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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…

Robots as Major Appliances in Every Home
04/16/12 — Within a decade, personal robots could become as common in U.S. homes as any other major appliance, and many if not most of these machines will be able to perform innumerable tasks not explicitly imagined by their manufacturers. This opens up a wider world of personal robotics, in which machines…

Robosquirrel vs. Rattlesnakes
04/13/12 — Los Angeles, CA—The Los Angeles Times reports that scientists from the University of California, Davis, and San Diego State University have released a video of a rattlesnake attacking a robotic squirrel. The video was made by Rulon Clark, a biology professor at San Diego State who is trying to determine…

DARPA Seeks Robot Enthusiasts to Face Off for $2M Prize
04/12/12 — Hardware, software, modeling and gaming developers sought to link with emergency response and science communities to design robots capable of supervised autonomous response to simulated disaster     As iconic symbols of the future, robots rank high with flying cars and starships, but basic robots are already in use in emergency response,…

Adept Robotics for Better Shaves
04/11/12 — PLEASANTON, CA--When Philips, a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting products, decided to build an assembly line capable of manufacturing their current line of high-tech shavers and support any future redesigns, they turned to Adept Technology (Nasdaq:ADEP) as their supplier of robotics and flexible feeding systems. The combined expertise…

We, Robot 2012
04/10/12 — Coral Gables, FL—University of Miami School of Law, We Robot 2012: Setting the Agenda, on April 21 and 22.Does sex with robots need consent? Is the automation of law enforcement eroding individual privacy and due process rights? Who shoulders the criminal responsibility when machines kill? Such social and legal issues…

Hygienic Robots Getting More Food Prep Jobs
04/10/12 — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in six people in the United States gets sick from eating contaminated food each year. Foodborne illness is blamed for about 3,000 deaths annually. With 19 states currently in a sushi Salmonela alert and memories still fresh on Germany’s deadly…

ST Robotics Introduces New Bench-top Robotic Arm
04/09/12 — PRINCETON, NJ—ST Robotics announced the introduction of their new R12 6-axis, vertically articulated robot arm self-contained, industrial robot. The system can be unpacked and programmed in just a few hours. Applications include testing, sample handling and machine feeding. ST’s R12-six, although shipping into the industrial robotics market, is thoroughly capable…

Tobii Receives $21M in Funding Round Led by Intel Capital
03/20/12 —   Tobii Technology, the global leader in eye tracking and gaze interaction, announced today that it has closed a USD $21M funding round. New investor Intel Capital joins existing investors Amadeus Capital, Investor Growth Capital and Northzone Ventures. The funding will be used to continue R&D investments in core technology…

Robotic Pet and Allergy Vacuum Cleaner Unveiled
03/19/12 —   Neato Robotics, a Silicon Valley company that pioneers new technologies and products to free people from household chores, announced a new automatic vacuum cleaner that's designed especially for pet owners and allergy sufferers. The Neato XV-21, which works on all floor types, includes a new bristled brush to improve…

New Educational Software Respond to Students’ Emotions in Real Time
03/15/12 —   Emotion-sensing software that models and responds to students' cognitive and emotional states – including frustration and boredom – has been developed by University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Psychology Sidney D'Mello and colleagues from the University of Memphis and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. D'Mello also is a concurrent…

Texas Instruments and iRobot Announce Alliance
03/12/12 —   Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) and iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in robotic technology-based solutions, today announced a partnership to develop robotic technologies using TI’s smart multicore OMAP platform. The relationship stems from the companies’ shared vision to create intelligent and practical robots capable of enhancing people’s…

iRobot Announces New Appointments, Strategic Realignment
02/29/12 —   iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in developing robotic technology-based solutions, this week announced a strategic realignment of the company into three newly formed business units focused on home robots, military robots, and emerging technologies. Led by Jeffrey Beck as chief operating officer (COO), the three business units will…

Drexel Engineering Research Showcases Seven Adult-Sized Humanoid Robots
02/29/12 —   A gala event in February introduced all seven of the Korean HUBO robots to the Drexel University community. The robots’ presence -together in one place- is a unique event that serves as a key milestone for a nationwide, collaborative robotics research effort funded by the National Science Foundation. Each robot…

FIRST and VEX Robotics to Participate in Upcoming Online Conference
02/17/12 —   More and more children are participating in STEM programs and robotics competitions in the schools, preparing many for engineering studies and robotics careers down the road. And it's a good thing, because robotics is taking off as a solid job opportunity. In fact, according to a recent study, hiring…

c-Link Systems and Technical School Enter Phase 2 of Robotics in the Classroom
02/09/12 —   A project undertaken by c-Link Systems has moved into a second phase. In Phase 2 we were looking at the existing equipment for the classroom CIM project. The current equipment from the mechanical side would do the job satisfactorily. The control electronics was in mediocre or non-functioning condition. The…

CoroWare Announces ROS Upgrade Offer for Corobot Classic and Explorer Owners
01/31/12 — CoroWare, Inc. announced a new upgrade offer for existing CoroBot Classic and CoroBot Explorer unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) customers. These upgrades will help bring earlier CoroBot UGV models up to date, and will enable a new class of CoroBot applications based on the Robotic Operating System (ROS) from Willow Garage.…

New Consumer-Centric Self-Checkout Robots to Debut at Trade Event
01/17/12 —   ECR Software Corporation (ECRS) will introduce a new generation of consumer-centric self-checkout robots during the 2012 National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention and Expo. Visitors to ECRS's "Elevating the Consumer Experience" showcase booth will be able to experience firsthand the ease-of-use, ergonomic design, and intuitive transaction set provided with…




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