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U.S. Dept. of Transportation Launches Major Test of Innovative Vehicle Safety Technology
09/22/11 — The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the University of Michigan will conduct a road safety field trial in Ann Arbor, MI using innovative technology equipment in everyday vehicles in a real-time environment. This advanced technology will be tested in a major study over the course of a year, and…

Virtual Assistant Replaces Vehicle Owner’s Manuals
09/01/11 —   The avatar, which is tasked with explaining how to operate the vehicle, like a richly interactive owner’s manual, forms part of a system called AViCoS, developed as part of a three-year research project. The Department of Process and System Integration for Electrical and Electronic Systems of the Audi AG…

Willow Garage Announces Availability of New PR2 Robot for $200,000
08/15/11 —   Willow Garage announced today the availability of a modified PR2 robot, the world's most advanced personal robot platform. In response to a burgeoning PR2 community Willow Garage is now offering its personal robot platform with a single arm for $285,000. The model will be known as PR2 SE. With…

Army Seeks Robotics Breakthroughs with Education
08/03/11 —   On the battlefield, robots perform duties to help keep soldiers out of harm’s way. Robots are taken to extreme environments and put through the paces navigating rubble-strewn roads and removing identified threats, a prepared statement from the Army noted.  On a hot June day in Michigan, several robots simply…

Volkswagen Debuts “Temporary Auto Pilot”
07/12/11 —   At the final presentation of the EU research project HAVEit (Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold, Executive Director Volkswagen Group Research, presented the “Temporary Auto Pilot” by Volkswagen: Monitored by the driver, the car can drive semi-automatically up to a speed of 130 kilometres per…

Student-Made Robots Sink or Swim at RoboSub Competition
07/08/11 —   Later this month, more than 200 students from 30 schools in seven countries will converge with their self-guided robotic submarines on the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in California for the 14th International RoboSub Competition. The stakes? Up to $20,000 in cash prizes and bragging rights to the…

Tokyo University Adapts “Love Doll” Robot for Dental Training
07/05/11 —   Just as the recent code release of Microsoft Kinect software gave robotics developers a shortcut to creating autonomous robotics applications, Tokyo's Showa University has taken a shortcut to creating a dental-training robot with realistic features and reflexes, by adapting a so-called "love doll" robot. Dental training robots are not…

LG’S HOM-BOT Receives Design Recognition
06/23/11 —   LG Electronics’ HOM-BOT Smart Vacuum Cleaning Robot was recognized as a finalist at the 7th Annual Invention and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA). A co-sponsored activity between the International Federation of Robotics and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the purpose of the IERA award is to…

NASA And DARPA Launch New Zero Robotics Student Challenge
06/20/11 —   A new challenge for high school students, the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, SPHERES, is being offered via NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in cooperation with MIT. The 2011 Zero Robotics challenge is a continuation and expansion of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)…

NASA Announces Lunabotics Mining Competition Winners
06/03/11 — In a challenge aimed at stimulating interest in robotics and related scientific disciplines as well as exploring the skills and technologies that will be required for future mining operations on the moon, some 36 student teams gathered at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida from May 26-28.  During…

Students’ Robots Fly, Roll, Talk, and Learn to be Useful
06/01/11 —   Someday you may have a personal robot to help around the house. It will move smoothly from room to room, avoiding obstacles, people and pets. It will pack your suitcases, clear the table and do the dishes. It might even be programmed to assign chores to the kids or…

Analysis: Willow Garage Makes TurtleBot Hardware Open Source
05/26/11 — Most of us are familiar with open source software. That is, free code, which, depending on the specific type of license, legally enables developers to create alterations. Willow Garage has already gone the open source route with its Robotic Operating System (Read RT’s analysis of the move). Now the company…

iRobot Takes Fourth Place on The Globe 100 List
05/25/11 —   iRobot recently earned a number four ranking in the Boston Globe’s annual list of top-rated Massachusetts companies. Three other companies, Clean Harbors, Analog Devices, and IPG Photonics, earned a higher place on the technologically heavy list. This year, companies that made the Globe 100 list were “being honored for…

RoboDynamics Introduces Mass-Market Personal Robot
05/20/11 — RoboDynamics introducted Luna, a mainstream consumer personal robot, dubbed “the iPad of robots” by technology journalists. The Luna system will also encompass a native app store, standard PC architecture, an open Linux-based operating system, touchscreen display, WiFi, and multiple tactically located standard USB based expansion ports allowing for expansion. RoboDynamics…

Robotics Camps Pique Student Interest in STEM and industrial robots
05/04/11 — The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), a National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence in advanced technological education, is offering several robotics camps for middle school students this summer, and is expanding its program to offer a first time ever industrial robot camp for high school students as well.…

LEGO Education Models go into Orbit with Space Shuttle Endeavor
04/28/11 — LEGO Education, a division of the company that makes the popular Mindstorms line of robots, announced it will send 13 LEGO Education models to the International Space Station (ISS) on board the Space Shuttle Endeavor on April 29. The models will be used in eight educational activities that will be…

South Korean Telecom Unveils Robot Playmate for Kids
04/21/11 —   South Korean telecom operator KT has rolled out a robot playmate for children in a move seen as cashing in on the potentially lucrative robotics industry. Kibot, which has a monkey face and a display panel on its body, can read books, sing songs, play online games, and wheel…

New iPad Game Release Lets You Create Imaginary Robot Company
04/20/11 —   A new iPad game release called Robot Tycoon lets players build and manage a virtual robot factory. Available for $4.99 at Apple’s App Store, the game gives players total control of their imaginary companies. In the process, they encounter challenges on every aspect of the business and must carefully…




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