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Robotic Laser System Selectively Removes Paint Coatings from Aircraft
11/28/12 — Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) of Johnstown, Pa., are working with the Air Force Research Laboratory and Ogden Air Logistics Center 309 AMXG to develop and demonstrate a robotic system that uses high-powered lasers to remove coatings from fighter and cargo aircraft.…

Window Cleaning Robot Can Handle Any Building Configuration
11/21/12 — The R2D2 of window cleaners rolled its way up the side of Dubai’s Dusit Thani Hotel yesterday to show off its polishing prowess for an audience of investors and municipality officials. And the audience – apart from window cleaning companies that rely more on flesh and blood to get the…

NASA Controls LEGO Robot from Space
11/14/12 — NASA and the European Space Agency say they have successfully tested an interplanetary communications protocol, with astronauts on the International Space Station using it to control a Lego robot in Germany. The protocol is called Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), and one of its creators is Vint Cerf, who helped come…

Robotdalen Accepting Submissions for the International Robotdalen Innovation Award
11/05/12 — Robotdalen, the Swedish innovation cluster, is on a mission to enable commercial success of new ideas and research within robotics and automation. The Robotdalen initiative is currently accepting submissions for the 2013 Robotdalen Innovation Award.  The winners of the international robotics competition will receive hands-on help from the Swedish robotics…

Autonomous Quadcopter Avoids Obstacles Like a Bird
10/31/12 — Cornell researchers have created an autonomous flying robot that is as smart as a bird when it comes to maneuvering around obstacles. Able to guide itself through forests, tunnels or damaged buildings, the machine could have tremendous value in search-and-rescue operations. Small flying machines are already common, and GPS technology…

Japan Produces Its Own Bot to Inspect Fukushima Plant
10/19/12 — Researchers have built a new and more nimble camera-carrying robot to climb stairs inside the Fukushima No. 1 plant and deliver images from areas where radiation levels remain dangerously high. The robot, named "Sakura," is the work of the Chiba Institute of Technology, which adapted an earlier model at the…

NASA’s Exoskeleton Helps with In-Space Exercise and Surface Exploration
10/16/12 — NASA has developed a new exoskeleton that may help astronauts stay healthier in space and aid paraplegics in walking here on Earth. NASA and The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) of Pensacola, with the help of engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston, have jointly developed a…

Dark Side of the Moon: Polaris to Drill for Lunar Ice
10/10/12 — A Carnegie Mellon University spinoff — Astrobotic Technology Inc. — completed assembly of a full-size prototype of Polaris.Polaris is a first of its kind solar-powered robot that will search for potentially rich deposits of water ice on the moon.Observations by NASA and Indian spacecraft suggest that a substantial amount of water ice could…

Canadian Space Agency Shows Off Next-Gen Robotic Arms
10/02/12 — The Canadian-built robotic arms built for NASA's space shuttle fleet and the International Space Station are about to get two new siblings. Last week, the Canadian Space Agency showed off the Next-Generation Canadarm (NGC) prototypes, which were unveiled after three years of development at Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. The mechanical…

Robotic Technology to Steer Farm-Raised Fish in a Healthier Direction
10/02/12 — The fish we eat for dinner may soon be fit and healthy, not because they spend their lives swimming out in the open ocean, but because a robot of sorts gave them a daily workout in an aquaculture pen. Fish farms are far from perfect. Some research has shown, for…

Wall-Ye V.I.N. Sparks a Buzz Among Winemakers
09/25/12 — A new vineyard worker is looking for a job in France. White with red trim, 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall and 60 wide, he has four wheels, two arms and six cameras, prunes 600 vines per day, and never calls in sick. The Wall-Ye V.I.N. robot, brainchild of Burgundy-based inventor…

Hiro: Japan’s Industrial Co-Worker Robot
09/18/12 — Engineers at the Tecnalia Research and Innovation Centre in San Sebastián, Spain will further develop the intelligence of a Japanese humanoid robot to enable the device to work alongside humans in European factories. The robot model, known as Hiro — short for Human Interactive Robot — is made by Kawada…

CMU Researchers Develop New Watercraft and New Business for Environmental Monitoring
09/12/12 — Platypus, a robotics company founded by six researchers at the CMU Robotics Institute, has developed a fully autonomous watercraft that they hope to introduce to various uses in environmental monitoring. “It’s a tool to do what you want,” said Balajee Kannan, project scientist at CMU and chief financial officer at Platypus. The…

Coralbots Use Swarm Approach to Save Endangered Reefs
09/05/12 — Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have developed a swarm of intelligent “coralbots” that will piece together damaged bits of coral, with the goal of regrowing and saving endangered reefs. The robotic swarm approach mimics that of insects like bees that collectively build nests or other large structures. The team is still "training" the…

Lego robotics brings mining to the classroom
09/05/12 — Students in Western Australia's Pilbara region are using a popular toy to help equip them with skills to pursue careers in the mining industry. It's a program being welcomed by the industry which is facing an increasing skills shortage. The Principal of Newman Senior High Milanna Heberle says teachers are…

Yale Researchers Teach Robot Spatial Reasoning
08/29/12 — NICO spends a lot of time looking in the mirror. But it's not mere vanity - Nico is a humanoid robot that can recognise its reflection - a step on the path towards true self-awareness. In fact, Nico can identify almost exactly where its arm is in space based on…

First Responder Robot can Sight and Rescue the Right Soldier
08/27/12 — Sending medical first responders into battle may be getting a little safer thanks to research at the University of Dayton. Researchers are developing robots with facial-recognition capabilities that can be air-dropped into dangerous areas, reducing the danger to humans susceptible to ambush by enemies posing as wounded. "There are a…

Soft-bodied Robot can Walk and Spy
08/23/12 — Harvard University researchers have developed a squishy robot that can disguise itself or change its color to stand out from its background. Those features, scientists say, could help surgeons plan complicated operations or aid search and rescue crews after disasters. The soft, silicone-based walking robots, first developed last year by…




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