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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…

3D Printing Merged with Printed Electronics
03/26/12 —   Minneapolis-based Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) and Optomec Inc., located in Albuquerque, announced that the companies have successfully completed a joint development project that merges 3D printing and printed electronics to create the world's first fully printed hybrid structure. The first project, the development of a "smart wing" for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)…

New Direction for Game Controllers Developed at the University of Utah
03/15/12 —   University of Utah engineers have designed a new kind of video game controller that not only vibrates like existing devices, but pulls and stretches the thumb tips in different directions to simulate the tug of a fishing line, the recoil of a gun or the feeling of ocean waves.…

NIST Probes the Promise of Nanomanufacturing Using DNA Origami
03/09/12 —   In recent years, scientists have begun to harness DNA’s powerful molecular machinery to build artificial structures at the nanoscale using the natural ability of pairs of DNA molecules to assemble into complex structures. Such “DNA origami,” first developed at the California Institute of Technology, could provide a means of…

IBM ‘Optochip’ First to Transfer One Trillion Bits of Information per Second
03/09/12 —   IBM scientists reported this week on a prototype optical chipset, dubbed “Holey Optochip”, that is the first parallel optical transceiver to transfer one trillion bits – one terabit – of information per second, the equivalent of downloading 500 high definition movies. The report will be presented at the Optical Fiber…

Motion Control Market Finished Strong in 2011
03/01/12 —   Orders for motion control products jumped 17.7% in 2011, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control Association (MCA), the industry’s global trade group. Gains also occurred in the fourth quarter, rising 4% over the same period in 2010. “2011 results were the best we’ve seen since MCA…

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. Wins NASA Task Order for Moon Expedition Data
02/28/12 —   NASA has awarded Astrobotic Technology Inc. an additional task in its $10 million Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contract under which NASA buys information about the company's commercial robotic expeditions to the Moon. The $100,000 task order brings total funding under the ILDD contract thus far to $610,000. Astrobotic…

NASA to Demonstrate New Fuel Cell on Mobile Rover
02/27/12 —   NASA plans to demonstrate a new fuel cell that will allow rovers on extraterrestrial surfaces to go farther and last longer. The demonstration will take palce at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland on Feb. 29 at 11 a.m.  The new type of fuel cell will extend the…

Researchers Develop DNA Nanorobot to Trigger Targeted Therapeutic Responses
02/20/12 —   Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a robotic device made from DNA that could potentially seek out specific cell targets within a complex mixture of cell types and deliver important molecular instructions, such as telling cancer cells to self-destruct. Inspired by…

Robot Glove Grabs Robotdalen Innovation Award
02/14/12 —   Many people need some extra strength to grasp objects in the course of their day. Even holding simple objects such as a coffee pot or a drill can pose difficulties due to factors that range from age and repetitive strain injuries to medical conditions such as a stroke or…

Spherical Robots Set to Probe the Ocean Depths
01/27/12 —   New ocean exploring devices are being designed and developed in the laboratory of Professor Deirdre Meldrum, ASU Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute.  Much of Meldrum’s genomic research focuses on deep ocean environments and leverages her extensive technology…

Taming Shrew Technology
01/20/12 —   The Etruscan shrew, one of the world’s tiniest mammals, measuring around 4 centimetres long, is the inspiration for a ground-breaking new robot developed to use sophisticated whiskers to find its way around. The Shrewbot is the latest in a series of robots which use “active touch” rather than vision…

Power from the Sea
01/10/12 —   Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Vol. 44, No. 3 issue of the ORNL Review. It is posted here courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Technological developments are generally incremental changes that slip mostly unnoticed into business practices, industrial processes and daily routines. Those aren't the kind of scientific…

NASA ‘Smart SPHERES’ Tested Successfully on International Space Station
12/23/11 —   The Human Exploration Telerobotics project, one of NASA's new, high-valueTechnology Demonstration Missions, equipped the compact, free-flying satellites -- known as Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES -- with a Samsung Nexus S handset that features Google’s open-source Android platform.  Each volleyball-sized SPHERES has its own onboard power, propulsion,…

Teaching Old (Toy) Robots New Tricks; Device Adds Bluetooth Link for Toys, TVs
12/15/11 —   Toy robots and other gadgets operated with infrared (IR) remote controls can gain new capabilities — and perhaps some intelligence — by use of a device called Brainlink that enables a Bluetooth link with an Android-based smartphone or a laptop computer. The device, developed by Carnegie Mellon University spin-off BirdBrain…




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