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Grant Fuels Wireless Sensor Research
11/21/07 — The city water meter reader’s job got easier a couple years ago as wireless sensors made it possible to gather the readings from a remote location, such as a vehicle driving down the street. But that remote data collection technology can’t hold a candle to what researchers at Southern Illinois…

Does Technology Take Jobs from People?
11/15/07 — Technology stealing people’s jobs is a notion that probably dates back to the invention of the wheel. After all, it took four bearers to carry the emperor and only one to pull a chariot! The problem is that most people stop thinking after the first domino falls instead of following…

Hallin Expands Its Fleet of ROVs
11/15/07 — Hallin Marine, the AIM quoted provider of subsea solutions to the oil and gas industry, announces it is expanding the number and the scope of its fleet of Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) with an order for seven new vehicles. Aberdeen based Hallin Marine (UK) Ltd has placed the US$5.4 million…

QinetiQ’s Zephyr UAV Exceeds Official World Record for Longest Duration Unmanned Flight
11/09/07 — QinetiQ’s Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has exceeded the official world record time for the longest duration unmanned flight with a 54 hour flight achieved during trials at the US Military’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The flight trials were funded through the…

Researchers Help to Make Cars Smarter
11/08/07 — Cars already automatically lock doors when they sense motion and turn on warning lights if they detect potential engine problems. But they are about to get smarter. The augmented cognition research team at Sandia National Laboratories is designing cars capable of analyzing human behavior. The car of the future they…

Mopec Delivers RoboCourier™ to Hospital Automation Market Teams w/ CCS Robotics and MobileRobotics
11/01/07 — Using MobileRobots’ technology, RoboCourier automatically adjusts to changing environments, without wires, lines, reflectors or other traditional guidance. It wends its way through hallway traffic finding alternate routes when blocked. It stops at the lab to collect patient samples. At the lab, staff unload samples, then press a button to send…

Urban Challenge Will Showcase Promise of Autonomous Driving
11/01/07 — Carnegie Mellon University’s Tartan Racing team, http://www.tartanracing.org, and Boss, its autonomous SUV, are ready for the next step in their drive to the DARPA Urban Challenge - the National Qualification Event (NQE) at the former George Air Force Base. “The technical challenges Boss will face in this event, run on…

Alliance Spacesystems Delivers Robotic Arm for DARPA’s “FREND” Technology Demonstration
11/01/07 — Alliance Spacesystems, Pasadena, CA http://alliancespacesystems.com/, has delivered the Engineering Development Unit (EDU) of a robotic arm to demonstrate the “front end” of a possible future satellite that could one day conduct repairs or repositionings of military and commercial satellites in Earth-orbit.  The task funded and led by the Defense Advanced…

Aethon’s Autonomous Mobile Robotic System Provides Complete Asset Utilization Solution
11/01/07 — Aethon Inc., a leader in automating the hospital supply chain, announced that FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina, has successfully implemented Aethon’s autonomous mobile robotic system as the key component in its material handling re-engineering effort. Moore Regional was able to rapidly implement Aethon’s asset utilization solution within…

Carnegie Mellon Building Robot for Lunar Prospecting
10/20/07 — Researchers in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science are building a robotic prospector for NASA that can creep over rocky slopes and then anchor itself as a stable platform for drilling deep into extraterrestrial soils. Called “Scarab,” this four-wheeled robot will never leave the Earth.…

NRL Developing Space “Tow Truck” Technology For Satellite Operations
09/20/07 — The Naval Research Laboratory’s Naval Center for Space Technology has achieved a key milestone toward the development of autonomous servicing of unaided spacecraft. Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NRL has developed, tested and ground-demonstrated guidance and control algorithms to allow a robotic servicing vehicle to autonomously…

Carnegie Mellon, Caterpillar Sign Research Agreement
09/05/07 — Carnegie Mellon University and Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction, mining and other heavy equipment, have signed a three-year master agreement for sponsored research. Initial projects involve work at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. That research will include applications using advanced outdoor sensors,…

Fugro-Rovtech Recieves Seaeye Falcon ROV
07/16/07 — Falcon 100 is one of four Falcon Systems being delivered to Fugro during 2007 by Seaeye, and is part of a total order for 15 ROV Systems to be delivered, to Fugro, this year. The total package being delivered in 2007 includes: - 4 Seaeye Falcons - 4 Seaeye Panther…

Adept Wins $1.2 Million Robotics Order for Use in Prescription Drug Fulfillment System
07/13/07 — Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), the leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, today announced that their robotics have been selected for an automated prescription drug fulfillment system that will use their Adept Cobra™ SCARA and Adept Viper™ 6-Axis robots. The $1.2 million order represents Adept’s second major…

Swarmy Save the Day
07/06/07 — In November 2005, a problem was discovered with an old wastewater tank at Sandia’s Technical Area 5. The tank, which had been buried 26 feet under the courtyard at Sandia since the late 1950s, had less water in it than anticipated. It had originally served as a drainage tank for…

Foster-Miller Acquisition of Automatika and Applied Perception Completed
06/07/07 — “The addition of these two companies introduces new robotics platforms and autonomous navigation systems to our robotics product line,” Dr. William Ribich, President and CEO of Foster-Miller explained. “With newly enhanced and diversified product offerings, I am confident that we will continue to grow our customer base in government and…

Carnegie Mellon Software Steers NASA’s Mars Rover
02/18/07 — Autonomous navigation software developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) drove the NASA Mars Rover “Opportunity” in the software’s first live test on the Red Planet. Preliminary data from the test run, which was initiated Feb. 7, indicates it was successful. Opportunity, operating near…

Speci-Minder™ Autonomous Robot Helps Hospitals Speed Lab Results
02/14/07 — Autonomous robots will soon be appearing in hospitals around the US, according to CCS Robotics and MobileRobots Inc, jointly announcing Speci-Minder, a new hospital helper robot that assures patient samples arrive at the lab expeditiously. Speci-Minder automatically adjusts to changing environments, without wires, lines, reflectors or other traditional guidance. It…




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