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Artificial Cerebellum Enables Human-like Object Handling for Robots
07/05/12 — An artificial cerebellum has restored lost brain function in rats, bringing the prospect of cyborg-style brain implants a step closer to reality University of Granada researchers have developed an artificial cerebellum (a biologically-inspired adaptive microcircuit) that controls a robotic arm with human-like precision. The cerebellum is the part of the…

Thiele’s Econo-Pal Robotic Palletizer
06/29/12 — Thiele Technologies introduces Econo-Pal Robotic Palletizer, designed for basic in-plant setup by an operator. The Econo-Pal features a small footprint and minimal components to make installation fast and easy. Setup is simple enough that it can be done without Thiele technicians. A step-by-step manual and menu-driven controls allow in-plant personnel…

Robotic Fingertip More Sensitive than Human Touch
06/21/12 — Researchers at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering have created a robotic fingertip that is more sensitive to the touch than an actual human fingertip, an achievement which could greatly aid prostheses and advance artificial intelligence. Called BioTac, the tiny machine is a "new type of tactile sensor built to mimic…

Tubal Ligations Reversed, Now With Robotic-Assisted Surgery
06/20/12 — It’s something I’ve never had to worry about but have had friends go through, and sometimes, regret. We’re talking about a tubal ligation, and women have it when they think they’re donehaving children – but what if you get married again and want to conceive? Tubal ligations prevent you from…

RoboPizza Lands Stateside
06/19/12 — Late-night cravings for pizza may soon be satisfied not by all-night delivery, but by this robot vending machine. Invented by Italians and just now arriving on our fair shores, the Let's Pizza machine actually creates the pizza more or less from scratch, and then bakes it as you watch. The…

Laser-Scanning Robotic Butcher Cuts the Perfect Slices
06/18/12 — It can't recommend the ideal cut of beef for your next backyard BBQ, but thanks to a laser scanner that's able to generate a 3D model, Nantsune's Libra 165C robo-butcher will quickly cut up a piece of meat into perfect fixed-weight slices. Previous automated methods involved weighing every single slice…

Robots Are Coming To A Farm Near You
06/05/12 — PBS—In the Star Wars movies, moisture farmers on dry planets like Tattoine use droids to help with the repetitive, back-breaking labor, but that's in a galaxy far, far away. There's no doubt that robots are cool, but are robots on farms far off in our future? Actually, the future is already…

Toshiba’s ApriPetit Portable Robotic Interface
06/04/12 — Remember ApriPoco? It's okay, we'll forgive you if not, but we can't say the same about a similar question asked about that fellow above here in a few years. With a heart and soul as warm as that found in Wall-E, Toshiba's newly-unveiled ApriPetit is around half as large as…

TinyBot: The MH-2 Mimics Human Actions
05/31/12 — Japanese researchers have taken another step into the dimension of weird for robotics: a wearable miniature humanoid virtual presence. The robot, called MH-2, allows friends or family to virtually interact through the virtual presence device so you do not feel alone. The MH-2 acts as an avatar, or a remote…

Robot Lifeguard Swims into Summer…Autonomously
05/30/12 — Ever wondered what Baywatch would have been like with robot lifeguards instead of human ones? It probably would not have the same appeal, but in any case the folks at Hydronalix have come up with a robot lifeguard dubbed E.M.I.L.Y., which we’re sure that most of you guys have figured…

Robotic Surgery: Tool-wielding Robots Crawl in Bodies
05/29/12 — Indystar—Imagine a tiny snake robot crawling through your body, helping a surgeon identify diseases and perform operations. It's not science fiction. Scientists and doctors are using the creeping metallic tools to perform surgery on hearts, prostate cancer, and other diseased organs. The snakebots carry tiny cameras, scissors and forceps, and…

Lawn Wars: Robot Mowers To Vie in Court
05/24/12 — Husqvarna Group is taking legal action against Positec Germany GmbH claiming Positec’s Worx robotic mower infringes two of Husqvarna’s patents for robotic mower technology. As pioneers within robotic mowers and as clear market leader, Husqvarna vows to vigorously defend against infringements of its intellectual property. We have had tremendous success…

Mazor Robotics Introduces 3D Verification System
05/23/12 — Mazor Robotics Ltd. announced the global launch of the C-OnSite enhancement to its Renaissance system. Renaissance is Mazor Robotics’ surgical guidance system for spine procedures and the incorporation of C-OnSite creates a full solution from planning, through surgical execution to verification. C-OnSite is a significant advance that enables fast, low-radiation,…

Robotic ‘Fish’ Take to Seas to Catch Pollution Sooner
05/22/12 — MSNBC—In a bid to track sea pollution by mimicking how fish navigate and work together, scientists on Tuesday moved their robotic fish from the lab to the sea. The technology could reduce the time it takes to detect a pollutant from weeks to just seconds, the scientists said in a…

Robotic Arm Holds Promise For Paralyzed Soldiers
05/17/12 — Researchers have demonstrated that tetraplegics, people unable to use their limbs, can control a robotic arm via neuro signals conveyed by a microelectrode array implanted in the brain. The scientific advance holds promise for people who are paralyzed or otherwise seriously injured, including wounded soldiers. The results of this latest…

Australia’s First Robotic Dairy
05/15/12 — Australia’s first robotic rotary dairy has been opened in a commercial pilot farm in Quamby Brook, Tasmania. The Dornauf family, which owns the dairy farm, had agreed to install the Automatic Milking Rotary (AMR), which has been manufactured and installed by Swedish dairy equipment company DeLaval. FutureDairy project in Australia,…

Robot Cats Purrrrfect for Elderly
05/14/12 — Robot cats and other man-made companions could help Britain's elderly, according to a report by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The report recommends that autonomous devices could provide a variety of different services to older people, ranging from basic companionship to medical monitoring. Devices with the appropriate sensors could act…

Robots on the Farm
05/10/12 — Discovery—Commercial farms of the future may be staffed by robots that will identify, spray and pick individual pieces of produce from plants, even when their targets are grapes, peppers and apples that are as green as the leaves that surround them. As scientists in Israel and Europe get closer to…




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