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Mind-Controlled Robotic Arms Now a Reality
10/09/14 — For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities. In January 2013 a Swedish arm amputee was the first person in the world to receive a prosthesis with a direct connection to bone, nerves and muscles. An article about this achievement and its long-term stability will now be published in the Science Translational Medicine journal. "Going beyond the lab to allow the patient to face real-world challenges is the main contribution of this work," says Max…


Canadarm2 Robotic Arm to Install Cameras on International Space Station
10/02/14 — Canada's robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, removing the need for astronauts to go outside to do the work themselves, the company announced today.Urthecast plans to place two Earth-facing cameras on the United States side of the station (on Node 3) to add to the two they already have on the Russian Zvezda module. Technical problems with the cameras forced the Russians to do an extra spacewalk to complete the work earlier this year.The company plans to make images and streaming video of its imagery available to the general public and interested…



Robot Octopus Takes to Sea, Swims Faster Than Ever
09/25/14 — Early last year, we wrote up some betentacled research from Greece that explored what gaits were most effective at propelling a robotic octopus through water. The researchers commented that they were working on adding another physical feature flaunted by the biological version of the octopus: a web between their tentacles,…

Autonomous Marine Vehicles Improve Tracking of Phytoplankton
09/18/14 — Four Wave Glider autonomous marine vehicles spent most of 2012 bobbing across the Pacific Ocean and collecting oceanographic measurements. It was a record-setting journey meant to demonstrate the technology and set scientists loose on the data.A recently published study using data from the expedition shows that the platforms could prove…

Untethered Soft Robot Can Survive Fire, Snow, Being Hit by Car
09/11/14 — The latest in robotic design is leading to ‘new creatures' that can move without constraint, withstand harsh temperature changes, ambulate over a variety of surfaces and even ‘limbo'. The newest model has recently been let off the leash.The latest 'soft' robot from Professor George M. Whitesides Research Group at Harvard…

UC San Diego Launching New Robotics Institute
09/04/14 — With many robotics companies and a call for the FAA to designate the region an unmanned aerial vehicle center of excellence, San Diego has been making a big push in the past few months to become the center of the rapidly expanding drone industry.The University of California, San Diego and…

Robo Brain Helps Robots Learn Skills Using the Internet
08/28/14 — A super-intelligent robotic "brain" that can learn new skills by browsing millions of web pages has been developed by US researchers. Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube. The information it learns can then be accessed…

Hitchhiking Robot Completes Trip Across Canada
08/21/14 — Three weeks and 3,700 miles later, the hitchhiking-robot appropriately named hitchBOT has completed its journey through Canada, having relied entirely on the kindness of strangers and its tablet-and-Arduino brains. The robot's adventure, which began in Halifax on July 27, ended in Victoria on Saturday. Despite the journey having taken only 21 days,…

Robo-AO Autonomous Telescope Hunting for Planets
08/14/14 — Tracking down Earth-like exoplanets with a terrestrial telescope is no easy feat because our planet's atmosphere makes distant solar systems even harder to see. Adaptive optic technology can help make things go a little faster, but it does so at a snail's pace - requiring up to 10 minutes per…

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles to Track Endangered Whales
08/06/14 — Sleek yellow gliders will soon cruise the waters off Nova Scotia in a high-tech bid to track down one of the world's most endangered marine mammals and possibly provide clues to an ecological mystery. Canadian and American scientists are getting ready to deploy autonomous underwater vehicles around the Scotian shelf…

ESA Launching Reusable, Robotic Space Plane
07/31/14 — The launch of a robotic space plane prototype in November could pave the way toward the creation of a reusable cargo vehicle that would survive the blistering re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, according to the European Space Agency. ESA officials plan to launch the unmanned space plane, called the Intermediate eXperimental…

What’s Better than Five Human Fingers? An Extra Two Robotic Fingers
07/23/14 — Another day, another awesome robotics discovery from MIT. This week it turns out to be robotic fingers. Two of them. Long, black-and-orange, and stick-like-looking. One on each side of a special sensory glove that goes over a human hand. Don’t let the relative visual inelegance dissuade you. By harnessing “synergy,”…

MIT Phase-Changing Robots Switch Between Hard, Soft States
07/15/14 — Robots that change between solid to squishy material as needed are being made by academic researchers in league with private industry and the federal government. The practical implications include delicate internal surgery and search-and-rescue scenarios, both arenas wherein robots that could transform as needed would shine, according to engineers at…

Robots with Green Thumbs in Space: Yes, It Could Happen
07/10/14 — Robots gardening in space. Yes, you read that right. Astronauts need to eat, and the government and a small group of graduate students are figuring out a way to grow food with help from robots to grow fruits and vegetables on the way to another planet. The University of Colorado…

Study: How to Reduce Power Consumption of Robots by 40%
07/03/14 — Industrial robots make certain production jobs easier, but they also use a lot of energy. And some are quite jerky in their movements, which adds to the amount of energy being used. Unai Ugalde-Olea, a lecturer in the UPV/EHU's Department of Electronics Technology at the Industrial Technical University School in…

hitchBOT Robot Tries to Hitchhike Across Canada
06/26/14 — In a refreshing role reversal, a robot is now going to have to trust human beings and will be depending, as Tennessee Williams once put it, on the kindness of strangers. That's the plan of Canadian college professors starting next month as they will chart the progress of a hitchhiking…

Soft Robotics Gets a Boost from Innovative Sewing
06/16/14 — An ordinary sewing machine could help make soft robotics capable of stretching up to 500 percent, which could lead to innovations on robots with humanlike sensory skin and synthetic muscle. So say scientists at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., in a recently released paper detailing the findings of a…

Can Drones, Self-Driving Cars Work Together?
06/12/14 — What's better than one robot? Two robots, especially when they combine the best of air and ground technology and keep humans safe. Scientists are now testing whether drones and self-driving cars can cooperate to survey a dangerous territory, working currently in a hypothetical scenario involving environmental toxins. VentureBeat reports that the…

Meet Jimmy: Intel’s 3D-Printed Humanoid Robot
06/04/14 — Intel debuted at the Re/code Code Conference a 3D-printable robot it hopes to bring to the masses by the end of 2014. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich walked onto the stage with Jimmy the Robot, a two-foot-tall, customizable, humanoid robot that can be programmed to sing, dance and tweet. Jimmy the…

Can Wasps Revolutionize Robotic Surgery?
05/30/14 — Researchers from Indian Institute of Science have found that the egg-laying organs of wasps (ovipositors) have saw-like teeth coated with zinc. They lay eggs inside figs by drilling into the fruit. Insights gained from this study may help build tools that can aid in robot-assisted surgery, and novel mechanisms to…




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