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Robotic Ankle Research Gets Off on the Right Foot
12/06/07 — An Army veteran who lost part of his leg in Iraq walked with more spring in his step Monday as he unveiled the world’s first robotic ankle—an important advance for lower-limb amputees that was developed by a team at MIT. Garth Stewart, 24, who lost his left leg below the…

Thoughts, Not Arms and Hands, Can Operate Machines
11/21/07 — Neuroscientists have significantly advanced brain-machine interface (BMI) technology to the point where severely handicapped people who cannot contract even one leg or arm muscle now can independently compose and send e-mails and operate a TV in their homes. They are using only their thoughts to execute these actions. Thanks to…

Rocket-powered Mechanical Arm Could Revolutionize Prosthetics
11/21/07 — Combine a mechanical arm with a miniature rocket motor: The result is a prosthetic device that is the closest thing yet to a bionic arm. A prototype of this radical design has been successfully developed and tested by a team of mechanical engineers at Vanderbilt University as part of a…

Carnegie Mellon System Allows Any Digital Camera To Produce Interactive, Multibillion-Pixel Panorama
11/14/07 — Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center, have built a low-cost robotic device that enables any digital camera to produce breathtaking gigapixel (billions of pixels) panoramas, called GigaPans. The technology gives people a new way to make and share images of their environment.…

Robotic Exoskeleton Replaces Muscle Work
11/08/07 — A robotic exoskeleton controlled by the wearer’s own nervous system could help users regain limb function, which is encouraging news for people with partial nervous system impairment, say University of Michigan researchers. The ankle exoskeleton developed at U-M was worn by healthy subjects to measure how the device affected ankle…

Kiva Expands Professional Services to Support Growing Customer Base
11/01/07 — Kiva Systems has announced the expansion of the company’s professional services activities with the addition of two industry veterans to work with the growing number of companies adopting Kiva’s Mobile Fulfillment technology. Mark Mastandrea, vice president of customer experience, joins Kiva to lead the system design and customer support functions,…

Virginia Tech Engineering Students Use NI LabVIEW to Develop a Fully Autonomous Humanoid Robot
11/01/07 — Engineering students from the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) at Virginia Tech have developed a bipedal humanoid robot using the National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) LabVIEW graphical system design platform. The Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence (DARwIn) was originally developed to study human locomotion for the research and development of prosthetic limbs.…

Zoom! Babies Learn to Ride Robots at the University of Delaware
11/01/07 — Babies driving robots. It sounds like the theme of a cartoon series but it is actually the focus of important and innovative research being conducted at the University of Delaware that could have significant repercussions for the cognitive development of infants with special needs. Two University of Deleware researchers –…

Microsoft Sponsors RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition
10/19/07 — Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo announced that Microsoft has joined the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition as the event’s Founding Sponsor. Microsoft will deliver a keynote session outlining its perspective of the robotics market and will host a ½ day technical seminar for commercial and academic robotic developers. The RoboDevelopment…

Carnegie Mellon Develops Mobile Robot That Balances and Moves on a Ball Instead of Wheels
08/09/07 — It weighs 95 pounds and is the approximate height and width of a person. Because of its long, thin shape and ability to maneuver in tight spaces, it has the potential to function better than current robots can in environments with people. Ballbot’s creator, Robotics Research Professor Ralph Hollis, says…

Carnegie Mellon Develops Curriculum for LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robot-Building Set
08/08/07 — Educators at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy say robotics could become an even more powerful teaching tool with curriculum they developed for the new version of LEGO Education’s popular MINDSTORMS robot-building set. The co-branded LEGO Education/Carnegie Mellon curriculum takes advantage of upgraded software and hardware, such as simplified programming and…

Brain on Chip
07/12/07 — For the first time, scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich coupled living brain tissue to a chip equivalent to the chips that run computers. The researchers under Peter Fromherz have reported this news in the online edition of the Journal of Neurophysiology (May 10, 2006).…

I Robot, Your Companion
07/09/07 — The concept of a cognitive robotic companion inspires some of the best science fiction but one day may be science fact following the work of the four-year COGNIRON project funded since January 2004 by the IST’s Future and Emerging Technologies initiative. But what could a cognitive robot companion do? “Well,…

Oshkosh Truck Awarded Roster Spot at DARPA Grand Challenge’s National Qualifying Event
06/06/07 — Oshkosh Truck Corporation [NYSE: OSK], along with partners Rockwell Collins [NYSE: COL] and the University of Parma, Italy, announced today that its TerraMax™ robotic vehicle is among a select group invited to participate in the 2005 National Qualifying Event (NQE) for the DARPA Grand Challenge, a 175-mile, off-road race in…

Robotic Whiskers Can Sense Three-Dimensional Environment
02/19/07 — Many mammals use their whiskers to explore their environment and to construct a three-dimensional image of their world. Rodents, for example, use their whiskers to determine the size, shape and texture of objects, and seals use their whiskers to track the fluid wakes of their prey. Two Northwestern University engineers…

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Uses PTC Pro/ENGINEER® To Create Lego® Mindstorms® Robots For Us
01/31/07 — PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company®, announced today that teachers working with Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotic Academy used Pro/ENGINEER Schools Edition to construct Lego NXT robots as part of the Robotics Academy’s international outreach. The Robotics Academy’s mission is to use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students…

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Uses PTC Pro/ENGINEER® To Create Lego® Mindstorms Robots For Students
01/23/07 — PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company®, announced that teachers working with Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotic Academy used Pro/ENGINEER Schools Edition to construct Lego NXT robots as part of the Robotics Academy’s international outreach. The Robotics Academy’s mission is to use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students about…

iRobot Unveils Programmable Robot
01/19/07 — iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT) has unveiled iRobot(R) Create(TM), an affordable, programmable robot designed for aspiring roboticists, advanced high-school and college students, and serious robot developers. Create comes pre-assembled, so developers can design new robots without having to build a mobile robot from scratch. The latest robot is available at http://www.irobot.com and…




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