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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…

Robotic Gripper Eschews Design Based on the Human Hand
11/02/10 —   The human hand is an amazing machine that can pick up, move, and place objects easily, but for a robot, this “gripping” mechanism is a vexing challenge. Opting for simple elegance, researchers from Cornell, the University of Chicago, and iRobot Corp. have created a versatile gripper using everyday ground…

SMU-led Research Center Aims to Connect Brain Signals to Robotic Limbs
10/20/10 —   Lightning-fast connections between robotic limbs and the human brain may be within reach for injured soldiers and other amputees with the establishment of a multimillion-dollar research center led by Southern Methodist University engineers. Funded by a Department of Defense initiative dedicated to audacious challenges and intense time schedules, the…

Need a Lift? Phone Robocar to Pick You Up
10/19/10 —   German scientists have unveiled the latest in self-driving car technology—an autonomous vehicle named “MadeInGermany” (MIG) that passengers can even call for a lift. Computer scientist Raul Rojas and his team at Berlin’s Free University (FU) have developed the experimental car which they hope will revolutionize the future of driving.…

Dancing Robot Swan Triggers Emotions
10/13/10 —   The dying swan is sometimes moving smoothly and gently, sometimes in a dramatic and fiery manner, as Tchaikovsky´s majestic music from the ballet Swan Lake is playing. Yet this is no ordinary ballet dancer, but a robot in the form of a swan, created at Mälardalen University and choreographed…

New Robot with Force Feedback Promises Better Surgery
09/30/10 —   TU/e researcher Linda van den Bedem developed a compact surgical robot that uses “force feedback” to enable a surgeon to feel what he or she is doing. Van den Bedem intends to market Sofie, an acronym for the Surgeon’s Operating Force-feedback Interface Eindhoven. Robotic surgery makes it possible to…

Humanoid Robot Learns Archery
09/28/10 —   Ready, aim, release. That sequence for shooting an arrow at a target might be self-evident to adults and even children, but not so for a robot. So researchers at the Italian Institute ofTechnology developed a learning algorithm that's being used to teach the skill of archery to a humanoid…

Home-Based Robotic Helpers on the Horizon
09/27/10 —   They’re mundane, yet daunting tasks: Tidying a messy room. Assembling a bookshelf from a kit of parts. Fetching a hairbrush for someone who can’t do it herself. What if a robot could do it for you? Assistant professor of computer science Ashutosh Saxena is working to bring such robots…

Football Playing Robots Have the Future of Artificial Intelligence at Their Feet
09/27/10 —   The new Premier League season is underway and in Madrid the World Cup celebrations are barely over, yet according to research in WIREs Cognitive Science, the world’s best players may soon be facing a new challenge from football playing robots, which their creators claim will be able to play…

Engineers Make Artificial Skin Out of Nanowires
09/13/10 —   Engineers at UC Berkeley have developed a pressure-sensitive electronic material from semiconductor nanowires that could one day give new meaning to the term “thin-skinned.” “The idea is to have a material that functions like the human skin, which means incorporating the ability to feel and touch objects,” says Ali…

Researchers Give Robots the Ability to Lie
09/12/10 —   A robot deceives an enemy soldier by creating a false trail and hiding so that it will not be caught. While this sounds like a scene from one of the Terminator movies, it’s actually the scenario of an experiment conducted by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology as…

Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help the Stickybot Robot Climb
09/12/10 —   A Stanford mechanical engineer is using the biology of a gecko’s sticky foot to create a robot that climbs. In the same way the small reptile can scale a wall of slick glass, the Stickybot can climb smooth surfaces with feet modeled on the intricate design of gecko toes.…

Carnegie Mellon Computer Vision Systems Decipher Outdoor Scenes
09/12/10 —   Computer vision systems can struggle to make sense of a single image, but a new method devised by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University enables computers to gain a deeper understanding of an image by reasoning about the physical constraints of the scene. In much the same way that…

MIT Researchers Unveil Autonomous Oil-Absorbing Robot
09/10/10 —   Using a cutting-edge nanotechnology, researchers at MIT have created a robotic prototype that could autonomously navigate the surface of the ocean to collect surface oil and process it on site. The system, called Seaswarm, is a fleet of vehicles that may make cleaning up future oil spills both less…

CMU Offers Robotic Systems Development Degree Program
08/23/10 — Carnegie Mellon University’s Masters Degree Program in robotics requires a seven-month internship with an affiliated industrial partner active in robotics or automation. Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is offering a new master’s degree program in robotic systems development that will provide beginning and early-entry practicing professionals with the multidisciplinary skills…




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