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UIC Surgeons First to Use Robot for Living-Donor Kidney-Pancreas Transplant
01/20/06 — Surgeons at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago are the first in the world to use robotic surgery to successfully remove a kidney and pancreas from a living-donor as part of a successful transplantation. UIC is one of only two centers in the United States to perform living-donor…

Transbotics Secures Order for a New Laser Guided AGV System
12/29/05 — Transbotics Corporation, (OTCBB: TNSB) (http://www.transbotics.com), announced it has received an order for a new Laser Guided Vehicle system from a customer in the transportation industry. A new fork style AGV was chosen for its maneuverability and its ability to move various loads. The order totals approximately $380,000. For over 20…

Possible Evidence Found for Beagle 2 Location
12/29/05 — The news that Beagle 2 may have been spotted on the surface of Mars in the immediate vicinity of where it was expected to land was welcomed by the European Space Agency. ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft had delivered the Beagle 2 lander to Mars on 25 December 2003. ESA’s Director…

Spider Robots and the Space Web
12/16/05 — Robotic ‘spiders’ could be the key to building large-scale structures in space, according to ESA’s Advanced Concepts Team. The tiny mechanical spiders would inch their way across large nets of fabric in space performing small tasks or lining up to create an antenna or some other structure. The concept is…

Robot-Assisted Prostate Surgery Now at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center
12/15/05 — Montefiore Medical Center is now performing minimally invasive prostate surgery using the latest in robot-assisted technology. Reza Ghavamian MD, the director of Urologic Oncology at Montefiore is using a new robotic surgical system for the removal of cancerous prostate glands and says the new technique will mean less pain and…

NASA’s Mars Rovers Continue to Explore and Amaze
12/14/05 — NASA’s durable twin Mars rovers have successfully explored the surface of the mysterious red planet for a full Martian year (687 Earth days). Opportunity starts its second Martian year Dec. 12; Spirit started its new year three weeks ago. The rovers’ original mission was scheduled for only three months. “The…

Two Milestones For Argo Ocean ‘Robots’: Global Array 2/3 Complete, 55,000th Profile Near
10/25/05 — Argo is an internationally coordinated, broad-scale global array of temperature and salinity profiling floats, and a major component of the global ocean observing system. The program will eventually deploy 3,000 temperature and salinity profiling floats. As of October 12, there are 2,057 floats around the world. “Argo data are being…

Inspired Energy Launches a New High Energy Battery Optimized for use in Underwater Robotics
10/24/05 — October 7, 2005—“The success of our existing “NL” range of 95 Watt hour batteries, and demand from customers led us to develop the new NL2044.” Said Inspired Energy Managing Director Lex Jacobs. “We worked with customers in the diverse fields of autonomous underwater vehicles, high power mobile computers and medical…

RedZone Robotics Featured in Emerging Technologies Segment of History Channel’s Modern Marvels Ser
07/25/05 — PITTSBURGH, PA – RedZone Robotics, which develops and markets innovative, semi-automated solutions that provide an effective, powerful, and economical method to inspect sewer and water pipes, will be featured on the History Channel’s special on the evolution of sewer technology. The program will air on Wednesday, July 27 at 9:00…

Pathmark Stores, Inc. Taking On “Bottom of Basket Loss” With Evolution Robotics’ LaneHawk
07/18/05 — Pasadena, CA – Evolution Robotics, a leading provider of next-generation robotic solutions and Pathmark Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTMK) announced today that Pathmark is testing Evolution Robotics’ LaneHawkTM, a revolutionary visual scanning solution that helps companies reduce their bottom-of-basket, or BOB, loss. “Reducing BOB loss is a challenge grocery retailers have…

Innova Holdings Opens New Research, Engineering, and Development (RED) Center
06/30/05 — Innova Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:IVHG), a software company providing software solutions to the service, personal, and industrial robotic markets, announces that it has opened a new research, engineering, and development center in Fort Myers. Code-named the RED Center, the 4,000 sq. ft. facility will be used exclusively for proprietary work developing…

Two Pioneering Robotics Companies Merge to Create Commercial Security Robots
05/16/05 — Cambridge, MASS, USA – 10 May 2005 – Frontline Robotics Inc. of Ottawa, ON and White Box Robotics LLC of Pittsburgh, PA today announced that they have agreed to merge the companies to pursue leadership in the emerging security robotics industry. Frontline Robotics develops and markets the Robot Open Control™…

Snake-Like Robot Conquers Obstacles
04/03/05 — A virtually unstoppable “snakebot” developed by a University of Michigan team resembles a high-tech slinky as it climbs pipes and stairs, rolls over rough terrain and spans wide gaps to reach the other side. The 26-pound robot developed at the U-M College of Engineering is called OmniTread. It moves by…

Spaulding Rehabilitation Joins BrainGate Neural Interface System Pilot Study
12/31/04 — The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (Spaulding) and Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc. (CYKN) announced the addition of Spaulding as a new clinical site for the BrainGate Neural Interface System pilot study. Spaulding, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a premier rehabilitation facility in the United States and the second rehabilitation…

Walking Small
12/31/04 — Spider-Man can go back to his web; Spider-Bot has arrived. Researchers are developing a new breed of robot, one resembling an arachnid and far removed from the popular image of the metal, humanlike clunker or the six-wheeled rover. Spider-Bots are the latest innovation in small, mobile, high-tech gadgets designed for…

Project Looks to Medicine, Engineering to Aid Amputees
12/13/04 — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has selected a Providence-based research consortium for a $7.2-million effort to create lifelike limbs for Iraq war amputees—by melding live tissue with mechanical devices. The researchers hope to develop biohybrid limbs that would allow amputees to control prosthetic arms and legs with muscle and…

Remote-Control Robots Help Doctors Save Time, See More Patients
12/09/04 — Doctors at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center can make the rounds without getting out of their chair or even leaving their house, thanks to a roaming robot called Rosie. Known technically as a remote-presence vehicle, Rosie’s “head” is a 17-inch computer screen that transmits a color image of a human…

Robot Wars
12/09/04 — In the early morning hours of March 13, next to a bar called the Slash X Cafe, an odd assortment of 15 trucks and all-terrain vehicles rolled up to the starting line for a race across the Mojave Desert. There was a $1 million purse for the race between Barstow,…




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