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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…

MIT & Georgia Tech Develop Robots That Can Reveal the Inner Workings of Your Brain
05/09/12 — Lauren Landry  for BostInno—Many of the inner workings of the brain remain a mystery. Yet, researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech might have cracked the code — and with what else than robots? Using a robotic arm guided by a cell-detecting computer algorithm, the team has discovered a way to…

Sharp to Sell Moody Robotic Vacuum With Video Streaming & Remote Control
05/08/12 — IDG—Sharp announced a Roomba-like device Tuesday, with a host of features including a mounted camera that streams video to mobile phones, voice recognition and a built-in air purifier. It's also a bit moody. Cocorobo, a name that combines "heart" and "robot" in Japanese, will occasionally complain about being tired, or…

Robotic Baristas Now Serving Coffee
05/03/12 — The first version of Briggo went online in November 2011 and it appears to be a hit with students and professors alike. Customers can order drinks off the web, a smart phone app, or at the kiosk itself. Even before ordering, the status of the queue and estimated time for…

Robotics Help the Disabled See the World Around Them
05/02/12 — Keith Wagstaff, TechLand—Robots are natural candidates for helping people with disabilities, mainly because they have to simulate senses that most of us take for granted. For a robot to “see,” usually ithas to create a virtual map so it can carefully plot its course. That technology is being utilized by…

Robot Steps Toward Artificial “Real” Intelligence
05/02/12 — Keith Wagstaff for TechLand—The anthropomimetic robot synthetic human parts like bones, muscles and tendons. Its name is ECCEROBOT (short for Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot) and it’s being developed by Owen Holland at the University of Sussex. The idea of biomimetic robots is not new — scientists have…

Hugvie: Robotic Pillow Lets You Make Calls, Hug the Person on the Other End
04/30/12 — Tokyo—Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Japan, is known for his life-like androids. His latest creation may not resemble a realistic human, but these body-shaped pillows are equipped with two vibrators that mimic heartbeats. The Hugvie robot connects to your mobile phone and responds the caller’s…

Telepresence Robot Controlled by Paralyzed Man
04/27/12 — TMCnet—It's been the stuff of science fiction for years, specifically, the ability to download one's consciousness from a physical body and implant it into a much more durable—and in some cases much more mobile—body. While we've largely been unable to do anything like that outside of science fiction, the tide…

Service Robot to Aid Japanese Elderly
04/26/12 — TMCnet—GeckoSystems has recently been working on the release of their new CareBot personal assistance robot, which helps elderly in Japan with most of their daily tasks. Japan recently hit 47,756 in their population of elderly citizens 100 or older. According to GeckoSystems, their CareBot is set to bring safety and…

Robot Surgery Eases Procedure on Thymus Gland
04/24/12 — Times of India—Haya Fatima (20), an engineering student from Lucknow, suffered from a rare neuro-muscular disease called myasthenia gravis that used to make it difficult for her even to smile; her eyes would also droop involuntarily. The condition is generally treated with an open surgery but it leaves a big…

First Alaska and then Jupiter’s Europa
04/23/12 — PHYS.ORG—Robots are being developed all the time to do what we wish and to go where we can’t. This week, inventor Bill Stone told attendees at NASA’s Astrobiology Science Conference in Atlanta that he intends to get an autonomous robot ready to visit the icebound sea of Jupiter’s moon Europa,…

LineStream Technologies Closes Series B Funding, Led by U.S. Venture Partners
03/20/12 —   LineStream Technologies Inc., an innovator of software-based control solutions, announced that it is has closed a Series B funding round led by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), joining Series A investor Early Stage Partners. Winston Fu, general partner, and David Liddle, venture partner, of USVP have joined the company’s board…

Company Debuts Commercial Grade Remote Control Lawn Mowers for Slope Mowing
03/16/12 —   Summit Lawn Mower Company has introduced remote control lawn mowers designed to increase productivity and safety on steep hills. The heavy duty track drive design combined with a low center of gravity allows these mowers to navigate on slopes too steep for conventional power equipment. If you have ever…

Majority Stake in Aldebaran Robotics Sold to Softbank
03/14/12 —   The Financial Times is reporting that a majority stake in Aldebaran Robotics, the French maker of the popular NAO humanoid robot, has been sold to the Japanese telecom firm, Softbank for about $100m.  According to the Times article, Softbank purchased over an “80 per cent stake in the business,…

Microelectronics Sensors Enable Breakthrough Indoor Navigation Accuracy
02/27/12 —   STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications[1], will demonstrate what the company says is the world’s most accurate indoor positioning of a mobile phone at the World Mobile…

ProPep Surgical Issued United States Patent for its Nerve Monitoring System
02/27/12 —   ProPep Surgical, LLC a privately-held, Austin-based medical device company, announced today the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a patent for a System and Method for Laparoscopic Nerve Detection (8,083,685). This is the first in a series a patents the company has filed or will…




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