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Watch a Giant Robotic Insect Take its First Steps
12/17/14 — A robot that looks like a giant insect is taking its first steps, advancing cautiously on its crutch-like limbs. The six-legged bot, known as Hector, can move each of its legs independently, which allows it to tackle a wider range of surfaces than other similar-bodied robots that typically walk by moving three legs at a time. Using the stick insect as their model, Axel Schneider from Bielefeld University in Germany and his team have developed a lightweight shell attached to legs containing 18 elastic joints to mimic muscles. The legs are programmed to swing or remain still by a few simple rules. Because…


DARPA Releases DeepDive: Open Source AI Technology
12/11/14 — PORTLAND, Ore. — If you wonder what the government has done for you lately, take a look at DeepDive. DeepDive is a free version of IBM's Watson developed in the same Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program as IBM's Watson, but is being made available free and open-source. Although never been pitted against IBM's Watson, DeepDive has gone up against a more fleshy foe: the human being. Result: DeepDive beat or at least equaled humans in the time it took to complete an arduous cataloging task. These were no ordinary humans, but expert human catalogers tackling the same task…



For the Cat with Everything: A Robotic Mouse
12/02/14 — If you thought using a laser pointer was the most high-tech way to screw with you cat, well, then you haven’t seen Mousr. Developed by former University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign electrical engineering students, Mousr very well may be the future of cat toys. The robotic mouse keeps your feline friend…

10 Mind-Blowing Oculus Rift Experiments
11/25/14 — The Oculus Rift’s official consumer release is still months away, but that hasn’t stopped developers from getting excited about the virtual reality headset and forging deeply innovative software that takes full advantage of VR’s breathtaking potential. And it’s not just gaming developers whipping up mind-blowing projects, either.   Although it…

Harvard’s Microrobotics Lab Developing “RoboBees”
11/20/14 — The “Terminator” movies gave us a glimpse of a robot future, and it was pretty scary. The real robots of the future, however, look nothing like Arnold Schwarzenegger. They look like bugs and belt buckles and boats. In fact, some of them are boats. But they do have one thing in common with…

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Robot Masters Karate Kid Crane Stance
11/13/14 — Atlas is back. While the robot itself may be from Google-owned Boston Dynamics, the balance algorithm is from IHMC (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition) who’s worked with the robotics company to get the six foot two biped walking better. IHMC has a strong track record in DARPA’s Robotics Challenge, coming first in…

NASA Team Developing Next-Gen 3D-Scanning Lidar
11/06/14 — Building, fixing, and refueling space-based assets or rendezvousing with a comet or asteroid will require a robotic vehicle and a super-precise, high-resolution 3-D imaging lidar that will generate real-time images needed to guide the vehicle to a target traveling at thousands of miles per hour. A team of technologists at…

MegaBots Launching Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Giant Fighting Robot Project
10/30/14 — Two giant, menacing robots march toward each other, blasting missiles and six-inch projectiles at over 100 mph... No, it’s not science fiction, it’s what a Somerville company plans on making reality. Part Transformers, part blockbuster movie “Real Steel” come to life, MegaBots is launching a Kickstarter campaign today to help fund the…

Jazz-Singing Humanoid Robot Wows in Tokyo
10/23/14 — Who says you need soul to sing jazz? A humanoid robot vocalist was the centerpiece of an ensemble serenading onlookers at the Marunouchi Building near Tokyo Station on Wednesday. Viewed from a distance, the band looked like a regular quartet. Up close, the alluring female singer proved to be an…

Search & Rescue Robots to Help Save Lives in the Alps
10/09/14 — Scientists at the University of Twente are working on robots that are expected to save lives in calamity situations in the Alps. The emphasis within this SHERPA project is on cooperation between human rescue workers, the ground robot ('ground rover') with a robotic arm and flying robots. This week all…

Robot Taste Tester to Combat Bad Thai Food
10/02/14 — For aficionados of Thailand's spicy national cuisine, the offerings at Thai restaurants outside the Asian kingdom are often disappointingly bland and neutered.But the government in Bangkok is launching a culinary crusade against poor Thai food by unveiling a robotic food taster that will issue a seal of culinary approval for…

Robotic Fabric Could Usher in New Era of Soft Robotics
09/25/14 — Researchers are developing a robotic fabric that moves and contracts and is embedded with sensors, an approach that could bring "active clothing" and a new class of "soft" robots. Such an elastic technology could make possible robots that have sensory skin, stretchable robotic garments that people might wear for added…

Tether-less Robot Cheetah Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt
09/18/14 — Researchers at MIT have built a robotic "cheetah" which may not be quite as fast as its feline counterpart but does have the ability to run and jump across a grass field without a tether. The four-legged robot, which can sprint at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour…

3D Robotics’ Iris+ Drone Follows Your Android Device
09/11/14 — Last year, 3D Robotics announced its Iris quadcopter drone. Like other similar products, it can either be flown manually using radio remote control, or it can use its onboard GPS to autonomously fly between a series of preprogrammed waypoints.[The company has now] announced its successor, the Iris+. Its big feature…

DARPA Wants Robots That Build Satellites in Space
09/03/14 — In five years the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to launch a robotic servicing mission to inspect, fix, refuel or move satellites in geostationary Earth orbit. In order to move that plan along, the research agency today issued a Request for Information (RFI) calling on commercial and private…

Robird Flying Scarecrow Frightens Real Birds
08/28/14 — First there were electronic sheepdogs. Now flapping robotic drones disguised as birds of prey could act as another form of futuristic farming device, thanks to a Dutch inventor and his flying machine. The two models being developed might confuse birdwatchers from a distance as they are designed to resemble a…

1,000 Kilobot Swarm Shows the Future of Robotics
08/21/14 — The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. "Form a sea star shape," directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. "Now form…

Engineers Designing More Agile Robotic Legs for Uneven Ground
08/14/14 — Horses and other animals inspire new designs for smarter, faster, more agile robotic legs. One of the major challenges in robotics is designing robots that can move over uneven, loose or unexpected terrain.With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), computer engineer Luther Palmer and his team at the Biomorphic…

Researchers Developing Mind-Controlled Robotic Legs
08/06/14 — Thought-controlled robotic legs may still seem like the stuff of sci-fi, but for a group of scientists at the University of Houston in Texas, it is already a reality. A research group led by electrical and computer engineering expert Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal is working on a brain-machine interface that could…

Learn How 3D Printing has Revolutionized Manufacturing
07/30/14 — FISHER/UNITECH, a top reseller of SolidWorks 3D design software and Stratasys 3D Printers, will host a technical counsel on the advancement of 3D printing on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Automation Alley, located at 2675 Bellingham Dr. in Troy, MI.  FISHER/UNITECH has partnered with Stratasys Corp and…




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