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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 Projects Agency just awarded a $2.9 million grant to Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to continue its work on the Soft Exosuit, which is pretty much what it sounds like - an exoskeleton made of soft, comfortable fabric combined with some robotics that assists the leg muscles…


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 that makes a variety of robot products, from ones that can perform household chores to others that can military personnel can use to perform battlefield reconnaissance.One popular item from iRobot is the Roomba, a vacuum-cleaning robot.In a media heads-up Tuesday, iRobot said it has partnered with a company called ColorWare.…



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…

UC San Diego Launching New Robotics Institute
09/04/14 — With many robotics companies and a call for the FAA to designate the region an unmanned aerial vehicle center of excellence, San Diego has been making a big push in the past few months to become the center of the rapidly expanding drone industry.The University of California, San Diego and…

New UK Hospital Enlists AGVs to Deliver Meals to Patients
09/04/14 — Southmead Hospital, a new £430million hospital in England, has deployed a fleet of 12 automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to deliver meals to its 950 patients. The droids, which start work at 10.15 every morning, are capable of opening doors, operating lifts and picking up food without any human assistance. They…

DARPA Wants Robots That Build Satellites in Space
09/03/14 — In five years the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to launch a robotic servicing mission to inspect, fix, refuel or move satellites in geostationary Earth orbit. In order to move that plan along, the research agency today issued a Request for Information (RFI) calling on commercial and private…

Drone Tracks Cell Phones to Find Survivors of Natural Disasters
09/03/14 — A drone makes large circles in the sky. With two powerful antennas, it sniffs the data packets emitted by mobile phones. On the ground, an interface developed specifically for this project makes it possible to track the flight of a small robotic aircraft in real time from a computer. Colored…

Robo Brain Helps Robots Learn Skills Using the Internet
08/28/14 — A super-intelligent robotic "brain" that can learn new skills by browsing millions of web pages has been developed by US researchers. Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube. The information it learns can then be accessed…

Are Meteorologists Immune to the Robot Revolution?
08/28/14 — In a recent study from MIT labor economist David Autor, he pointed out that most of us are safe from having our jobs stolen away by robots, due to the fundamental way humans are 'creative' and have 'common sense'. With a job that depends heavily on computer models already, it might…




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