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Robots Learn from Their Mistakes… If We Correct Them
11/06/13 — Cornell University engineers have taught a robot to work in a mock-supermarket checkout line, modifying a Baxter robot from Rethink Robotics in Boston to "coactively learn" from humans and make adjustments while an action is in progress. "We give the robot a lot of flexibility in learning," said Ashutosh Saxena,…

Frank the Bionic Man Runs on Russian AI
10/30/13 — i-Free, a Russian mobile applications and games developer and publisher, provided the artificial intelligence (AI) technology used in the world’s first bionic man, a bio-robot named Frank, created by UK-based Shadow Robot Co. The Bionic Man showcases the latest achievements in bionics and prosthetics. Frank was assembled with bionic parts replacing those…

Unbounded Robotics Unveils Co-Robot
10/24/13 — PORTLAND, Ore. — The day fast approaches when that colleague you have lunch with in the office breakroom will not be a person at all. Earlier this year Unbounded Robotics Inc.  in Santa Clara, Calif., spun off from Willow Garage -- maker of the pioneering Personal Robot (now in its second generation, PR-2).…

Unloading a Spacecraft: Robots’ Next Great Frontier
10/24/13 — More than 50 students from five countries gathered at ESA's technical heart in the Netherlands yesterday to unleash their robotic creations after six months preparing for the finals of the Volare Space Robotics challenge. Seven teams battled with their remote-control robots on a mock-up of the International Space Station. Their…

Monkeys See CPU, and Like It
10/16/13 — Whether you’re already planning what your mechanised personal assistant will look like in the future or worrying that machines will inherit the Earth, there is no denying that human beings are fascinated by robots. It seems that some chimpanzees can’t get enough of them either. We are naturally inclined to…

Robotics Sees the Future, and It’s Statistics
10/09/13 — Object recognition is one of the most widely studied problems in computer vision. But a robot that manipulates objects in the world needs to do more than just recognize them; it also needs to understand their orientation. Is that mug right-side up or upside-down? And which direction is its handle…

HI-SEAS Project Tries Out the Cutest Robotic Companions in Mars Simulation
10/02/13 — Imagine living for four months in total isolation with six other humans, all locked up in an advanced facility that simulates life on Mars. That was the goal of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project, and I was one of the lucky individuals to take part in this experiment.…

Wave Glider Robots Used to Research Phytoplankton “Dead Zones”
09/25/13 — Liquid Robotics, which makes submersible robots, is announcing today the winners of its grand prize for the super ocean geek scientist who made the best use of the data collected by the company’s Wave Gliders ocean robots. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company has created its Wave Glider series of robots that ride the…

“Snakes” on a Planet: The New Robots (That Could Be) Bound for Mars
09/18/13 — So far, the only robots to be sent to the Martian surface have come in the form of stationary landers or mobile rovers. But could the next generation of robotic Mars explorer come in the form of a… snake? This little bit of lateral, slithery thinking comes from researchers at SINTEF  (Stiftelsen…

Help a Roboticist Out, Play a Game
09/11/13 — The next experiment from Rice University's Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory (MRSL) could happen on your desktop. The lab's researchers are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based upon data from five free online games that anyone can play. "What we learn from the game and our lab experiments applies directly…

Yeti Robot Finds Dangerous Cracks in Arctic Ice
09/04/13 — A new robot is roaming the earth's poles in the name of science. The Yeti robot, designed by Dartmount undergraduate engineering students, is helping researchers to carry out their work more safely by detecting buried crevasses and other hazards in the ice. Even better, it was made on the cheap. “It’s simple…

STRANDS Project Trains Robots to be Carers and Security Guards
08/28/13 — At first, Linda doesn't seem like the sort of carer I would want in my old age. She's completely silent, never smiles, and hasn't got any arms. But experts believe that Linda, a £25,000 robot who resembles a human-sized chess pawn, could be the perfect solution to one of the…

Deep Sea Search for WWII Pilots Uses AUVs
08/21/13 — In a bright morning in mid-March, Pat Scannon stands on the deck of a 40-foot catamaran looking for an airplane hidden in the waters of Palau’s western lagoon. A limestone ridge thick with vegetation juts into the cloudless blue sky behind him. His quick-dry clothing, coupled with a red bandanna…

Florida Hopes Drones Can Help Regulate Mosquitoes
08/14/13 — The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is always on the lookout for innovative new ways to make the job of killing the persistent pests more efficient. Typically used for law enforcement, the district is floating the idea of using an "unmanned autonomous vehicle" -- a drone -- to help spot…

Improving Robotics on Mars
08/07/13 — Since 1976, when the Viking 1 and Viking 2 landed on Mars, robots have explored, analyzed and photographed from the planet's surface. Controlling these devices has always posed a few challenges. Radio signals take about four minutes to reach Mars from Earth, making every robotic movement a delayed reaction. Another…

A Missing Leg Won’t Stop This Robot
07/31/13 — If the movies have taught us anything, it's that chopping a futuristic death robot's leg off does not significantly diminish its capacity to hunt you down. Want to know where that capacity for being utterly unstoppable came from? It's this, right here. After just 20 minutes worth of iterations, in…

Robotic Crab Can Navigate in Strong Underwater Currents
07/24/13 — One problem with conventional ROVs is that while their propellers are plenty strong enough to kick up columns of silt from the sea floor, they typically lack the power to effectively navigate in strong currents, which limits where and how well they can survey a given area. But this new…

Robotic Frog’s Mating Calls Pass the Test
07/16/13 — In my admittedly limited experience, no species (especially not humans) is particularly clever when it comes to properly interpreting mating calls. Let’s take the túngara frog as an example, because someone made a robotic one, so we can talk about it. The female túngara frog (they can be found hopping…




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