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Is My Robot Happy to See Me?
10/19/09 — Scientists at Georgia Tech tested the ability of humans to interpret a robot’s “emotion” by reading its expression to see if there were any differences between the ages. They found unexpected differences in the way older adults read a robot’s face compared to younger adults. People are social creatures. Robots…

Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Improved Robotic Hand Captures Top Award
10/08/09 — Virginia Tech students develop a robotic hand, the RAPHaEL (Robotic Air Powered Hand with Elastic Ligaments), powered by compressed air that does not require the use of motors or other expensive and bulky actuators. The Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) has captured another top award…

Lasers Generate Underwater Sound
10/05/09 — Naval Research Laboratory research could find application for undersea communications, navigation, and acoustic imaging, including use in unmanned underwater systems. Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory are developing a new technology for use in underwater acoustics. The new technology uses flashes of laser light to remotely create underwater sound. The…

ABB and Vincennes University Partner for Robotic Training at the College’s New $9 Million Facility
10/04/09 — Collaboration includes robots and related work cells, software and controllers donated to VU to expose students cutting edge robotic technology. ABB Robotics, a leading supplier of industrial robots, and Vincennes University (VU) have formed a partnership that will greatly enhance the Indiana college’s vocational and technical robotic training, and provide…

QinetiQ North America Awards New Robotics Fellowship to CMU Student
10/01/09 — QinetiQ’s Technology Solutions Group’s inaugural “Robotics Fellowship” goes to first-year PhD student at robotics powerhouse Carnegie Mellon University. Daniel Munoz, a first-year Ph.D. student in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, is the first recipient of the QinetiQ North America Robotics Fellowship, which will provide him with three years of educational…

Rensselaer Researchers to Develop and Test Next-Generation Radar Systems
10/01/09 — Under a grant awarded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers are developing and testing next-generation radar systems where conventional radar systems are replaced or augmented by many small, inexpensive radio frequency (RF) sensors that are stationary or deployed on air, space, or ground…

Nine International Research Teams Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots from Numerous Locations
09/18/09 — Teams from the U.S., Europe and Asia demonstrate interoperation of nine telesurgical robots using protocol developed by University of Washington and SRI International researchers. Using a new software convention called the Interoperable Telesurgical Protocol, nine research teams from universities and research institutes around the world recently collaborated on the first…

University of Washington Seaglider Sets New Underwater Endurance and Range Records
09/15/09 — Over a nine month period a glider makes 737 dives down to a depth of 3,280 feet as it propelled itself through 3,050 miles of water.  A University of Washington Seaglider operated for 9 months and 5 days in the Pacific Ocean, an endurance record more than double what any…

Using Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home
09/08/09 — University of Illinois at Chicago researchers are using a three-year National Science Foundation grant funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to develop a robot that can communication with elderly people with limited mobility. Robots that lend a very human-like helping hand to healthy elderly people with…

New Robots Mimic Fish’s Swimming—Could be Used in Underwater Exploration
08/24/09 — MIT researchers develop simple, yet robust underwater robots based on form factors developed over millions of years of evolution. Borrowing from Mother Nature, a team of MIT researchers has built a school of swimming robo-fish that slip through the water just as gracefully as the real thing, if not quite…

Robo-Bats With Metal Muscles May Be Next Generation of Remote Control Flyers
07/10/09 — North Carolina State University employ bio-mimetics in the form factor of a bat for the development of micro-aerial vehicles (MAV). Tiny flying machines can be used for everything from indoor surveillance to exploring collapsed buildings, but simply making smaller versions of planes and helicopters doesn’t work very well. Instead, researchers…

Real-Time Control of Wheelchairs With Brain Waves
06/30/09 — The BSI-TOYOTA Collaboration Center have announced their success using a new signal processing technology for brain machine interface (BMI).  They have developed a system which utilizes one of the fastest technologies in the world, controlling a wheelchair using brain waves in as little as 125 milliseconds (one millisecond, or ms,…

Biology Knows Best – Human-like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally
06/30/09 — A robotic vision system that mimics key visual functions of the human brain promises to let robots maneuver quickly and safely through cluttered environments, and to help guide the visually impaired. It’s something any toddler can do – cross a cluttered room to find a toy. It’s also one of…

Co-operating Underwater Robots Rapidly Identify and Communicate Potential Threats in Murky Waters
06/29/09 — Novel underwater laser networking and imaging technologies being developed by scientists at the Ocean Visibility and Optics Laboratory at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University may provide significant advantages over existing technologies in rapidly identifying and communicating potential threats in murky coastal waters. Harbor Branch has received $2…

Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle “Nereus” Reaches Deepest Part of the Ocean
06/05/09 — A new type of deep-sea robotic vehicle called Nereus has successfully reached the deepest part of the world’s ocean, reports a team of U.S. engineers and scientists aboard the research vessel Kilo Moana. The dive to 10,902 meters (6.8 miles) occurred on May 31, 2009, at the Challenger Deep in…

Low Cost, Dexterous Robotic Hand Operated by Compressed Air
05/28/09 — xxxxxxxThe Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech has developed a unique robotic hand that can firmly hold objects as heavy as a can of food or as delicate as a raw egg, while dexterous enough to gesture for sign language. | Named RAPHaEL…

LIDAR May Offer Peerless Precision for Remote Measures
05/26/09 — By combining the best of two different distance measurement approaches with a super-accurate technology called an optical frequency comb, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a laser ranging system that can pinpoint multiple objects with nanometer precision over distances up to 100 kilometers. By…

JAMA Article Shows Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Patients Have Greater Control of Prosthetic Arms
05/19/09 — The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the nation’s #1 rehabilitation hospital[1], announced its Center for Bionic Medicine has harnessed a new pattern recognition technique that allows quicker and more refined control for myoelectric arms used in combination with the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) procedure, which allows patients to control prosthetic…




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