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Harvard’s RoboBees on the Verge of Gaining Intelligence
05/09/13 — Harvard researchers have created a working prototype of a robotic bee and have been flying prototypes for months. The next step is equipping them with brains. That the bees, which are described as being half the size of a paperclip and weighing less than a tenth of a gram, can fly…

Rethink Releases Baxter for Academic Research
05/02/13 — Developers at Rethink Robotics in Boston have the newest version of the company’s flagship product, the Baxter Research Robot. The humanoid robot was developed for use in colleges and universities, and is designed to work alongside technicians and researchers.  Baxter has two seven-axis arms, a 360-degree sonar and a front camera for…

KUKA Robot Builds Ikea Furniture Via Kinesthetic Teaching
04/23/13 — Researchers from the Department of Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology and the Institute of Robotics and IndustrialInformatics (News - Alert) at the Spanish National Research Council/Polytechnical University of Catalonia have developed a robot capable of learning by imitation, and have demonstrated this capability by teaching it to help build an IKEA table. In…

Robotics Student Simplifies Power Line Inspection
04/18/13 — Mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego invented a robot designed to scoot along utility lines, searching for damage and other problems that require repairs. Made of off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts printed on an inexpensive 3D printer, the SkySweeper prototype could be scaled up for less than…

Swiss Space Systems to Construct Robotic Rocket
04/11/13 — A Swiss firm says it intends to construct a robotic rocket plane that will launch satellites into orbit off the back of a modified jetliner. Swiss Space Systems -- S3 -- says its unmanned suborbital shuttle could be traveling to launch height atop an Airbus A300 jetliner by 2017. "S3…

GIT Applies Dance Style to Robotic Motion
04/04/13 — A dancing robot is nothing new. But at the Georgia Institute of Technology, researchers are taking robots and dance to a higher level. Instead of programming a robot to copy an existing dance such as those in the online videos, Amy LaViers, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical and computer engineering,…

Ship-based Quadcopter Designed to Rescue Potential Drowning Victims
03/28/13 — The RTS Lab in Tehran is developing Pars, an aerial rescue robot designed to save potential drowning victims. The ship-based quadcopter that responds instantly when alerted to potential victims in the ocean, locating them with FLIR, and dispensing life preservers directly over them. The first purpose of building the robot…

Henrik Christensen Presents New Roadmap for U.S. Robotics
03/21/13 — Robots are being used more widely than expected in a variety of sectors, and the trend is likely to continue with robotics becoming as ubiquitous as computer technology over the next 15 years. That is the message Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech's KUKA Chair of Robotics in the College of Computing,…

Osaka University’s New Biometric Platform is a Robotic Cheetah
03/13/13 — Roboticists around the world are in the process of reverse engineering the anatomical construction of cheetahs and other cats in an attempt to develop faster and more agile legged robots. The latest project, dubbed the Pneupard, hails from Osaka University. Although still early in development, the new biomimetic platform stands…

Bio-inspired UUVs Navigate Flowscapes
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Robotics Testing Center Opens at UMass Lowell
02/27/13 — The New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation or NERVE Center was awarded $135,000 from the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund and put the investment to good use.   NERVE Center is the only robotics test site in the Northeast and one of only three in the nation.  Boston Herald:…

Oxford University Perfects its Driverless Car
02/20/13 — For years, researchers around the world have toiled to turn driverless cars from science-fiction to reality. Now a team of Oxford University scientists has created a robotic car, controlled by nothing more than an iPad. Acting just like a plane on auto-pilot, it is designed to take over from humans…

Robot Designed to Force Rats into Depression
02/14/13 — Rats and mice are often instrumental in testing new drug treatments before they reach the clinical use phase. To create the appropriate conditions to test a drug for depression, though, researchers need to induce a model of depression in the test subject. In order to create a workable model of…

U.S. Navy Wants Robots that Respond to Pheromones
02/07/13 — Aircraft carrier crews are likely to get rather pungent as they perform the hard tasks of assembling, loading and hauling the massive weaponry that gives the U.S. Navy its edge. To make their lives easier, the Navy’s exploring the idea of developing a “robotic semiautonomous swarm on a ship” that…

Scientists Favor Robots for Monitoring Whale Sounds
01/30/13 — Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit oceanographic research institution.  Its mission statement says that it is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society. WHOI…

Hi-Tech Library Employs Book Retrieving Robot
01/24/13 — We all have memories of our favorite librarian. Perhaps it was an older woman or gentleman who helped us with a big research project in high school or college. Or maybe we remember the young, fun librarians who nurtured our reading habits as little kids, recommending picture books and leading…

Next Step in Robotic Satellite Servicing to Take Place Aboard International Space Station
01/16/13 — In mid-January, NASA will take the next step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies as it tests the Robotic Refueling Mission, or RRM aboard the International Space Station. The investigation may one day substantially impact the many satellites that deliver products Americans rely upon daily, such as weather reports, cell phones…

Texas Instruments Employee Creates Innovative Robot Tester While Still an Intern
01/10/13 — Robotic testing machines that can mimic interactions such as finger swipes, taps and pinches – and are essential to developing touch screen controller chips – can cost $80,000. Or more. But TIer Gautham Ramachandran has designed an innovative tester robot that costs less than $1,000. The most impressive detail? It…




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