in search of missing Malaysian airliner MH370 after aborting its first scouting mission. The multinational team of searchers launched the autonomous underwater vehicle Monday, nearly a week after pings believed to be transmitted by the…

MIT Developing Paper Robots People Can Print at Home
04/10/14 — MIT's Ankur Mehta is lead researcher on a project that quite literally enables people to print robots on a standard piece of paper at home. It might sound crazy, but there's a lot of complicated math to back up the fact that you can create nearly any shape you like…

SRI Wearable Robots Make Soldiers Better, Stronger, Faster
04/10/14 — In the heart of Silicon Valley, lining the wall in one of the world’s most advanced robotics labs, is a row of sewing machines. It’s a different tool for a different type of robot. A team of researchers at SRI International, which gave the world the mouse, surgical robots and Siri, is…

Boeing Turns to Robots to Increase 777X Production
04/10/14 — The Boeing Co. plans to deploy robotic assembly technology on the 777X that will dramatically change the way the plane’s metal hull is built, documents submitted to the city of Everett indicate. The automation technology, replacing a crane and a giant cylindrical fixture now used to turn the half-built fuselage…

SpaceX Sending Robotic Capsule to Space Station
04/10/14 — A private spaceflight company will launch its third robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station next week. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's unmanned Dragon vehicle loaded down with supplies is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 14. This will be…

TinkerBots Robot Building Kit Launches on Indiegogo
04/10/14 — TinkerBots is a modular robotics building set with the aim of encouraging children to learn about electronics through play. The Berlin-based makers behind the project are seeking to raise $100,000 over the next 46 days via the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform to get their kits to market. This is just the latest education-focused project trying to leverage…

New Porton Man Robot Soldier Tests Biological Warfare Suits
04/08/14 — A new robot mannequin that will help test the next generation of chemical and biological protective suits for the UK's armed forces has been unveiled. The Porton Man can walk, march, run, sit, kneel and even mimic the movement of a soldier sighting a weapon, allowing scientists to test the…

Military Drone Crashes Near Pa. Elementary School
04/04/14 — A military unmanned aerial vehicle crashed outside a Lebanon County school and a hotel this afternoon. Fort Indiantown Gap spokesman Maj. Ed Shank said the UAV was involved in training operations when it experienced an uncontrolled hard landing on Fischer Avenue in Union Township. The drone came down between Lickdale…

Mini Robot Could Perform Life-Saving Surgery on Astronauts
04/03/14 — It could one day answer the prayers of astronauts who need surgery in deep space. The miniature surgeon slides into the body through an incision in the belly button. Once inside the abdominal cavity – which has been filled with inert gas to make room for it to work –…

Inside the Military’s New Office for Cyborgs
04/03/14 — The ability to link human brains to machines, create new life forms and build Star Trek-style disease detectors will be the focus of a new Defense Department office soon. The new office, named the Biological Technology Office, or BTO, will serve as a clearinghouse for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or…

New Yaskawa Motoman STEM Robotics Platform Promotes Workplace Skills
04/03/14 — A new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) robotics platform from Yaskawa Motoman will soon help students in secondary educational programs practice skills in advanced manufacturing and robotics. The company announced it is available in a general-purpose platform and a welding education cell, two fast-rising employment areas. The platform reportedly…

Meet Festo’s Gesture-Controlled Bionic Kangaroo
04/03/14 — When our robot overlords come to power, they may not look exactly how you imagined. If Festo has its way, they could look more like unstoppable hopping kangaroos rather than Terminator-style machines. For the past two years, the German group has been secretly working emulating the jumping behaviour of the…

Cybathlon 2016: First Olympics for Bionic Athletes
04/03/14 — The first Cybathlon, an Olympics for bionic athletes, will take place in Switzerland in October 2016. The event will include a race where competitors control an avatar via a brain interface. There will also be races for competitors wearing prosthetic limbs and exo-skeletons. Hosted by the Swiss National Competence Center…

Crabster CR200 6-Legged Robot to Explore Ocean Floor
04/03/14 — Monsters of the deep soon will have a man-made horror to contend with, according to CNN, as the Crabster CR200 is released into the oceans. Weighing over half a ton, the six-legged, crustacean-inspired robot is intended for the most dangerous undersea exploration. Developed by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and…




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