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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…

Brave New Robotic World of Commercial and Civil Integration for UAVs
08/09/12 —   POPSCI—The exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s annual North American show—the largest expo for both civilian and military unmanned robotic hardware in the country—opened in Las Vegas (August 6-9), and for the rest of the week the unmanned robots took over. When the age of…

DARPA, Energid And ATK To Initiate Satellite Recycling Program
08/02/12 — The DARPA Phoenix Program is targeted at developing entirely new systems for servicing and re-purposing the thousands of broken satellites still in geosynchronous orbit (about 22,000 miles above Earth). The program’s success will ultimately solve two major problems: The disruptions caused by failed satellites, which can effect vital communications to…

US Digital: Enabling 21st Century Robotics Innovation
08/02/12 — There is a revolution occurring in today’s robotics industry. It is no longer only about heavy-duty industrial robots the world is accustomed to seeing. What was once limited to the pages of science fiction is becoming reality, thanks to a host of technological advancements, especially within motion control. Whether it’s…

Suidobashi Premiers its Gun-toting Kuratas Robot at Tokyo’s Wonder Festival
08/01/12 — Suidobashi Heavy Industry has just introduced the finished version of its heavy-duty robot dream machine at the Wonder Festival in Tokyo. Developers have been working on the robot, Kuratas, since 2010. Kuratas, is 12 feet tall and weighs five tons. The robot is modeled to be a human shaped tank with…

Robotic Cameras Will Snap Pictures at the 2012 Olympics
07/10/12 — Cameras with swiveling, nimble robotic heads will be deployed by photographers who work for Getty Images, the official agency of the International Olympics Committee. The robotic heads will be perchedon scaffolding above several of the sporting sites. The photographers themselves will be stationed below with what one Getty photographer described…

DENSO VS-Series 6-axis Articulated Robot
06/26/12 — DENSO’s new VS-Series six-axis articulated robots are now available in ISO 5 (class 100) cleanroom versions, in addition to the standard IP40 and optional IP67 dust- and waterproof models. The new VS-Series robots, claim DENSO, offer the world's highest New VS-Series six-axis articulated robot speed and precision in their class,…




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