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Rolls-Royce Adding Robot Chauffeurs
10/09/14 — Rolls-Royce is set to join the race to delete the driver – and the chauffeur too. The iconic British luxury car maker is looking to its parent company, BMW, to adopt autonomous driving technologies before the end of the decade. "But we have already autonomous driving – we have chauffeurs," joked Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Muller-Otvos while speaking to Drive at the Paris motor show last week. "Seriously, that certainly fits well within our brand and is maybe even considered the next step towards the effortless driving experience; letting a little robot drive your car in a very smooth and efficient…


Mind-Controlled Robotic Arms Now a Reality
10/09/14 — For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities. In January 2013 a Swedish arm amputee was the first person in the world to receive a prosthesis with a direct connection to bone, nerves and muscles. An article about this achievement and its long-term stability will now be published in the Science Translational Medicine journal. "Going beyond the lab to allow the patient to face real-world challenges is the main contribution of this work," says Max…



Regulators Struggling with the Impact of Accidents Caused by Robots
10/09/14 — How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers? It's a puzzling question facing companies developing a new breed of industrial robots that work alongside humans on the factory floor.Setting limits on the level of pain a robot may (accidentally) inflict on a human is a crucial goal…

Search & Rescue Robots to Help Save Lives in the Alps
10/09/14 — Scientists at the University of Twente are working on robots that are expected to save lives in calamity situations in the Alps. The emphasis within this SHERPA project is on cooperation between human rescue workers, the ground robot ('ground rover') with a robotic arm and flying robots. This week all…

Ebola-Killing Robot ‘Little Moe’ Destroys Virus in Minutes
10/09/14 — Like a real life "Dalek," Dr. Who's robotic nemesis in the British science fiction show, a Texas company's robot is ready to "exterminate." Only this robot, "Little Moe," is trying to exterminate viruses, including perhaps the Ebola virus. "Little Moe" is manufactured by a Texas company called Xenex. The company…

iRobot uPoint App Adds Tablet Control of Defense Robots
10/09/14 — iRobot has more than 6,000 defense and security robots deployed worldwide, with its machines in Japan helping clean up the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and in war zones detecting and disposing of improvised explosive devices. As these robots become more complex and take on a wider variety of tasks, the Bedford,…

NJ Man Arrested After Shooting Down Neighbor’s Drone
10/02/14 — After a New Jersey man spotted his neighbor's camera-equipped drone flying over his house this week, he fetched a shotgun and peppered the drone with holes, knocking it from the sky. Did he have a right to do so?Even though local police arrested the man on unlawful weapons charges, some…

Empire Robotics’ Versaball Gripper Impacting Industrial Robotics
10/02/14 — In the world of robotics, sometimes it’s the small advancements that make the biggest impact. For years, robots in manufacturing environments or production lines have been in cages in order to protect the humans around them. From ReThink Robotics’ Baxtor who works alongside workers in production lines to Universal Robots that…

NASA Building Robot Spacecraft Capture, Redirect Asteroids
10/02/14 — By the end of the decade, NASA will send a robotic spaceship to grab a 40-foot (12-meter) asteroid and bring it close to Earth, placing it in an orbit around the Moon, and then send astronauts in an Orion spaceship to study it. They just published six papers detailing this…

Canadarm2 Robotic Arm to Install Cameras on International Space Station
10/02/14 — Canada's robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, removing the need for astronauts to go outside to do the work themselves, the company announced today.Urthecast plans to place two Earth-facing cameras on the United States side of the station (on Node 3) to…

Robot Taste Tester to Combat Bad Thai Food
10/02/14 — For aficionados of Thailand's spicy national cuisine, the offerings at Thai restaurants outside the Asian kingdom are often disappointingly bland and neutered.But the government in Bangkok is launching a culinary crusade against poor Thai food by unveiling a robotic food taster that will issue a seal of culinary approval for…

3-Year-Old Receives 3D Printed, ‘Iron Man’ Hand for Free
10/02/14 — Three-year-old Rayden Kahae is a happy and loving child, but the boy called "Bubba" has always been different from the rest of the children in his neighborhood.Bubba was born with ABS, also known as Amniotic Band Syndrome, which is where the baby's hands end up without some fingers, some with…

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…

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…

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…




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