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Autonomous Underwater Robots Perform Swimmingly at RoboSub Competition
07/31/13 — A student team based in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Engineering has taken its underwater robotic vehicle to an international competition in the United States this week. "It's sort of like an underwater obstacle course for robotic vehicles," said team lead Mike Bujold, who is in his fourth year…

Robot Sees Cracks and Layers in Paintings Invisible to the Human Eye
07/24/13 — In the basement of Madrid's Reina Sofia museum, a giant robotic machine painstakingly scans a painting by Catalan surrealist artist Joan Miro, slowly snapping hundreds of microscopic shots. The pictures taken by the machine, which uses infrared and ultraviolet photography, will help experts determine the condition of the 1974 oil…

Autonomous Sailboats Catch Some Waves
07/16/13 — A student-built unmanned sailboat competition isn’t just at the leading edge of autonomous vehicle development. It sounds like a blast. SailBot 2013saw 16 teams from colleges and high schools around the world competing to build boats that require no human input to navigate open waters. While autonomous vehicle competitions have…

FluxCrawler Robot Detects Cable Damage Before It’s Too Late
07/10/13 — The FluxCrawl robot, developed and patented by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP, is designed to scan surfaces of heavily loaded metal cables by performing a magnetic flux test. The metallic caterpillar-like robot climbs up the cable, revolving around, attached to the cable by a U-shaped magnet.…

Festo’s Robot Dragonfly an Awesome Mix of Prehistoric and Futuristic
07/02/13 — German manufacturing firm Festo recently resurrected a Paleozoic dragonfly. No, we’re not talking de-extinction or synthetic biology—this baby’s robotic. But at 70 cm (27 in) by 48 cm (19 in), Festo’s BionicOpter robot dragonfly is a futuristic flying machine with more than a touch of the prehistoric in it. Dragonflies are clever fliers—they…

German Researchers Build Robotic Ape
07/02/13 — We love bio-inspired robots. From sea turtles to salamanders and even the house cat, more and more of the animal kingdom is getting robot counterparts, and for good reason. Each animal or insect has its own special movements and behaviors that are inspiring new types of locomotion and other advances in robotics. German researchers…

Bend It Like a Bot: RoboCup Kicks Off
06/25/13 — As you can see, the humanoid robots there are pretty advanced. So any technological advantage that gives a team the upper hand is a worthy goal indeed. In recent months, the field of humanoid robotics has taken some major steps forward. These steps take us ever closer to the future portrayed by…

Robo-Cat Could Be the New Search-and-Rescue Dog
06/18/13 — Cats – big and small – hold a particular fascination for robotics engineers (and for much of the internet, it seems), with the animals showing unrivaled speed and agility. There are currently at least two efforts underway to build a robotic cheetah for military use, but the Swiss decided to scale that model…

Microsoft’s Robotic Moving Touchscreen Touches Back
06/12/13 — Microsoft Research has come up with a clever way to let users actually feel what they're interacting with on a touchscreen. And it doesn't involve complex finger contraptions, or bulky gloves. Instead, the researchers simply installed the display on a robotic mount that moves in response to where and what…

Second Skin: Robots Get Sensitive
06/04/13 —   Robots could become a lot more 'sensitive' thanks to new artificial skins and sensor technologies developed by European scientists. Leading to better robotic platforms that could one day be used in industry, hospitals and even at home. The new capabilities, and a production system for building touch-sensitivity into different…

Bioengineered Hydrogel Implies New Functionality for Soft Robotics
05/30/13 — Inspired by the way plants grow toward light sources, a phenomenon known as phototropism, bioengineers from the University of California, Berkeley have created a hydrogel that could be manipulated by light. The new hydrogel, described earlier this month in the journal Nano Letters, could have future applications in the emerging field…

Drexel University Gives UAVs Helping Hands
05/23/13 — Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), such as those used by the military for surveillance and reconnaissance, could be getting a hand -and an arm- from engineers at Drexel University as part of a National Science Foundation grant to investigate adding dexterous limbs to the aircrafts. The project, whose subject harkens to…

NASA’s Dextre Begins Satellite Maintenance Tasks
05/13/13 — With a historic robotic refueling demo ticked off its checklist, NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) put down the hose and picked up the screwdriver and utility knife. This latest round of satellite-servicing tasks, completed in the early morning of May 10, will show how robots could access and further maintain satellites in…

Roboteq Backs Raspberry PI-based Robot Navigation Computer Project on Kickstarter
05/09/13 — Scottsdale, AZ, April 29, 2013 – Roboteq, Inc is collaborating on a kickstarter project named RIO (for Raspberry IO) and aimed at creating an intelligent I/O card that stacks over the $35 Raspberry PI Linux Single Board computer. The RIO card includes a rich set of I/O and connectivity features. The…

ROBOTIS CM-900: Let the Robot Party Begin
05/09/13 — ROBOTIS, a leading provider of smart servo DYNAMIXEL & open-source humanoid DARwIn-OP, has recently released the CM-900, a 32-bit ARM Cortex embedded board dedicated to develop robots at $19.90 price tag. Era of Open Hardware In recent years, Arduino has been leading the open hardware movement thanks to its low…

GIT Robot’s Tactile Sensing Makes Human Contact No Big Deal
05/02/13 — A group of roboticists at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have developed a touch system that allows a robot to feel its way around various situations. Publishing their results in the International Journal of Robotics Research, the team revealed a new kind of robotic mechanism…

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…




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