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Double Robotics Introduces Affordable Telepresence
08/15/12 — Telepresence robots have been a tough sell in the business world. With a number of products emerging about the time of the U.S. economic collapse, updating office space wasn’t worth the price point involved. And telepresence robots are still expensive, costing an average of $8,000. But California-based Double Robotics is…

3D Systems Creates Printable Robots for Kids
08/01/12 — 3D Systems Corporation is bringing 3D printing to robotics with a new Cubify store “app” for making robots. The 3D printing company announced today the immediate availability of its new Cubify toy robots designed specifically for printing on Cube, the world's first home 3D printer. The Cubify 3D printer runs on…

Crafts Teach Robotics: Hummingbird Kit for School Kids
07/18/12 — Kids in classrooms get to spend time on arts and crafts, and if they're really lucky they get to spend time working on electronics and robotics. But what if the two were combined, and the artistic side of a kid could be expressed by what they made their craft do,…

Robotic Cardboard Claw Project Eases Chores Less
07/17/12 — It's amazing how a few straight forward household and garden chores can leave your back feeling a little sore. Weed picking, tidying, vacuuming or fishing stray socks from underneath the sofa, which can all affect the small of your back. Fortunately there are technology projects out there which could not…

AIBO Reborn As A Walking iPhone Canine
07/03/12 — Ever wonder what the children would look like if an iPhone mated with the AIBO robot dog? It turns out that you won't have to wait long to find out. Bandai is about to release a cute little robot dog that uses the iPhone as its head and brain, while…

The Robot Mannequin that Mimics You
06/27/12 — Professor Maarja Kruusmaa  working alongside Fits.me COO Diana Saarva has created a virtual fitting room which enables users to virtually try on clothes before buying them. All told, the robot is capable of replicating 2,000 body shapes. When a retailer signs up with Fits.me, they first send in their clothes. Each…

Galileo Robotic Stand Lets You Pan and Tilt an iPhone Remotely
06/15/12 — LapTop.com--Communication using an iPhone is tricky since, when mounted, the device usually limits your view to a stationary frame with no context of the elements outside of the shot. That’s where the Galileo robotic stand can help. This Kickstarter success story is an iOS-controlled mount — a product conceived by…

Smart Dog: Robotic Canine Obeys Smartphone
06/14/12 — Major Japanese toy manufacturer Takara Tomy is developing a new breed of robotic dogs. Similar to the company’s i-SOBOT humanoid robot, the i-SODOG also features several joints fitted with custom designed servo motors and comes with a dedicated remote control. However, the i-SODOG can also be controlled via your smartphone.…

Google’s Robot Auto Has New Rival in RoboCar HV
06/12/12 — ResponseJP—Last year, Tokyo-based robot venture ZMP introduced the RoboCar MEV mini car, single-person, 4-wheeled, autonomous, electric robotic vehicle. For 2012, ZMP has topped itself with robot car that this time really looks like a car. Watch out Google! The Robocar HV, based, according to Response JP, on the Toyota Prius,…

Who Is To Blame When A Robotic Car Crashes?
06/11/12 — Society must make two big leaps in order to enable truly self-driving cars. The first is technological. Engineers need to improve today’s cars (which can warn a driver that he’s drifting out of his lane) beyond current Google and Darpa prototypes (which maintain the lane on their own) to the…

Robotic Jogging Companion: Joggobot
06/07/12 — Times of India—Let’s face it – jogging is one of the best forms of exercise, but sometimes it can get incredibly boring. Jogging is certainly an activity that’s better with a partner, but not all of us have the luxury of a jogging buddy who can join us at a…

Open Source Movement Powers Up Robotics Foundation
05/31/12 — It had always been the intention of the open source movement to create an independent body that could take open source robotics and grow it. Growing it meant to push it out beyond its place of nurturing and early maturity, which was Willow Garage. Now the intention has become reality…

Robotic Guitar Can Replace Three Guitarists
05/25/12 — We already know that musically inclined robots will take up the Beatles mantle in the future, and that they are skilled at reproducing the classic James Bond theme. But just to further show how obsolete human musicians are, Vladimir Demin (MrDeminva on YouTube) built a robotic guitar that can replace…

Robots Compete in Big Weekend Tournament
05/18/12 — MarlboroughPatch—Students from Marlborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury and Westborough high schools will join 48 robotics teams from throughout the Northeast to compete in the 13th Annual BattleCry Robotics Competition at WPI in Worcester on May 18 and 19. They'll see which robots can shoot basketballs the best, balance on a Teeter-Totter or…

Wii-Controlled Robot Pets Cat
05/14/12 — The bot, a Nao model hacked by clever software developer Taylor Veltrop , is controlled with a Nintendo Wiimote, a Microsoft Kinect, a head-mounted display and a treadmill. The setup is perfect for that special someone in your life who loves animals but is constantly stymied by crippling pet dander…

Robotic Planes, Tractors Loom Behind Autonomous Cars
05/04/12 — Mary Cummings, a professor of aeronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was interviewed today at Wired's Disruptive by Design conference in New York, where she offered her views on the state of the art in autonomous vehicles. The work of Google and automakers has shown how cars can drive…

Navy’s New Cutting-Edge Robotics Lab
04/17/12 — White House: Office of Science and Technology—Today, at a ceremony with OSTP Director John P. Holdren, the Naval Research Laboratory opened the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR), a new facility located at the NRL’s main site in Washington, D.C.  NRL has served the Navy and the Nation for almost…

New Generation of Robots Poised to Transform Global Agriculture
04/16/12 — “We’ve started with a clean sheet of paper”, commented Blackmore. “We’re re-evaluating the whole approach to agriculture. At the moment, crops are drilled in straight rows to suit machines, but what if they were drilled to follow the contours of the land, or to take account of the micro level…




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