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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,…

Job Openings in Robotics
11/10/04 — A number of companies in the Pittsburg area are robotics companies are looking to hire engineers and technicians for a variety of positions. Descroptions of the positions, along with contact information, can be found on the Robotics Foundry website at http://www.roboticsfoundry.org/jobs_jobs.asp. The Robotics Foundry is an independent, non-profit economic development…

Evolution Robotics Announces Loss Prevention Solution
11/09/04 — Pasadena, CA - July 20, 2004 - Evolution Robotics, a leading provider of next-generation robotics technologies and component solutions, today announced the availability of LaneHawk, a solution for retailers that prevents loss and increases profits by automatically ringing up under-cart items. Using Evolution Robotics’ advanced object recognition technology, LaneHawk provides…

A robot Named Boudreaux
11/08/04 — The next time humans return to space to explore the moon or Mars, they could be accompanied by Boudreaux and Thibodeaux. Technically identified as “Extra Vehicular Activity Robotic Assistants,” the two dog-like robots were named by robotics engineer Jeffrey Graham of S&K Technologies, a NASA contractor from Baton Rouge. Graham,…

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…




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