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Robotics Works on the Perfect Cookie
01/22/14 — Computers have changed how we do most things, but they’ve also brought changes to the culture as a whole. One example of that shift — the embrace of data analytics in all things — is epitomized by a new invention by computer programmer and science hobbyist Ben Krasnow: the Cookie Perfection…

The BBQ’s Best Friend: Grillbot
01/13/14 — Enrich the life of every professional or backyard griller and barbecue lover on your holiday gift list with the latest advancement in cleaning technology known as Grillbot.  When the grilling is done and the beer is poured why does the chef have to be stuck scrubbing the barbecue? Instead of struggling with the…

All of Mom’s Lessons, in Robot Form
01/08/14 — The electronic device with wireless connectivity can transform any object in the home into a smart one. It can detect unexpected activity at the front door, keep track of watering of plants, and even ensure family members take their medicine or brush their teeth. Designed by the French startup Sen.se, it is called simply…

High School Robotics Team Builds Hand for 4 Year Old
12/24/13 — A Michigan high school robotics team just changed 4-year-old Harmony Taylor's life by giving her a new hand. The robotics team at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, Mich., built a robohand for the local preschooler over the course of the past six weeks using a 3D printer, according to Michigan…

Double Robot Allows Injured Student to Attend Classes, Rehabilitation
12/18/13 — HAVEN, Kan. (AP) — Tuesday was the first time 16-year-old Kolton Kincaid, who was paralyzed in a farm accident last month, was able to roam the halls of Haven High School again — even though he's still undergoing rehabilitation in Denver. Yep, the Haven High School student was in two places at once. Students at…

ABB’s SMART Education Package Brings Robots to Class
12/11/13 — AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (December 9, 2013) - ABB Robotics has introduced the SMART Education Package available to qualifying schools to help educate and provide hands-on training to students on the basics of manufacturing automation technology, and the programming, safe operation and maintenance of industrial robots. The SMART (software, maintenance and…

Robot Animals Take Over
12/04/13 — This week, robots from the finest robo-research institutions in Europe are descending on London's Science Museum for a one-off exhibition called Robot Safari. Unlike industrial robots, all the robots on this unique safari use the principles of animal movement to find new ways of overcoming engineering problems. We went to…

“Team ReWalk” Uses Exoskeletons for Generosity 5K
11/27/13 — Released two years ago, the ReWalk powered exoskeleton allows wheelchair users to walk upright again – albeit with the additional help of a pair of crutches. This past Sunday (Nov. 17), a group of ReWalk users from around the world got together in New York City, where they used their exoskeletons to…

One Litterer’s Trash is This Robot’s Teaching Tool
11/20/13 — Picking up litter and putting it in its proper place, whether that's the trash can or the recycle bin, ought to be second nature for all of us by now, but it's obvious that there are still a lot of litterbugs trashing our planet. So aside from trying to educate…

What SociBot Lacks in Limb Is Made Up for in Personality
11/13/13 — Full-bodied humanoid robots are undeniably fascinating, but why pay for the lower part of the body if you don't need it? For that matter, why pay for the arms if you don't need them, either? That's the thinking behind the SociBot and SociBot-Mini interactive robots, which we just "met" at the International…

‘Ender’s Game’ Stars Current Robot as Surgeon of the Future
11/06/13 — University of Washington doctoral student Hawkeye King walked upstairs to get coffee on an ordinary spring morning in 2012. Blake Hannaford, his adviser and a UW electrical engineering professor, was ahead of him in line. “Did you hear about the Hollywood thing?” Hannaford asked. King recalls saying, “No, but I’m in.” Hannaford went…

Play-i 3D-Printed Robots Crack Open Coding for Kids
10/30/13 — Robots created with 3-D printers are coming and they’re going to teach kids how to code. While this may sound like the trailer for an upcoming sci-fi flick, it’s actually the brainchild of a tiny Sunnyvale, Calif.-based startup packed with dads who just happen to be former execs from the…

Anki Drive Rolls Out to the Public
10/24/13 — There's something about controlling a racing robot with a smartphone in your hand that makes you forget everything else around you. Isn't that what games are supposed to do? With Anki's new "Drive," you pretty much zone everything else out, as you race your car around the track, shooting your competition, which…

New Robotic Stroller, Swing, and Car Seat for Your Baby
10/16/13 — High-end baby products maker 4moms has been hinting all year about new products in its pipeline, and this week at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, CEO Rob Daley finally revealed the big secret — a swing, a car seat and a smaller stroller. For those unfamiliar with the company, 4moms is the Strip…

Make a DIY Robot with the Moti Smart Motor
10/09/13 — Here’s another project aiming to make DIY robotics as easy as child’s play. Moti is a smartphone-controlled smart motor, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, that can be attached to everyday objects like cardboard boxes or more elaborate 3D printed creations to let kids (or big kids) build robots that are controlled via a smartphone app. Think…

Robots, the New Classroom Helpers
10/09/13 — Something cute and pocket-size is showing up in schools all over the world this fall. No, it’s not Flat Stanley. It’s Sparki, the newest robot from ArcBotics . In 2011, ArcBotics co-founder Joe Schlesinger decided to develop relatively inexpensive robots as teaching tools. First off the drawing board was Hexy the Hexapod, which, among other…

You Can Now 3D Print and Customize Your Very Own Robot
10/02/13 — Robots are part of our everyday lives, but they're boring — relegated to menial jobs likescrubbing your floor, vacuuming it or just zig-zagging all over it. Sure, droid-like mechanical humans like the Asimo pop up now and then, but they're big, expensive corporate toys, not something everyone can buy. Where are our household robots? The 21st…

Step Into the Future with this Robotic Exoskeleton
09/25/13 — Imagine strapping an exoskelton strength enhancer to your ankle like a shoe. That's exactly what you will to be able do from 2015, thanks to Yaskawa Electric. The Japanese company plans to be the first in the world to sell exoskeletons to the general public from 2015. The first device…




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