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Startup Develops Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming
09/25/14 — Eugene Izhikevich thinks you shouldn't have to write code in order to teach robots new tricks. "It should be more like training a dog," he says.  "Instead of programming, you show it consistent examples of desired behavior."Izhikevich's startup, Brain Corporation, based in San Diego, has developed an operating system for robots called BrainOS to make that possible. To teach a robot running the software to pick up trash, for example, you would use a remote control to repeatedly guide its gripper to perform that task. After just minutes of repetition, the robot would take the initiative and start doing the…


iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum Cleaner Now Customizable
09/18/14 — Imagine a Boston Bruins-themed Roomba vacuum cleaning robot - an autonomous black-and-gold rug Zamboni, if you will, one that puts a hurting on dirt and devours dust-bunnies for lunch.As fanciful as that notion seems, it now may be possible, thanks to a new initiative from iRobot Corp., the Bedford-based company that makes a variety of robot products, from ones that can perform household chores to others that can military personnel can use to perform battlefield reconnaissance.One popular item from iRobot is the Roomba, a vacuum-cleaning robot.In a media heads-up Tuesday, iRobot said it has partnered with a company called ColorWare.…



Makr Shakr Robot Bartender to Serve Drinks on Cruise
09/11/14 — There's a new bartender set to sail on Royal Caribbean's next-generation cruise ship - a robotic bartender, to be precise. The Makr Shakr, created by designers at MIT Senseable City Lab, may not indulge stories of your latest break-up or offer philosophical advice as it slides your Moscow Mule across…

New UK Hospital Enlists AGVs to Deliver Meals to Patients
09/04/14 — Southmead Hospital, a new £430million hospital in England, has deployed a fleet of 12 automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to deliver meals to its 950 patients. The droids, which start work at 10.15 every morning, are capable of opening doors, operating lifts and picking up food without any human assistance. They…

Robot Printer Comes to You to Print Documents
08/28/14 — Fuji Xerox Co Ltd tested a printer that not only prints documents on paper but autonomously moves around a room like the Roomba robot cleaner for delivering it. Fuji Xerox used a prototype of the robot in a building located in Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, in July and August 2014 in…

J Group Robotics Creating 3D Printed Medical Pills
08/21/14 — 3D Printing has been making its way into medicine, in more ways than one. We have seen it come to the aid of surgeons who use the technology to print out replicas of organs, bones, and other body tissue, prior to performing live surgery. These replicas allow the surgeons to…

SaviOne Robot Butler Working at California Hotel
08/14/14 — When Sunnyvale, Calif.-based robotics startup Savioke announced a $2 million seed round of funding in April 2014, the company said it would use the money to develop and build its first autonomous robot for the services industry. However, no further details about the robot were shared. Until now, as The…

Exoskeletons Give Shipbuilders Extra Lift
08/06/14 — At a sprawling shipyard in South Korea, workers dressed in wearable robotics were hefting large hunks of metal, pipes and other objects as if they were nothing. It was all part of a test last year by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, at their facility in Okpo-dong. The company, one…

Robot Learns How to Walk with Broken Leg
07/31/14 — Engineers have taken a step towards having machines that can operate when damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg. Using "intelligent trial and error," their six-legged robot learned how to walk again in less than 2 minutes. "This new technique will…

Woman Makes Quadcopter/Drone Out of Chocolate—and It Flies!
07/24/14 — So, you are in a happy relationship with your dream man/woman. You are the nerdy type, always building stuff, tinkering with electronics and so on, and your partner loves cooking and baking. How do you find something to do together that will satisfy both hobbies?..Easy! Build a quadcopter out of…

Drones Can Automatically Set up Photography Lighting
07/17/14 — It's been demonstrated in recent years – and in a particularly dramatic way this past Independence Day – that drones can carry cameras and take amazing pictures. But now drones can also set up lighting for photography. Lighting is crucial when taking pictures, particularly portraits, but these lights take lots…

Students Spend Summer Perfecting Robotic Arm to Help Patients
07/10/14 — The summertime heat and humidity for which Texas is infamous (this reporter personally managed just one year of it) can’t stop the budding roboticists at Rice University and the University of Houston. Both schools have startup accelerators, and for the first time they —Houston’s RedLabs and Rice’s OwlSpark —are working together…

FDA Approves ReWalk Robotics’ Exoskeleton
07/02/14 — The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ReWalk Robotics' personal exoskeleton for marketing in the U.S for those whose lower body is paralyzed from a spinal cord injury The $69,500 motorized, robotic device is worn over the legs and part of the upper body that helps an…

Robot Valet Parking Cars at German Airport
06/24/14 — Running late for a flight and don't have time to park your car? If you're flying out of Dusseldorf airport in Germany, you're in luck. A robot valet named Ray has started parking cars at the airport and can be booked with a smartphone. The best part? Ray doesn't even…

Tiny, 3-Armed Robot Could Perform Surgery on Babies in Womb
06/18/14 — Researchers in Europe are developing a tiny surgical robot hand that can take 3D images of and treat unborn babies with spina bifida and other congenital conditions, according to the International Business Times. The scientists envision that it could also carry out surgery or deliver stem cells to an unborn infant’s…

Paraplegic in Exoskeleton to Kick Off World Cup [Updated with Video]
06/12/14 — The 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicks off today, providing incredible displays of physical skill. However, the most impressive performance won’t come from the likes of Rooney or Ronaldo. During the opening ceremony in Sao Paolo today, a paralyzed teenager (who remains anonymous) will rise from a wheelchair, take several…

MIT Develops Wearable Robotic Arms
06/03/14 — How many times have you said, "Man, I could really use an extra pair of hands." Now you're in luck. Researchers at the d'Arbeloff Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created lightweight, wearable robotic arms. The Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) aren't designed to replace biological limbs, but…

Space Robot Performs Surgery on Itself
05/30/14 — For the first time in history, a robot out in space has used its own mechanical dexterity to fix itself without any assistance from astronauts on the scene. The Canadian built Canadarm2 robotic arm used its own mechanical hand called Dextre to perform a series of operations to replace two…

Robohand Designing 3D-Printed Roboleg Prosthetic
05/22/14 — Richard Van As and Ivan Owen, co-founders of Pretoria, South Africa-based Robohand, are using robotics to help amputees obtain affordable prosthetics. Van As was inspired to create robotic prothestics after a woodworking accident in 2011 where he lost all his fingers on his right hand.Their latest creation, Roboleg, is an…

‘Luke Skywalker’ Robotic Arm Wins FDA Approval
05/15/14 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new "Luke Skywalker" robotic arm, or DEKA Arm System, that is controlled by electromyogram (EMG) sensors activated by the wearer. The black and silver prosthetic, which is manufactured by DEKA Integrated Solutions in Manchester, New Hampshire, was inspired by Luke…




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