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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…

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…




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