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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 missing jet’s black boxes went silent. But the sub aborted that mission after reaching a patch of ocean that exceeded its maximum depth capacity. “That part of the area was deeper than we thought it would be,” Navy spokesman Chris Johnson says. “We’re not entirely clear what we are going…


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 by folding paper. Once you've created the proper shape, Mehta demonstrates that you can combine it with about $20 worth of electronics to create a fully functioning robot. The heavy lifting is done by the software that generates these designs, employing a branch of mathematics called computational geometry. For example,…



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…

MIT’s ‘RoboClam’ Can Destroy Underwater Mines
03/27/14 — The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam that can perform the same trick.The device, known as “RoboClam,” could be used to dig itself…

LORD MicroStrain Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award
03/27/14 — The Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council has named LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems as one of 100 recipients of the 2014 Enterprise Technology Leadership Award. LORD MicroStrain earned the award for its custom-designed Quality Management module, an integral part of the company’s Product Lifecyle Management (PLM) system. PLM tracks a product from…

Robotic Telescope Discovers 2 Alien Planetary Systems
03/27/14 — The world’s first robotic planet-hunting telescope has bagged its first planets. The Automated Planet Finder (APF) – a 2.4-metre telescope located at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton in California – started its self-directed operation in January, and has just confirmed the existence of two new systems of planets. “It’s just…

Robbie the Robot: Personal Assistant for Limbless Teenager
03/27/14 — Joanne O’Riordan, 18, was born without limbs. She is one of nine people currently living with Total Amelia, a condition that prevents arms and legs from developing. O’Riordan spoke at a United Nations-sponsored conference in April 2012 and challenged roboticists to create a personal assistant to help her pick up…

Oakland University Starting 4-Year Industrial Robotics Program
03/26/14 — Oakland University will build a four-year industrial robotics and automation program thanks to a donation from a leading supplier of industrial robots. Oakland University is a public university whose 1,500-acre campus is located in central Oakland County, Mich.ABB Robotics' $50,000 gift to OU's School of Engineering and Computer Science will prepare…

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Underwater Drone Joins Search for Wreckage
03/25/14 — A US undersea drone will join the international fleet of vessels and aircraft in efforts to locate the wreckage of the lost MH370 plane in the waters of the southern Indian Ocean. The sonar-equipped Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle can dive as deep as 4,500 metres and keep operating for up…




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