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Open Source Movement Powers Up Robotics Foundation
05/31/12 — It had always been the intention of the open source movement to create an independent body that could take open source robotics and grow it. Growing it meant to push it out beyond its place of nurturing and early maturity, which was Willow Garage. Now the intention has become reality as leading members of the global robotics community who are committed to open-source robotics have founded the Open Source Robotics Foundation, Inc. (OSRF) an independent non-profit organization.  The mission of OSRF is to support the development, distribution, and adoption of open source software for use in robotics research, education, and…

Robotic Arm Holds Promise For Paralyzed Soldiers
05/17/12 — Researchers have demonstrated that tetraplegics, people unable to use their limbs, can control a robotic arm via neuro signals conveyed by a microelectrode array implanted in the brain. The scientific advance holds promise for people who are paralyzed or otherwise seriously injured, including wounded soldiers. The results of this latest research into robotic arm control were reported in the scientific journal Nature. Two study participants were able to control a prosthetic limb to reach and grasp. One used the arm to take a sip of coffee from a bottle with a straw. The report's authors are affiliated with a half…

Smarter Robot Cameras Sought by Military
04/13/12 — Computer vision works much better than it once did, and that could enable a diverse range of machines to see and understand their environments. Such machines could be useful in everything from military scouting to self-driving cars. That’s why the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is doing research…

DARPA Seeks Robot Enthusiasts to Face Off for $2M Prize
04/12/12 — Hardware, software, modeling and gaming developers sought to link with emergency response and science communities to design robots capable of supervised autonomous response to simulated disaster     As iconic symbols of the future, robots rank high with flying cars and starships, but basic robots are already in use in emergency response,…

DARPA Selects Barrett Technology and RE2 for ARM Research Program
03/17/10 — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will use Barrett Technology’s hardware, including its’ WAM Arm and BarrettHand, and RE2’s integration services, as the basis for DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulator Research Program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced a new initiative to create robotic autonomous manipulators that…

Contineo Robotics Launched to Commercialize Advanced Robotics Technologies
03/16/10 — Newly formed company focused on applying advanced dexterous manipulation and control system technologies to mobile robotics platforms. A new technology venture has been formed to enhance the ability of military and homeland security robots to perform tasks that otherwise would place personnel in harm’s way. The former principal investigator for…

Boston Dynamics Wins DARPA Contract to Develop Legged Squad Support System
02/01/10 — Developer of Big Dog and other advanced robotics systems awarded a $30M DARPA contract to develop LS3, the first Legged Squad Support System, legged robots that can travel off-road on sand, rocks, mud, snow and other kinds of difficult terrain, while carrying loads. Boston Dynamics, developer of BigDog, PETMAN and…

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