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Bad Boy Mowers Rides Surge of U.S. Manufacturing Innovation
12/18/14 — The "can-do" spirit is a deeply held ideal of the American tale. While many Americans are quite proud of this legacy, the realities of the modern world sometimes seem to have relegated can-do success to software innovators, such as the Facebooks and Apple Computers of the world—with recent examples in manufacturing being hard to find. However, a revival in homegrown American manufacturing is taking root in the country. Recent increases in U.S.-based manufacturing are driven largely by advanced technology. Through a combination of determination, solid management, and robotic technology, Bad Boy Mowers, Batesville, Ark., is an example of resurgent American manufacturing…


US Navy Developing Robot Spy Fish as Part of Project Silent NEMO
12/18/14 — The U.S. Navy is developing a robotic fish drone for use in future naval operations, reports the Daily Press. The prototype, dubbed Ghost Swimmer, is part of Project Silent NEMO and developed by the Office of Naval Research and Boston Engineering. The 5-foot, 100-pound robo-fish looks a bit like a shark but was modeled after the movement of a bluefin tuna. By mimicking the swimming motions of the fish, project developers say Ghost Swimmer is far less detectable than typical propellor-driven drones. The idea is to take advantage of "millions of years of evolution," said Project Silent NEMO manager, Marine Corps Capt.…



Watch a Giant Robotic Insect Take its First Steps
12/17/14 — A robot that looks like a giant insect is taking its first steps, advancing cautiously on its crutch-like limbs. The six-legged bot, known as Hector, can move each of its legs independently, which allows it to tackle a wider range of surfaces than other similar-bodied robots that typically walk by moving…

Stanford Initiates 100-Year Study to Look into Concerns and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence
12/17/14 — Stanford has initiated a 100-year private, philanthropic study looking into the effects of artificial intelligence on everyday lives. The announcement is timely and comes after Stephen Hawking recently stating that full artificial intelligence could be the last achievement of mankind. Thinkers from top institutions are being invited to take part in the effort called AI100. According to Stanford…

Woman with Quadriplegia Lifts Objects Using Mind Controlled Robotic Arm
12/17/14 — Jan Scheuermann has been paralyzed from the neck down for years -- but thanks to a cutting-edge robotic arm, she can move and lift things with impressive dexterity. In a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of Neural Engineering, University of Pittsburgh scientists describe their success in giving Scheuermann unprecedented control…

A Robot State of Mind at CES 2015
12/17/14 — “Robot creep” and consumer electronics If you’ve attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in past years, you undoubtedly have become aware of “robot creep” slowly and what seems inexorably seeping into many CES venues and product categories. In 2014, getting into a “robot state of mind at CES”  was easy: it began…

Unmanned Boats Protect Against Swarm Attacks
12/11/14 — WASHINGTON — Attacks by bunches of small, fast boats — swarm attacks — have long been a worry for US Navy commanders, concerned about the difficulty of hitting back at such a nimble target. An array of quick-shooting weapons has been developed to counter the threat, but many of those weapons…

Foxconn Redesigning Robots to Meet Apple Standards
12/11/14 — Foxconn is the largest manufacturer of electronics in the world, employing well over 1 million people in its factories. The drive to produce more devices quickly and cheaply has led to abundant bad press due toworking conditions and low wages, but the company has been working on a solution —…

“Electronic Skin” for Robots Detects Directional Pressure
12/11/14 — Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable “electronic skin” closely modeled after our own that can detect not just pressure, but…

DARPA Releases DeepDive: Open Source AI Technology
12/11/14 — PORTLAND, Ore. — If you wonder what the government has done for you lately, take a look at DeepDive. DeepDive is a free version of IBM's Watson developed in the same Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program as IBM's Watson, but is being made available free and open-source. Although…

iRobot’s Create 2 Gives STEM Students a Boost
12/11/14 — iRobot has announced updates to its STEM outreach programme, including the launch of Create 2 – a preassembled robot platform, based off the company’s Roomba. It also unveiled online resources, including 3D printable files for new parts, a faceplate drilling template, and educational projects and instructions.  Create 2 gives educators, students…

Inoperable Cancer Tumors Now Treatable with Robot Help at UCLA
12/11/14 — In a groundbreaking new study, UCLA researchers have for the first time advanced a surgical technique performed with the help of a robot to successfully access a previously-unreachable area of the head and neck. [ Watch the Video: UCLA Advances Robotic Surgery Technique to Treat Cancer Tumors ] This pioneering method can now be…

Amazon Employs Robotic Help this Holiday Season
12/04/14 — A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to “pick” each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping. Now the e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency – and given workers’ legs a break – by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots…

Engineering Students Develop a “Hug” Chair for Autistic Children
12/04/14 — Grand Valley State University’s engineering and computer programming students will talk with area high school students about the programs and show off their semester projects during the school’s project day this week. More than 150 students from nearly a dozen West Michigan high schools will visit GVSU’s Kennedy Hall of…

Robotics Magnet Aims to Improve F-Rated Seminole School
12/03/14 — Aeryona Read, 9, dug into a bin full of Legos and pulled out a small, angular yellow piece. One of her classmates placed it onto a robotic palm-sized lion that, when complete, will push up on its legs and roar. Aeryona and her classmates were in a robotics class at Hamilton…

Modular Robotics Helps You Achieve Your Robot-Building Dreams
12/02/14 — If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that at some point in your life, you dreamed about building your own robot. But then reality creeps in: building a robot is hard, and requires a lot of time and space. And also knowledge of soldering, wiring, programming and more. At least, it…

For the Cat with Everything: A Robotic Mouse
12/02/14 — If you thought using a laser pointer was the most high-tech way to screw with you cat, well, then you haven’t seen Mousr. Developed by former University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign electrical engineering students, Mousr very well may be the future of cat toys. The robotic mouse keeps your feline friend…

5 Very Smart People Who Think Artificial Intelligence Could End Human Race
12/02/14 — On the list of doomsday scenarios that could wipe out the human race, super-smart killer robots rate pretty high in the public consciousness. And in scientific circles, a growing number of artificial intelligence experts agree that humans will eventually create an artificial intelligence that can think beyond our own capacities.…

US Military Robots to Join Fight Against Ebola
11/26/14 — Despite massive efforts from countless countries to contain the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the outbreak continues to claim lives at a faster rate than ever. The WHO has estimated around 15,000 current cases, although the organization admits the numbers could be much higher due to the fact…

Thought-Controlled Prosthetics Attract Attention from FDA
11/26/14 — For the first time since accidents severed the neural connection between their brains and limbs, a small number of patients are reaching out and feeling the world with prosthetic devices wired directly to their brains. Earlier this month, scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena implanted a…




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