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Facebook Buying Solar-Powered Drones to Provide Global Internet
03/06/14 — Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who still lack connectivity, is in talks with a company that could help further that agenda. TechCrunch is hearing that Facebook is buying Titan Aerospace, makers…

Ping Pong Legend Taking on World’s Fastest Robot
02/26/14 — Everyone knows that the robots can already beat the best the human race can offer at chess, Jeopardy, probably global thermonuclear war etc. But for games of agility, until now the human athlete has in general retained his or her superiority. But that's set to change, as a powerful German…

RobotsLAB Launches STEM BOT 3D
02/26/14 — RobotsLAB, the educational robotics company is launching at FETC conference in Orlando, FL a new robotics curriculum - STEM BOT 3D. Although it doesn’t look like, it's actually 3D printed. When you look at the skeleton you can actually see this is a 3D printed robot. This is a new curriculum…

Robotic Kiosk Finds Home in Frozen Yogurt Market
02/21/14 — Allan Jones believes his robotic kiosk could be a disrupter. Just like Redbox's DVD dispensers replaced the once-ubiquitous brick-and-mortar Blockbuster video stores with lower prices and lower overhead, the Daniel Island inventor believes his Berkeley County company, Robofusion, could do much the same thing to frozen yogurt stores. Allan Jones…

Robotics Lawnmower Powered by Grass
02/06/14 — Although we’re still in the dead of winter at this point, spring is fast approaching, which means that in just a few short months, you’ll have to venture outside, blow the dust off your lawnmower, and resume the weekly routine of taming your overgrown grass. For some, this is an…

Spruce Up Your Workspace with a Robotic Arm?
01/28/14 — A team of “robot maniacs” have developed a desktop robotic arm. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, the uArm is a 4-axis, parallel-mechanism robot arm inspired by the ABB PalletPack robot that is available in either acrylic or wood. “When people used to talk about robotics, they thought about expensive and complicated machines,”…

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…




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