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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,…

Stanford and NASA Develop New ‘Hedgehog’ Rovers for Lunar Exploration
01/03/13 — Stanford researchers, in collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have designed a robotic platform that could take space exploration to new heights. The mission proposed for the platform involves a mother spacecraft deploying one or several spiked, roughly spherical rovers to the Martian moon…

New Microactuators Make Powerful Artificial Muscles
12/26/12 — Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an elegant and powerful new microscale actuator that can flex like a tiny beckoning finger. Based on an oxide material that expands and contracts dramatically in response to…

Japanese Team Designs Kenshiro Based on Human Musculoskeletal System
12/19/12 — Robots have been doing our work for years now. As scientists make advancements in the field of robotics, they’ve been able to make these robots smarter and smaller, giving them even more jobs to do. Robots have even been made to break land speed records and run like speedy jungle…

Robotics to Revive Russian Space Program
12/13/12 — Russian space officials are rekindling their plans for Moon exploration, and some say a rebirth of that country’s robotic space endeavors beyond low-Earth orbit is on the horizon. Work is already underway on the Luna-Glob and Luna-Resource missions, to be launched in the coming years. These orbiters and landers are…

Koule Robotic Ball Looks for Kickstarter Help with Development and Production
12/05/12 — Over 10 years of research yielded the Koule (“cool”) smart ball, a new robotic toy designed to encourage active play and to aid autistic children in learning emotional skills, among other aims. The Que Innovations team, headed up by Dr. Tamie Salter, has placed the toy on Indiegogo in hopes…

Robotic Laser System Selectively Removes Paint Coatings from Aircraft
11/28/12 — Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) of Johnstown, Pa., are working with the Air Force Research Laboratory and Ogden Air Logistics Center 309 AMXG to develop and demonstrate a robotic system that uses high-powered lasers to remove coatings from fighter and cargo aircraft.…

Window Cleaning Robot Can Handle Any Building Configuration
11/21/12 — The R2D2 of window cleaners rolled its way up the side of Dubai’s Dusit Thani Hotel yesterday to show off its polishing prowess for an audience of investors and municipality officials. And the audience – apart from window cleaning companies that rely more on flesh and blood to get the…

NASA Controls LEGO Robot from Space
11/14/12 — NASA and the European Space Agency say they have successfully tested an interplanetary communications protocol, with astronauts on the International Space Station using it to control a Lego robot in Germany. The protocol is called Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), and one of its creators is Vint Cerf, who helped come…

Robotdalen Accepting Submissions for the International Robotdalen Innovation Award
11/05/12 — Robotdalen, the Swedish innovation cluster, is on a mission to enable commercial success of new ideas and research within robotics and automation. The Robotdalen initiative is currently accepting submissions for the 2013 Robotdalen Innovation Award.  The winners of the international robotics competition will receive hands-on help from the Swedish robotics…

Autonomous Quadcopter Avoids Obstacles Like a Bird
10/31/12 — Cornell researchers have created an autonomous flying robot that is as smart as a bird when it comes to maneuvering around obstacles. Able to guide itself through forests, tunnels or damaged buildings, the machine could have tremendous value in search-and-rescue operations. Small flying machines are already common, and GPS technology…




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