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TakkTile Sensor Gives Robots Softer Touch at Lower Cost
04/24/13 — Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed an inexpensive tactile sensor for robotic hands. Called TakkTile, the device takes a tiny barometer and adds a layer of vacuum sealed rubber. The result, when added to a mechanical hand, is a robot that knows what it's…

Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2013 Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Awards
04/23/13 — As the world's most prestigious honor in the field of robotics, the Joseph F. Engelberger awards are presented to individuals for excellence in robotics technology development, application, education, and leadership. The awards, named after the worldwide “father of robotics” Joseph F. Engelberger, are sponsored annually by the Robotic Industries Association…

Bio-Cleaner 2 Snakes Through Water, Cleaning Metal Pollutants Along the Way
04/18/13 — We have everything that we need to make our drinking water clean but we barely think about lakes, oceans, fishpond etc. These bodies of water often get polluted with heavy metals and the entire aquatic ecosystem is affected as a result. Now, a team of designers have developed a robotic…

Liquid Robotics Releases New Floating Data Center
04/11/13 — Liquid Robotics had released its latest unmanned, autonomous marine robot, dubbed the Wave Glider SV3. The SV3 is the first hybrid wave- and solar-propelled ocean robot, designed to cost-effectively collect and transmit data from areas of the high seas previously too expensive or challenging to reach. It can be used…

Terrestrial Rover Kickstarter Mission Leads to Telerobotic Parks
04/03/13 — Arxterra, a southern California robotics company, has developed technology for controlling robots via the internet orsmartphones with 3g/4g access. Arxterra will be demonstrating this technology with a terrestrial rover kickstarter mission in the high deserts of California. From over two hundred miles away, the Arxterra mission control and command center (MC3) will execute the…

Terradynamics: Scientific Technique Could Help Robot Designers
03/27/13 — Using a combination of theory and experiment, researchers have developed a new approach for understanding and predicting how small legged robots – and potentially also animals – move on and interact with complex granular materials such as sand. Georgia Tech professor Daniel Goldman and postdoctoral fellow Chen Li watch a…

Swiss Lab Builds Modular, Amphibious Robot
03/20/13 — We have seen our fair share of nature-inspired robots, from a water strider bot that walks on water to a faster-than-Usain-Bolt robotic cheetah that runs on land, and we never cease to be amazed by the technological advances we gain from merely mimicking what already exists in nature. The latest amazing robot we've…

CMU’s Response to DARPA Robotics Challenge: CHIMP
03/13/13 — A team from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center is building a new class of robot to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Robotics Challenge — a human-size robot that moves, not by walking, but on rubberized tracks on the extremities of each of its four…

Japan to Send Humanoid to Space
03/06/13 — Dentsu Inc. has announced the names “Kirobo” and “Mirata” for two humanoid communication robots being developed under the KIBO ROBOT PROJECT, a joint research project being carried out in collaboration with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, ROBO GARAGE Co., Ltd., and Toyota Motor…

New Micro Brushless Motors from MICROMO
03/05/13 — MICROMO introduces the new 0824 and 1028 motors from the FAULHABER Group.  The new high performance, high precision motors are ideal for a wide variety of applications in such markets as medical devices and robotics. The 0824 and 1028 motors offer high precision speed control and optimal power in the…

New Nissan Research Center will Develop Autonomous Vehicle Technology
02/28/13 —   With a new office in Silicon Valley, Maarten Sierhuis, Ph.D., says that cars are the future and he now has an opportunity to change the world. Recently appointed to head the Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley, Sierhuis is a recognized expert in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). His…

Grishin Robotics Invests in Hardware Incubator Bolt
02/21/13 — Grishin Robotics, the first venture capital firm in the world that is focused on consumer robotics, announces its investment into the Boston-based hardware incubator Bolt, which helps hardware startups (including robotics and connected devices) with seed capital and an extensive mentorship program. Along with Grishin Robotics,  there are another two…

Willow Garage to Explore Commercial Possibilities
02/14/13 — Born in 2006, Willow Garage has for the past six years stayed true to its stated reason for being: “To push the frontiers of robotics, both scientifically and commercially…with the unique goals of impact first, return on capital second, with the strong belief that success in the first goal (impact)…

iRobot’s Patent Gives 3D Printing a Hand
02/07/13 — While some 3D printing manufacturing processes are currently automated, most still need human intervention and labor to complete the process and assemble the fabricated parts into the final product after printing. Bedford based Roomba maker iRobot Corporation, founded in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists, has filed a US patent entitled "Robotic…

Engineering Teams Develop Robotic Snowplows for Winter Carnival
01/29/13 — With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) now featuring pool and gutter cleaners, robotic vacuums and lawnmowers, what’s next? How about a robotic snowplow? Ohio University’s “monocular autonomously controlled snowplow” might soon see a variant of itself parked in the Las Vegas Convention Center at a future CES. Are you listening…

Pointman Robotic Simulator Measures Head and Neck Motions for More Realistic Training
01/24/13 — The vehicle and flight simulator company Bohemia Interactive has made a significant upgrade to their Virtual Battlespace 2 software, which will allow soldiers to train in an entirely new way: by moving their head and legs. The system is called Pointman, and is currently in development at the Naval Research Laboratory…

Industrial Perception, Inc. Delivers Next-Gen 3-D Vision
01/16/13 — Industrial Perception, Inc. (IPI) is one Silicon Valley startup with its eyes on the demands of tomorrow’s commerce. The company is set to seriously alter robotics across the supply chain by pushing the limits of today’s vision-guided machinery. Their more human-like perception technology is ready for use in such industrial…

Carnegie Mellon and Anglo American Close Deal for Mining Robots
01/10/13 — Carnegie Mellon University has signed a five-year master agreement with one of the world’s largest mining companies, London-based Anglo American PLC, to develop robotic technologies for mining. CMU’s Robotics Institute (RI), through its National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Field Robotics Center (FRC), will design, build and deploy mining robots,…




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