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UC Berkeley Researchers Develop a Robot That Folds Towels
04/03/10 — Willow Garage’s PR2 robot, running an algorithm developed by University of California Berkeley researchers, can now fold towels of different sizes, colors and materials.  More than a household convenience, the project is a breakthrough in the robotic manipulation of non-rigid, deformable objects. Who wouldn’t want a robot that could make…

Teaching Your Car How To Drive
03/16/10 — What if your car could learn how you handle different driving situations, then alert you if you fail to slow for a curve or start driving erratically? A European research project has already built a working prototype of a car so smart that it goes to driving school every day.…

“ABE” Autonomous Submersible Lost at Sea
03/09/10 — Researchers believe 15-year-old Autonomous Benthic Explorer (ABE), one of the first successful submersible vehicles that was both unmanned and untethered to surface ships, and the first autonomous robot to make detailed maps of mid-ocean ridges, suffered a catastrophic implosion of one of the glass spheres used to keep ABE buoyant.…

The International Space Elevator Consortium Announces the Pearson and Artsutanov Prizes
03/08/10 — The Pearson prize will be awarded for that paper which best addresses the topic of Space Debris Mitigation in relation to a Space Elevator, while the Artsutanov prize will be awarded for the best paper on any other Space Elevator-related topic. The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC), an independent group…

Unmanned Helicopter Would Investigate Nuclear Disasters
03/07/10 — Autonomous helicopter built by Virginia Tech’s Unmanned Systems Laboratory is designed to fly into cities after a nuclear attack in order to detect radiation levels, map and photograph damage. Students at Virginia Tech’s Unmanned Systems Laboratory are perfecting an autonomous helicopter they hope will never be used for its intended…

Robot Provides 3-D Images of Dangerous Locations
02/22/10 — Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Missouri-Columbia partner to develop a remote-controlled robot that is equipped with an infrared camera and LIDAR technology capable of providing detailed images of room interiors even when peering through a window. Soldiers and first responders may soon have…

Artificial Foot Recycles Energy for Easier Walking
02/17/10 — Energy-recycling artificial foot significantly reduces effort to walk compared to traditional prosthetic devices. An artificial foot that recycles energy otherwise wasted in between steps could make it easier for amputees to walk, its developers say. “For amputees, what they experience when they’re trying to walk normally is what I would…

Researchers Develop the First Fully Autonomous Underwater Manipulation System
02/12/10 — Using funding from the US Office of Naval Research, Autonomous Systems Laboratory of the University of Hawaii and its spin-off company, MASE, Inc., have developed SAUVIM, an underwater robot capable of performing autonomous navigation and manipulation. The first fully autonomous underwater manipulation in an unstructured environment was demonstrated at the…

Robot Programming Used to Measure Effectiveness of Virtual Learning
01/21/10 — Using robot programming as a measure for teaching effectiveness, four senior academics in the UK and Japan are looking into how virtual environments such as Second Life contribute to high quality teaching and learning. Discovering whether virtual environments play an effective role in the way that humans learn is the…

Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots for 2010 Competition
01/05/10 — A team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from Virginia Tech’s Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems in building a team battle-ready robots as part of an international war games challenge. The roving, walking robotic soldiers of the “Terminator” films are becoming less sci-fi, and more certain future every day.…

Cockroaches Offer Inspiration for Running Robots
12/29/09 — Oregon State University researchers are working to apply basic biological and mechanical principles that allow certain animals to run effortlessly over rough terrain to running robots. By By David Stauth The sight of a cockroach scurrying for cover may be nauseating, but the insect is also a biological and engineering…

UB Professor Studies the Flight of Hummingbirds To Develop Self-Propelled Surveillance Devices
12/18/09 — To better understand how a three-dimensional vortex forms, University at Buffalo researchers are conducting experiments using lasers and rectangular flapping “wings” in a water tank. The secret to the flight of the hummingbird and other tiny birds and insects lies in the looping, swirling flow of air, called a vortex,…

Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots for 2010 Competition
12/16/09 — The roving, walking robotic soldiers of the “Terminator” films are becoming less sci-fi and more certain future every day. Now, a team of robotics researchers from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering will build a team of fully autonomous cooperative battle-ready robots as part of a 2010 international war games…

iRobot Launches New Initiative to ‘SPARK’ STEM Education in the Classroom
12/09/09 — iRobot’s new education initiative – the Starter Programs for the Advancement of Robotics Knowledge (SPARK) – centers on a comprehensive library of robotics educational resources designed to increase interest in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in K-12 students. Live demos are also included in the program.…

Researchers Demonstrate a Better Way for Computers to ‘See’
12/07/09 — Taking inspiration from genetic screening techniques, researchers from MIT and Harvard have harnessed the processing power of dozens of high-performance NVIDIA graphics cards and PlayStation 3s gaming devices to create a high-throughput screening process that teases out the best parameters for visual object recognition tasks. The neural processing involved in…

SPARKy Device Helps Amputees Return to Normal Lives
12/07/09 — Arizona State University researchers employ regenerative kinetics in the design of an new prosthetic ankle named after ASU’s mascot – SPARKy. Arizona State University researchers have developed a prosthetic device that literally puts the spring back into an amputee’s step. They have developed and refined SPARKy (for spring ankle with…

Cornell Search-and-Rescue Robots to Compete Internationally
12/02/09 — Segway based search-and-rescue robots from Cornell are semifinalists in the first Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC), co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Australian Defense Science and Technology Organization. By Anne Ju Scouring an earthquake site or other disaster area is treacherous for humans and often leads to…

This Smart Wheelchair Has Laser Vision
11/16/09 — Lehigh University researcher uses a National Science Foundation grant to develop a robotic wheelchair that navigates on its own, with no human guidance or remote control, through a crowded city. Disability, John Spletzer believes, should no longer pose any obstacle to mobility. A blind person may not be able to…




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