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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…

Medical Robotics Experts Help Advance NASA’s ‘Satellite Surgery’ Project
12/13/11 —   Johns Hopkins engineers, recognized as experts in medical robotics, have turned their attention skyward to help NASA with a space dilemma: How can the agency fix valuable satellites that are breaking down or running out of fuel? One option—sending a human repair crew into space—is costly, dangerous and sometimes…

Princeton Technique Puts Chemistry Breakthroughs on the Fast Track
12/06/11 —   Scientists can now take that "a-ha" moment to go with a method Princeton University researchers developed — and successfully tested — to speed up the chances of an unexpected yet groundbreaking chemical discovery. The researchers report this month in the journal Science a technique to accomplish "accelerated serendipity" by…

Robotic Teams to Enter Martian Underground
11/30/11 —   NASA has selected Astrobotic Technology Inc. for a contract to develop robotic teams to explore extensive caves on Mars, the Moon, and other planetary destinations. Astrobotic will develop robots that cooperate to overcome the challenges of underground planetary missions: no light for solar power, radio communications blocked by rock,…

Slideshow: RoboBusiness Leadership Summit 2011: A Look Back
11/10/11 — // Hundreds of attendees, exhibitors, and speakers from the world over converged at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston November 2-3 for the RoboBusiness Leadership Summit 2011, creating an ideal environment for learning, networking, and deal making. The event took place during a critical time for an industry that has emerged…

Advanced Dual-Interface Memory Uses Energy Harvesting to Enable Battery-Free System Design
11/09/11 —   STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is extending its family of RFID/NFC wireless memory ICs with a new 16-Kbit device that can also harvest enough energy to enable small electronic items such as intelligent sensor networks to become completely battery-free electronic applications.…

Carbon Nanotube Muscles Could Find Uses in Robots and Bionic Limbs
10/14/11 —   New artificial muscles that twist like the trunk of an elephant, but provide a thousand times higher rotation per length, were announced on Oct. 13 for a publication in Science magazine by a team of researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Wollongong in Australia, The University…

USB3 Vision Camera Interface Standard Announced
10/07/11 —   A new camera interface standard that is based on the USB 3.0 interface (SuperSpeed USB) is being developed specifically for the global machine vision market. Called USB3 Vision, this new standard will take advantage of the soon-to-be prevalent USB 3.0 ports that will be standard on most PCs. Designed…

Rockwell Collins Brings Advanced Avionics to Turboprops and Light Jets
10/06/11 — Rockwell Collins is bringing the industry-leading capabilities of its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system to turboprops and light jet aircraft. “Until now, no one has been able to deliver the feature-rich capabilities, robust architecture and enhanced safety that Pro Line Fusion brings to this class of aircraft, and we’re doing it…

Event Session Will Explore How to Build and Grow Great Robotics Companies
08/23/11 — RoboBusiness Leadership Summit, a one-of-a-kind executive-level conference, announced that Rod Brooks, founder, chairman, and CTO of Heartland Robotics will be among the key presenters at its upcoming Boston event, taking place Nov. 2-3. The title of Brooks program is Venture Capital & Robotics: Bridging the Gap and Building Great Companies. Only 300…

Autonomous Row Crop Solution Aimed at Farmers
08/03/11 —   Williamsburg, Iowa-based Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. this week unveiled a robotics solution designed to increase productivity on the farm—the Kinze Autonomy Project. The technology, which is the first of its kind in row-crop production, utilizes autonomous agricultural equipment to complete many tasks on the farm with minimal direct human input,…

Timing Issue for fluidic MEMS: Rare Earth Elements & Gearmotors
07/20/11 — Colorado Springs, CO; LatchTool Group... Modern fluid power wedges motion control into the mix of hydraulics, electro-hydraulics and pneumatics. Motion control is the providence of powerful gearmotors—to make motors powerful they must be wound with an iron-neodymium-boron alloy. With strategic foresight, China has gained control over 97 percent of the…




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