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ArcBotics’ Sparki Aims to Spark Students’ Interest in Robotics
05/09/13 — Forget about getting a dog. This Sparki will fetch and play ball, and it never barks. Sparki is a small, boxy robot that with a bit of programming know-how will even play a game of chase-the-flashlight-beam. The brain behind Sparki is a tiny Cambridge start-up called ArcBotics, whose founders have…

NSF Program Aims to Democratize Robot Manufacturing
04/24/13 — This project, funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Expeditions in Computing Program, envisions a future in which 3-D robotic systems can be produced and designed using 2-D desktop technology fabrication methods. If this feat is achieved, it would be possible for the average person to design, customize and print a…

Consumer Robotics Market to Reach $6.5 Billion in 2017
04/18/13 — The market for consumer robots was $1.6 billion in 2012, dominated by the task and entertainment segments. This will grow to $6.5 billion in 2017 and will still be dominated by the same segments, with security/telepresence becoming more of a significant third segment. iRobot is still the main player, but…

Hoverfly Founds Aerial Robotics Industry Association
04/11/13 — It’s official: Hoverfly Technologies Inc., which makes flight control systems for drone aircraft equipped with video cameras for military, engineering and inspection applications, has formed the Aerial Robotics Industry Association, the company announced April 4.  The company also plans to create a certification for pilots using the unmanned aircraft for filming. ARIA’s goal…

Robots Communicate, Solve Problems More Easily with MyRobots’ “Alerts”
04/04/13 — MyRobots.com is introducing Alerts! Effective immediately, you can now define alerts for all your robots so they can react to their environment and signal you if there is anything worth your attention. What is an alert? In MyRobots.com terms, an alert is a message sent once a certain condition is reached by your…

ESA Gathers Data for Docking Robotic Spacecraft from Consumer Drone Owners
03/28/13 — A free ESA app released this month turns a popular iPhone-controlled ‘home drone’ into a spacecraft. The augmented reality game lets owners of Parrot AR.Drone quadcopters attempt dockings with a simulated International Space Station while flying their drones for real – in the process helping to improve robotic rendezvous methods.…

Robotic Tour Guides Catch on in Australia
03/21/13 — They look like giant chess pieces - one black pawn, another white, slowly making their way around the museum with dozens of online visitors. The CSIRO-built robots come packed with high definition technology, visiting a selection of exhibits. The tours are accessed by schools and libraries around Australia that are already connected…

Hitachi’s Robotic Car Aids Mobility Challenged City Dwellers
03/14/13 — Hitachi has unveiled its Ropits single passenger robot car, which looks like a Fisher Price Cozy Coupe for adults and does the driving all on its own. The name and style prompt one to think of a science fiction contraption, but it’s the vehicle’s autonomic functionality that truly brings the…

New Open-Source 3D Robotics Software Ideal for Research and Teaching
03/06/13 — Since 2011, several labs have been working on robotics technology middleware and a software framework for robot software development, better known as Robot Operating Systems (ROS) that implement simulation solutions for Multi Open Robots Simulator Engine (MORSE). MORSE is an open-source project rendering robots in a 3D environment. It is…

MIT Students Improve Grasping for Personal Robots
02/28/13 — Many commercial robotic arms perform what roboticists call "pick and place" tasks: The arm picks up an object in one location and places it in another. Usually, the objects—say, automobile components along an assembly line—are positioned so that the arm can easily grasp them; the appendage that does the grasping…

Student Attends School Via Robot
02/21/13 — In a school hallway, a U.S. teacher takes her students to the library, leading a single-file line of giggling boys and girls that's perfectly ordinary until you get to a sleek white robot with a video screen showing the face of a smiling, chubby-cheeked boy. Devon Carrow's life-threatening allergies don't…

Summit’s 60” Robotic Mower Tackles Big Hills with Ease
02/14/13 — To compliment their line-up of heavy duty robotic lawn mowers, Summit is introducing the TRX-60 as the largest in its class. With its large rubber track footprint combined with a low center of gravity, the TRX-60 is ideal for mowing hills too steep for traditional zero-turns. Owners of the smaller…

Auto Mee S Cleans Smartphones and Tablets
02/07/13 — Takara Tomy Company, Ltd., the Japanese toy company, recently released a tiny cleaning robot, called the “Auto Mee S”, designed for cleaning smartphone and tablet LCD displays. We all hate using a smartphone or tablet when the screen's covered in greasy fingerprints. But normally it's a situation that's easy to…

Robotic Dog Simulator Trains Tomorrow’s Veterinarians
01/31/13 — Cornell’s new simulation center includes two fully equipped exam rooms, two rooms for live video-feed observation and debriefing, and space for storage and developing new models, such as a new robotic cat and a more advanced dog. In the 10-minute simulations, a small team of students collects basic patient info…

Pint-Sized Service Robot on Wheels Massages as it Roams
01/24/13 — WheeMe is a massage robot that moves gently on your body to provide the most realistic massaging experience. It was developed by the Israeli company, DreamBots, and recently shown off at CES 2013. This palm-sized massage robot has two arm sticks on its top to sense the edges of the body. It also includes a tilt sensor technology to automatically…

60 Minutes Robotics Segment Stirs Controversy
01/16/13 — “There are two sides to every story; the truth inevitably resides somewhere in between.”—ancient proverb There is no question that rapidly advancing robot and AI technology are enabling companies to bring back work previously done overseas, especially in China. At the same time, they are eliminating the need for human…

New Lego Mindstorms Communicate with Apple Devices
01/10/13 — Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit. Lego is set to announce Monday that a new, $350 Mindstorms EV3 kit will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through Bluetooth wireless connections.…

Samsung to Debut New Robotics Vacuum Cleaner at CES 2013
01/03/13 — Samsung revealed yesterday its latest robotic vacuum cleaner -- the Smart Tango Corner Clean -- just a week before a potential CES debut. Due to the inclusion of appendages, the latest robotic vacuum from Samsung might give pause to prospective buyers of Roomba or Neato devices. According to Samsung, its…




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