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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,…

Robotic Probe to Seek Martian Life with New Focus
06/14/12 — Reuters—This summer, a robotic geologist arrives on Mars to try out a new strategy forsearching for life beyond Earth.  Mars Science Laboratory due to land on Mars on Aug. 6 Rather than hunt for microbes like the Viking missions of the 1970s, NASA's Mars ScienceLaboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, will look for…

New Robotic Probe to Seek Martian Life
06/11/12 — Reuters--This summer, a robotic geologist arrives on Mars to try out a new strategy for searching for life beyond Earth. Mars Science Laboratory due to land on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012 Will explore places that could have hosted life Focus on geology of mound of sediment inside crater Rather…

3D Industrial Sensor Enables Three-dimensional Robotic Tasks
06/01/12 — The Industrial 3D-Eye offered by Eye Vision Technology has been designed for industrial environments. Similar to the “Kinect” sensor, is equipped with more powerful illumination and is put into a robust aluminum metal case. The housing is completely waterproof and the sensor is therefore applicable in all industrial environments. The…

New-look Moon Rover Robot to Land in 2014
05/24/12 — The lunar rover 'Asimov' due to land on the Moon in 2014, will be the first autonomously navigated rover on the Moon. It's autonomous navigation system is a major technological leap. While the Russian Moon rovers Lunokhod 1 and 2 in the early 70s were fully controlled from Earth, today's…

New Robot Website For Telepresence
05/08/12 — TelepresenceRobots.com just launched its website to give businesses, hospitals and schools more information on telepresence robots and to assist them in choosing the best robot to fit their specific needs As the site explains about itself: “Telepresence Robots is a company that prides itself on bringing the latest information about…

Terraforming Landscape For A Robotic Rover
05/07/12 — Challenged to design a background for a small rover controlled from space, students in Germany have delivered a futuristic cityscape. The cool space art will be seen by astronauts in orbit via the rover’s camera eye as they remotely control their avatar later this year. The ultimate goal is for…

Four Factors Critical to the Success of Robotics
05/04/12 — The Atlantic—Successful and failed transformations suggests watching four critical factors: Make it easier for people to do what they are trying to get done.  While the iPad feels like an overnight success, its roots trace back to the Newton Personal Digital Assistant Apple introduced in the 1990s. The Newton was…

Robotic Arm Weaves A Structure Like A Spider
05/01/12 — First, this is not a robotic spider, it’s a non-autonomous robotic arm pre-programmed to weave a structure out of its own surroundings. Down the road, the researchers plan to make the robotic arm autonomous so it can sense where objects are and build its own structure to fit the surroundings.…

Graphene Helps a Robot Creep Like an Inchworm
04/30/12 — Chemical & Engineering News—Whether building robots that move like insects or fish, or designing medical implants with moving parts, researchers look for new materials that respond to electricity but are flexible and soft. To meet that need, Chinese scientists have developed graphene-based actuators that convert electricity into motion. In robots,…

Smarter Robot Cameras Sought by Military
04/13/12 — Computer vision works much better than it once did, and that could enable a diverse range of machines to see and understand their environments. Such machines could be useful in everything from military scouting to self-driving cars. That’s why the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is doing research…

Design, Print Your Own Robot
04/10/12 — MIT is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are designed and produced. Funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project will aim to develop a desktop technology that would make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print…

ANT localization—Even more simple
04/06/12 — BlueBotics SA - Lausanne, Switzerland—A result of more than 10 years of development within BlueBotics, ANT is a navigation system dedicated to mobile robotic platform and to AGVs (or automated guided vehicles). In its full version, ANT navigation, allows localizing, driving, avoiding obstacles and handling the missions of an AGV.…

Remote Controlled Real-Life Auto Racing Using a Smartphone
03/30/12 — Using the Sim Reckless Racing 2 and a Sony Xperia smartphone, Dr. James Brighton, a remote control engineer at UK’s Cranfield University has rigged a pair of MG F Roadsters to race around a dirt track, connecting the game’s smartphone controls to actual cars. This project culminated as a result…




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