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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…

Robots Help Gain Insight Into Ant Brain
07/16/13 — Robots built to mimic ants suggest that real ants waste little, if any, mental energy deciding which way to go when they reach an uneven fork in the road, according to a new study. Instead, the ants just take the easiest route as dictated by geometry. "The shape of their…

Mainstream Agriculture Robotics Still a Ways Off
07/10/13 — Several businesses and organizations are working on robotics to solve problems relating to growing and harvesting plants and crops. These solutions are in various stages of development, from experimental to production. While the technology behind them is impressive, the overriding question is: Will these solutions ever be produced and used…

Robotic Probe Launcher Making Waves in Ocean Data Collection
07/02/13 — Our understanding of the ocean and its variability relies on the tools ocean scientists deploy to collect data. One tool routinely used is the eXpendable BathyThermograph (XBT) probe, which is usually deployed by hand one at a time at sea. "We put a ship rider on board and they launch…

Robots See Hallucinated People
06/25/13 — A team of robotics engineers working in the Personal Robotics Lab at Cornell University (led by Ashutosh Saxena) has developed a new way to give robots a context-sensitive way to organize a room. Instead of providing the robots with a map, the researchers instead cause the robot to "imagine" how…

Robots Assemble…into Distributed Flight Array!
06/18/13 — “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” — a catch phrase that aptly expresses the Distributed Flight Array: a modular robot consisting of hexagonal-shaped single-rotor units that can take on just about any shape or form. Although each unit is capable of generating enough thrust to lift itself off…

Zoe Robot Hunts for Subsurface Life in Chile
06/12/13 — The autonomous, solar-powered Zoë, which became the first robot to map microbial life during a 2005 field expedition in Chile's Atacama Desert, is heading back to the world's driest desert this month on a NASA astrobiology mission led by Carnegie Mellon University and the SETI Institute. This time, Zoë is…

Lego and Sony Team Up to Make Real “Video” Games
06/03/13 — There are already a few ways you can make Lego robotics, including Lego Mindstorms -- the latest iteration of which includes support for smartphone control -- and, more recently, a Kickstarter campaign to get Raspberry Pi in on the action. The toy company, however, seems to be seeking new ways…




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