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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…

Seaglider Monitors Waters from Arctic During Record-breaking Journey Under Ice
05/14/09 — The University of Washington has surpassed its own world record for operating a glider under the ice, this time by successfully operating one of its seagliders for six months as it made round trips hundreds of miles in length under the ice at Davis Strait. - The University of Washington…

MIT Model Helps Computers Sort Data More Like Humans
05/13/09 — A new model and computer algorithm, which could have a major impact on the filed of artificial intelligence, considers a range of possible data structures for a data set, finds the best-fitting structure of each type for a given data set and then picks the type of structure that best…

Medical Robotics Expert Explores the Human-Machine Interface
04/27/09 — Like many others, University of California, Santa Cruz researcher Jacob Rosen is developing a robotics exoskeleton that has the potential to help the disabled and infirmed.  Unlike other exoskeleton projects, however, Rosen’s design allows the user to reach 95 percent of the natural range of motion.  Also, Rosen is looking…

Robot Playmates Monitor Emotional State of Children with ASD
04/10/09 — The day that robot playmates help children with autism learn the social skills that they naturally lack has come a step closer with the development of a system that allows a robot to monitor a child’s emotional state. “There is a lot of research going on around the world today…

‘Robot Scientist’ is Cool, But it Ain’t No Scientist; And That’s Not a Baby, Either
04/06/09 — The fear and assumption that robots will be replacing humans is alive and well even among the technocracy.  Or possibly the fear exists and technocrats just take advantage of it to gain more exposure.  One is a robot lab assistant that could replace graduate students, if it could ever learn…

Honda Interface Lets Human Direct Asimo Robot By Thought Alone
03/31/09 — Honda has combined two impressive but currently impractical technologies together to allow a human to control its Asimo robot simply by thinking about it. The Brain Machine Interface (BMI) uses a combination of electrical and heat scanners to identify activity in the brain, and sophisticated pattern-identification software to match that…

WPI To Launch Graduate Robotics Engineering Program
03/18/09 — Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced it will launch a master’s degree program in Robotics Engineering this fall. The new program will be taught primarily by teachers in other departments, at WPI, which established the country’s first bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering in 2006 As many as 30 faculty and…

Virginia Tech Team Wins International Competition With Robots Designed to Save Lives of Construction
03/18/09 — Members of Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory take home the grand prize at the 2008 International Capstone Design Fair for HyDRAS-Ascent and CIRCA construction robots. Both electrically powered HyDRA and compress air powered CIRCA robots were designed to serve as a practical, autonomous inspection tool for use in construction.…




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