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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…

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…




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