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Daniela Rus’ Robotic Sand
07/02/12 — Bloomberg Business—History holds lessons, even for those designing futuristic robots. Daniela Rus, a computer scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found inspiration in Michelangelo’s statue of David. “David came out of the marble, and we thought we could also make things appear out of a block,” she says. That germ of an idea inspired Rus, a 2002 recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award, to begin work on a project that will eventually allow someone to reach into a bag of sand and pull out any device or structure imaginable. It’s like Harry Potter meets The Matrix, since the “bag…


Robotic Assistants May Adapt to Humans in the Factory
06/13/12 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In today’s manufacturing plants, the division of labor between humans and robots is quite clear: Large, automated robots are typically cordoned off in metal cages, manipulating heavy machinery and performing repetitive tasks, while humans work in less hazardous areas on jobs requiring finer detail. But according to Julie Shah, the Boeing Career Development Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, the factory floor of the future may host humans and robots working side by side, each helping the other in common tasks. Shah envisions robotic assistants performing tasks that would otherwise hinder a human’s efficiency, particularly in…



MIT & Georgia Tech Develop Robots That Can Reveal the Inner Workings of Your Brain
05/09/12 — Lauren Landry  for BostInno—Many of the inner workings of the brain remain a mystery. Yet, researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech might have cracked the code — and with what else than robots? Using a robotic arm guided by a cell-detecting computer algorithm, the team has discovered a way to…

Robotic Planes, Tractors Loom Behind Autonomous Cars
05/04/12 — Mary Cummings, a professor of aeronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was interviewed today at Wired's Disruptive by Design conference in New York, where she offered her views on the state of the art in autonomous vehicles. The work of Google and automakers has shown how cars can drive…

Robotic Arm Weaves A Structure Like A Spider
05/01/12 — First, this is not a robotic spider, it’s a non-autonomous robotic arm pre-programmed to weave a structure out of its own surroundings. Down the road, the researchers plan to make the robotic arm autonomous so it can sense where objects are and build its own structure to fit the surroundings.…

Rodney Brooks on Robots, Technology and the Future
04/25/12 — MIT News—Brooks’s “lips are sealed,” as The Economist put it last week, about what exactly he and Heartland Robotics are up to in a converted warehouse in South Boston’s Innovation District. But venture capitalists have already gambled $32 million on the premise that whatever it is they produce, it’s going…

Design, Print Your Own Robot
04/10/12 — MIT is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are designed and produced. Funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project will aim to develop a desktop technology that would make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print…

Oceanscience Group Wins Office of Naval Research Grant to Develop Swarming River Robots
07/12/10 — Designer of field data systems for hydrologists, hydrographers, and oceanographers partners with Massachusetts Institute of Technology on drifting floats that will survey rivers autonomously. The Oceanscience Group, an Oceanside technology company, has been awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I contract by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). …

MIT Commissions Peratech Limited to Develop Next Generation Tactile Robotic Skin
02/22/10 — Peratech’s Quantum Tunnelling Composites technology, composed of electro-active polymeric materials made from metallic or non-metallic filler particles combined in an elastomeric binder, is already employed in NASA’s Robonaut and Shadow Robot’s Shadow Dexterous Hand.  A new research project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is designed to enable a human…

Researchers Demonstrate a Better Way for Computers to ‘See’
12/07/09 — Taking inspiration from genetic screening techniques, researchers from MIT and Harvard have harnessed the processing power of dozens of high-performance NVIDIA graphics cards and PlayStation 3s gaming devices to create a high-throughput screening process that teases out the best parameters for visual object recognition tasks. The neural processing involved in…




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