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Clearpath Robotics’ Demining Robot Used in Lifesaving Research
01/23/14 — (Kitchener, ON, Canada – January 23, 2013)  The University of Coimbra’s Institute of Systems and Robotics (http://isr.uc.pt/) is working diligently to automate the extremely dangerous and manual job of clearing minefields for humanitarian demining efforts. Canadian robotics makers, Clearpath Robotics, sponsored the project by providing the mobile robotic base. “Minesweeping…

New Silver Nanowire Sensors to Improve Robotic Prosthetics
01/22/14 — North Carolina State University researchers have used silver nanowires to develop wearable, multifunctional sensors that could be used in biomedical, military or athletic applications, including new prosthetics, robotic systems and flexible touch panels. The sensors can measure strain, pressure, human touch and bioelectronic signals such as electrocardiograms. "The technology is…

RoboEarth Going Live for Tests
01/15/14 — A world wide web for robots to learn from each other and share information is being shown off for the first time. Scientists behind RoboEarth will put it through its paces at Eindhoven University in a mocked-up hospital room. Four robots will use the system to complete a series of…

UAVs Instrumental in Antarctic Research Studies
01/08/14 — Robotic drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are slowly becoming efficient and indispensable scientific tools, especially for scientists working in hostile environments. This was made abundantly clear during a recent study conducted in Antarctica, where researchers used a small drone to conduct radar studies of the ice packs covering the South…

NASA Super Ball Bot Would Crash Land… on Purpose
01/02/14 — Landing a robot of any kind on another planet or moon is no easy—or cheap—feat. But researchers at NASA are developing a more economical solution to getting equipment onto extraterrestrial ground. The “Super Ball Bot,” a lightweight and extremely flexible rover, could make the trip without expensive parachutes, airbags or…

Coffee and Whiskers: The Future of Space Robotics?
12/24/13 — London (CNN) — What do artificial whiskers and coffee-filled balloons have in common? The answer is that they are both tools on experimental robots—but they are also being put forward as possible ideas to help future planetary explorations. "Shrewbot" is the latest in a line of robots developed by teams at…

EPSRC Invests in Human-Robot Interaction Project
12/18/13 — Psychologists from the University of Bath are taking part in a major project looking at how cutting-edge robotics can enable people to participate in public spaces, as a place to meet and share ideas without being there in person. The £2 million three-year project, Being There: Humans and Robots in…

MIT Working on Voice Commanded Robotic Wheelchair
12/11/13 — MIT researchers are developing a robotic wheelchair that aims to revolutionize the way people with progressive neurological diseases move around in long-term care facilities. The idea is that the wheelchair would be able to understand voice commands and navigate to different areas, helping people with diseases such as multiple sclerosis…

Furhat, Sweden’s Social Robot
12/04/13 — An increasingly important -- and sometimes frustrating -- part of daily life is dealing with so-called "user interfaces." Whether it's a smartphone or an airport check-in system, the user's ability to get what they want out of the machine relies on their own adaptability to unfamiliar interfaces. But what if…

Building a Better Rover Motor
11/27/13 — In the world of robotics, identifying actuators that are strong and compact is probably one of the most important open technological problems yet to be resolved. More often than not, the mechanical elements that translate data into doing are big, rough, and generally unfriendly for use in everyday robotics, said…

Meet Rover, the Robo Cow Herder
11/20/13 — Researchers at the University of Sydney tested the four-wheel robot, named Rover, to round up cows and move them from a field to a dairy. They said the $1m (£490,000) prototype, which was adapted from monitoring fruit orchards on farm, was able to move the cows in a calm and…

Robonaut Gets Legs, Spacewalks
11/13/13 — Think of Robonaut as the strong, silent type. He wasn't programmed to talk but he's diligently working his sign language. He offered on Twitter to play the role of George Clooney's sidekick if there is a "Gravity" prequel. And his tweets show a sense of humor -- in one he told the…

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…




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