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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…

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…




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