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When Robots Look Too Much Like Us
07/18/11 —   Ever get the heebie-jeebies at a wax museum? Feel uneasy with an anthropomorphic robot? What about playing a video game or watching an animated movie, where the human characters are pretty realistic but just not quite right and maybe a bit creepy? If yes, then you’ve probably been a…

Computer Learns Language by Playing Games
07/12/11 —   Computers are great at treating words as data: Word-processing programs let you rearrange and format text however you like, and search engines can quickly find a word anywhere on the Web. But what would it mean for a computer to actually understand the meaning of a sentence written in…

Researchers Create Touch Sensitive Robotic Skin
07/06/11 — Robots will soon be able to feel heat or gentle touching on their surfaces, thanks to scientists at the Technical University Munich (Technische Universität München, TUM). The researchers are now developing small hexagonal plates that when joined together form a sensitive skin for “intelligent machines.” The work has the potential…

Brain-Like Computing Advances
06/30/11 —   The development of "brain-like" computers took a major step  forward recently with the publication of research led by the University of Exeter. The study, which was published in the journal Advanced Materials and funded by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, involved the first ever demonstration of simultaneous information processing…

NASA Ends Efforts to Contact Mars Rover
05/25/11 — NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010. A transmission that will end on Wednesday, May 25, will be the last in a series of attempts. Extensive communications activities during the past 10 months also have explored…

Applying Neuroscience to Robot Vision
05/19/11 — After three years of intense work, members of a European research effort called EYESHOTS have made progress in controlling the interaction between vision and movement, and as a result have designed an advanced three-dimensional visual system synchronized with robotic arms which could allow robots to observe and be aware of…

Seminar Probes Future of AI
04/29/11 — Artificial Intelligence offers many possibilities for developing data processing systems that are more precise and robust. That is one of the main conclusions drawn from an international encounter of experts in this scientific area, recently held at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). In the course of the meeting, speakers…

Reconfigurable, Modular Robot Heads for Commercial Development
03/28/11 —   An intelligent, reconfigurable modular robot invented by a UC Davis alumnus and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering is headed for commercial development with the help of a grant from the National Science Foundation. Graham Ryland and Professor Harry Cheng hope their “iMobot” will be a useful research…

Prosthetic Arms to Get More Real
03/04/11 —   The hand, wrist, and fingers are controlled through thousands of nerve channels. Current prosthetic arms have neural interfaces to only six or eight channels, enabling only simple movements without feeling or feedback to the brain. Mario Romero-Ortega, a bioengineer at the University of Texas Arlington, has received a $2.2…

Brain-Machine Interface Learns About Its User
02/24/11 —   You may have heard of virtual keyboards controlled by thought, brain-powered wheelchairs, and neuro-prosthetic limbs. Once the mind is trained to send the right kind of signals, operating the interface can be downright tiring for the mind—a fact that prevents the technology from being of much use to people…

Keynote Speakers Set for NextGen Education and Research Robotics Virtual Summit
02/22/11 —   Join Robotics Trends on March 10, 2011 at the NextGen Education and Robotics Virtual Summit and hear from industry visionaries working to accelerate learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among K-12 and college-level students. Featured keynote speakers are: Paul Copioli, president, VEX Robotics: VEX Robotics and STEM…

AI Control System Enables Spacecraft to Think for Themselves
02/15/11 —   An artificially intelligent control system called “sysbrain” has been developed by Professor Sandor Veres and his team of engineers at the University of Southampton that will enable engineers to program satellites and spacecraft to think for themselves. Using natural language programming (NLP), the software agents can read special English…

Researchers Devise a Universal Intelligence Test
02/10/11 — Until now there has not been any way of checking whether current computer systems are more intelligent than those in use 20 years ago. But that could change thanks to a study performed by a pair of researchers from Spain and Australia. “We have developed an 'anytime' intelligence test; in…

For Robust Robots, Let Them Be Babies First
01/26/11 —   Watching a tadpole turn into a frog is not too far off from what University of Vermont roboticist Josh Bongard has discovered, as he reports in the January 10 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In a first-of-its-kind experiment, Bongard created both simulated and…

CoroWare Announces Explorer Mobile Robot Upgrade
12/21/10 —   CoroWare, Inc. has a new feature upgrade for the CoroWare Explorer line of mobile robots that company says will greatly improve the duration and flexibility of mobile robotics projects, especially for educators and researchers working on outdoor field projects. Mobile robotics researchers working on cognitive science and outdoor navigation…

VEX Robotics Sponsors Robotics Trends’ NextGen Education & Research Robotics Virtual Summit
12/14/10 — Robotics Trends today announced that VEX Robotics, Inc. has signed on as Platinum Keynote Sponsor of the Robotics Trends: NextGen Education & Research Robotics Virtual Summit, taking place on March 10th, 2011. Attendees of the NextGen Education & Research Robotics Virtual Summit will include teachers, principals, department heads, college professors…

Humanoid Robot to Test Warfighter Protection Equipment
11/23/10 —   Midwest Research Institute (MRI), an independent research organization located in Kansas City, Mo., has been authorized to proceed with the Phase IIa of the Individual Protection Ensemble Mannequin System (IPEMS). Funded by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense and the Joint Project Manager for Nuclear, Biological,…

Virtual Flight on a Robotic Arm
11/04/10 —   Only Andreas Knoblach’s legs hang out from under the cover of the ‘cockpit.’ They are dangling five meters above the ground while the enormous robotic arm slowly swivels the virtual-reality ‘capsule’ and its occupant and moves along a track in front of a large screen. Mountains, valleys and meadows…




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