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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.…

Group Hopes Training Work Force Will Expand Local Robotics Industry
03/04/09 — A group of colleges and engineering companies in the Pittsburgh area are coming together to sponsor an associate degree program in robotics for local community colleges. The two year Robotics Engineering Technology degree program is designed to train students with high-school-equivalent educations how to build and maintain robots and embedded…

Honda Unveils Experimental Walking Assist Device With Bodyweight Support System
02/12/09 — Honda’s second ‘Walking Assist’ device is not designed for the infirmed, but as a ‘Lifestyle Enhancement’ product that provides additional load support for the legs and body. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled its second experimental walking assist device that helps support bodyweight to reduce the load on an individual’s legs…

‘The Wright Brothers All Over Again’: Cross-Disciplinary Cooperation Drives Unmanned Aerial Systems
02/12/09 — University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences built its reputation long ago as an innovative pioneer in training the world’s future pilots. With its “manned” aviation legacy soaring, the school has turned to a new challenge, one that involves no pilot, at least not onboard the…

Carnegie Mellon, U at Buffalo Collaborate on $4.7 Million Project To Advance Public Transportation
12/16/08 — Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York, are collaborating on a five-year, $4.7 million effort to advance public transportation for people with disabilities by bringing together computer science technology and the principles of universal design. Their grant from the U.S. Department…

Carnegie Mellon Developing Automated Systems To Enable Precision Farming of Apples, Oranges
12/16/08 — The Comprehensive Automation for Specialty Crops (CASC) Program and the Integrated Automation for Sustainable Specialty Crop Farming Project at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have received a total of $10 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build automated apple and orange farming systems. Two groups…




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