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Major Aircraft Manufacturer Employs Baxter Robot to Transform Business
09/25/14 — Cutting Dynamics, one of the leading manufacturers of sub-assemblies and components for the aerospace industry, has installed Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot as a critical part of its thermal deburring line in its Avon, Ohio plant.The company, widely recognized for its innovation in laser-cutting hydro-forming and thermoplastics fabrication has now joined the list of advanced manufacturers using collaborative robotics to transform its business.Baxter works alongside Cutting Dynamics' team of aerospace manufacturing engineers, automating the finishing process for its line of high-precision parts."We're starting with deburring," said Bill Carson, president and CEO at Cutting Dynamics, which employs 125 people at its Avon…


Startup Develops Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming
09/25/14 — Eugene Izhikevich thinks you shouldn't have to write code in order to teach robots new tricks. "It should be more like training a dog," he says.  "Instead of programming, you show it consistent examples of desired behavior."Izhikevich's startup, Brain Corporation, based in San Diego, has developed an operating system for robots called BrainOS to make that possible. To teach a robot running the software to pick up trash, for example, you would use a remote control to repeatedly guide its gripper to perform that task. After just minutes of repetition, the robot would take the initiative and start doing the…



RFID Gives Robots Better Vision to Locate Items
09/25/14 — Robot vision - and comprehension of what the robot sees - is one of the major sticking points when it comes to household helper robots. But robots don't have to be subject to the limitations of human senses - particularly if they can tap into technologies such as NFC and…

Teacher Resigns After Allegedly Threatening to Have Robot Kill Students
09/25/14 — Oceanside Unified School District officials in San Diego investigated complaints that a teacher threatened to have a robot shoot and kill students, and the educator was allowed to resign and receive a $92,000 settlement instead of being fired.Officials said the prospect of a lengthy and costly state process to terminate…

Robot Octopus Takes to Sea, Swims Faster Than Ever
09/25/14 — Early last year, we wrote up some betentacled research from Greece that explored what gaits were most effective at propelling a robotic octopus through water. The researchers commented that they were working on adding another physical feature flaunted by the biological version of the octopus: a web between their tentacles,…

Robotic Fabric Could Usher in New Era of Soft Robotics
09/25/14 — Researchers are developing a robotic fabric that moves and contracts and is embedded with sensors, an approach that could bring "active clothing" and a new class of "soft" robots. Such an elastic technology could make possible robots that have sensory skin, stretchable robotic garments that people might wear for added…

Harvard’s Soft Exosuit Enhances Soldier Mobility
09/18/14 — Soldiers are used to being weighed down by what they wear, especially when it can add up to 100 pounds or so. But researchers are working on wearable gear that could actually do the opposite, reducing fatigue and the risk of injury when carrying heavy loads. The Defense Advanced Research…

iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum Cleaner Now Customizable
09/18/14 — Imagine a Boston Bruins-themed Roomba vacuum cleaning robot - an autonomous black-and-gold rug Zamboni, if you will, one that puts a hurting on dirt and devours dust-bunnies for lunch.As fanciful as that notion seems, it now may be possible, thanks to a new initiative from iRobot Corp., the Bedford-based company…

Drones with Manipulator Arms Preparing for Work
09/18/14 — A self-organised fleet of autonomous robots could soon replace human fire-fighters, rescuers or construction workers in tasks that could put human lives at risk.The flying robots, equipped with multi-joint manipulator arms, are not a part of a science-fiction movie. They are being developed as part of an EU-funded project and…

Anki Drive Robotic Cars Adding Android Support
09/18/14 — Ever since Anki Drive -- a toy car racing system powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning -- made a big splash at Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote, it's been iOS-only. That ends next month, however, as Anki Drive is finally coming to Android for the first time. Sean Levatino, Anki's…

Autonomous Marine Vehicles Improve Tracking of Phytoplankton
09/18/14 — Four Wave Glider autonomous marine vehicles spent most of 2012 bobbing across the Pacific Ocean and collecting oceanographic measurements. It was a record-setting journey meant to demonstrate the technology and set scientists loose on the data.A recently published study using data from the expedition shows that the platforms could prove…

Tether-less Robot Cheetah Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt
09/18/14 — Researchers at MIT have built a robotic "cheetah" which may not be quite as fast as its feline counterpart but does have the ability to run and jump across a grass field without a tether. The four-legged robot, which can sprint at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour…

Study: Business Leaders Prefer Robot Employees
09/11/14 — America's top business leaders admit that they would rather hire robots then employ humans.A recent survey of Harvard Business School alumni found that 46 percent would rather have robots perform their company's labor then hire people to do the same work. Another 49 percent said their business would rather outsource…

Makr Shakr Robot Bartender to Serve Drinks on Cruise
09/11/14 — There's a new bartender set to sail on Royal Caribbean's next-generation cruise ship - a robotic bartender, to be precise. The Makr Shakr, created by designers at MIT Senseable City Lab, may not indulge stories of your latest break-up or offer philosophical advice as it slides your Moscow Mule across…

US Army Spends $23M on Landmine-Neutralizing Robots
09/11/14 — Finding and neutralizing landmines is a tedious but very dangerous job, so the Army is planning to turn it over to robots. The service's Contracting Command at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., has awarded a nearly $23 million contract to Carnegie Robotics for an Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS) being developed to…

3D Robotics’ Iris+ Drone Follows Your Android Device
09/11/14 — Last year, 3D Robotics announced its Iris quadcopter drone. Like other similar products, it can either be flown manually using radio remote control, or it can use its onboard GPS to autonomously fly between a series of preprogrammed waypoints.[The company has now] announced its successor, the Iris+. Its big feature…

Untethered Soft Robot Can Survive Fire, Snow, Being Hit by Car
09/11/14 — The latest in robotic design is leading to ‘new creatures' that can move without constraint, withstand harsh temperature changes, ambulate over a variety of surfaces and even ‘limbo'. The newest model has recently been let off the leash.The latest 'soft' robot from Professor George M. Whitesides Research Group at Harvard…

Nao Humanoid Robot Learns to Drive Mini BMW Z4
09/11/14 — Aldebaran Robotics' RobotsLAB, maker and seller of the small humanoid robot, Nao, has built a miniature version of the BMW Z4 for the Nao robot to drive around - and it's for sale to consumers already.The Nao robot has made a splash in the educational community - it comes with…

Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum Maps, Cleans Rooms
09/04/14 — It has taken 16 years but James Dyson has achieved one of his dreams: to build a robotic vacuum cleaner. As befits a device of the modern age, it can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app – and reports on where it has been. The Dyson 360 Eye relies…

Expert: Robots Won’t Have Big Impact on Jobs
09/04/14 — Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics mean that machines will soon be able to do many of the tasks of today's workers. And not just blue collar jobs in areas such as manufacturing, but even in such white collar occupations as lawyers, doctors and – gulp – journalists.A new viral…




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