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Chinese Robot Expected to Land on Moon by 2012
11/08/04 — China’s moon probe is expected to deliver an exploring robot to the moon in 2012, according to China’s moon probe engineering center. The “lunar vehicle” robot will start its exploration with China ‘s first moon landing probe as the second part of China’s three- phase moon exploration program, Hu Hao,…

Titanic Quest: European Robot Looks for Clues on Saturn Moon
11/08/04 — After a journey of seven years and more than 2bn miles, a £1.7bn US-European mission is preparing for the unknown. Cassini, a Nasa spacecraft the size of a truck, carrying Huygens, a European robot not much bigger than a commercial washing machine, will complete one more preparatory loop around Titan,…

Implantable Device May Give More Independence to Quadriplegic
11/01/04 — A device that is implanted in the brain may be able to offer greater independence to people with quadriplegia. The implant, whose imaginative tradename hints at the possibilities it offers to someone trapped within his or her own body, is called the BrainGate neural interface system. Developed by Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology…

Robots Creating Job Opportunities
11/01/04 — Robby the Robot and C-3PO may still be years away from reality, but robot vacuum cleaners, medical robots, surveillance robots, underwater robots and demolition robots are here now. And rather than replacing the human workforce, robots are creating a booming job market for engineers, software developers and other technical professionals,…

RoboNexus Rolls into Silicon Valley
10/18/04 — NORTHBORO, MA, AND FRAMINGHAM, MA, OCTOBER 17, 2004 - Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo today announced that RoboNexus comes to Santa Clara the week of October 17th, making Northern California and Silicon Valley the international center of the robotics world. The RoboNexus Conference and Exposition, the nation’s largest event…

Robots Prowl Back Halls of Hospital
10/03/04 — The Ohio State University Medical Center is the first system in the United States to open its back hallways to a fleet of laser-guided robots that move a wide variety of heavy materials throughout several hospitals in its main complex. “This is the first of a new generation of robotic…

Robot Portion Loading
10/01/04 — Robots can effectively perform in a number of vital production roles including, for example, the picking up and placing of individual products or groups of products from, say, a conveyor to packaging trays. There’s nothing particularly new or revolutionary about ‘Picking and Placing’ except that where fresh or ‘floppy’ products,…

Chiba University, Fuji Heavy Industry Create Hydraulic Robot Hand
09/22/04 — Researchers at Chiba University and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (TSE:7270) have developed a robot hand that can grab and lift an object weighing 15kg, higher than the typical 3kg lifting ability of similar devices. The hand is powered by hydraulics, just like heavy construction equipment, instead of electricity, as is…

West Robonet Boffins Reach for the Stars
09/22/04 — It sounds like something the West’s 2001 - Space Odyssey author Arthur C Clarke may have dreamt up. But yesterday British scientists, including experts in the West, were celebrating a world first that could revolutionise the future of astronomy. They have begun a project to operate a global network of…

Researchers Develop a Novel Gearing Mechanism for Robotic Use
09/22/04 — A new robotic gearing mechanism will allow a new, small, automated manipulator for surgical application to be developed.According to a study from Germany, “Applications in robot-aided surgery are currently based on modifications of manipulators used in industrial manufacturing processes.” “In this paper we describe novel rotatory kinematics for a manipulator,…

Thailand Tevelops Antarctic Robot Diver
09/22/04 — Scientists at the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) have invented a underwater robot explorer for the Antarctic region, capable of diving to the depth of up to 50 meters, the Thai News Agency reported Monday. The announcement, made by NSTDA Director Dr. Itthi Ruthaporn on Sunday, comes as…

Robotics in Chain Pharmacy
09/19/04 — Q. How can chain pharmacies benefit most from robotic dispensing? A. Chains, as well as all of today’s community pharmacy models, need pharmacists to focus on patients--not on product handling and pill counting. To compete for customers, chain managers know they must protect and enhance the reputations of their pharmacists…

Robot Beetle Detects Killers Beneath the Soil
09/12/04 — Lying on a patch of rocky earth, in Chiba, just north of Tokyo, is a large machine about the size of a dinner table; it could be a small tank if it wasn’t for the six legs aligned, insect-like along two sides of its rectangular body. Slowly, the machine rises…

Roving about the Red Planet
09/12/04 — Hours are brutal and decor is dreary on the fourth and fifth floors of a midrise federal building in Pasadena, Calif. But don’t look here for workplace burnout. The mood is beyond giddy, for this is headquarters of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hard against…

Robot Made for Out-Of-This-World Harvest
09/09/04 — Ohio has produced the first Americans to fly, orbit the Earth and walk on the moon. Now, it has given the world the first outer space, uh, tomato picker. OK, so there are no tomatoes growing on the space shuttle or at the International Space Station. Yet, someday, astronauts will…

Roving about the Red Planet
09/08/04 — Hours are brutal and decor is dreary on the fourth and fifth floors of a midrise federal building in Pasadena, Calif. But don’t look here for workplace burnout. The mood is beyond giddy, for this is headquarters of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hard against…

Hubble May Get Helping Robot Hand
09/07/04 — A long association with NASA’s space shuttle and international space station programs has placed a Canadian company in the right place at the right time to tackle a robotic overhaul of the Hubble Space Telescope. With new batteries, gyroscopes and a pair of new science instruments, astronomers hope to extend…




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