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SPARKy Device Helps Amputees Return to Normal Lives
12/07/09 — Arizona State University researchers employ regenerative kinetics in the design of an new prosthetic ankle named after ASU’s mascot – SPARKy. Arizona State University researchers have developed a prosthetic device that literally puts the spring back into an amputee’s step. They have developed and refined SPARKy (for spring ankle with…

Oceanographers Develop “Swarms” of Robotic Ocean Explorers
11/10/09 — The National Science Foundation awards nearly $1 million to Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers to develop ‘drifters’, autonomous underwater explorers (AUEs) designed to provide new knowledge about marine protected areas, harmful algal blooms, oil spills. In an effort to plug gaps in knowledge about key ocean processes, the National Science…

MU Research Leads to Improved Human, Object Detection Technology
11/09/09 — University of Missouri scientists develop software that detects humans and objects in videos, creating new possibilities for safety and surveillance. When searching for basketball videos online, a long list of websites appears which may contain a picture or a word describing a basketball. But what if the computer could search…

ST Robotics Introduces “Firefly”
11/09/09 — Affordable, high-performance industrial robot system, featuring theR12-500 robot arm, the new Mk5 controller, and RoboForth II software, targeted to small companies looking to automate processes. ST Robotics announced the introduction of their new R12-500, dubbed “Firefly”—a technological and economical breakthrough in bench-top robotics.  At last, small companies looking to increase…

HEXBUG Nano Swarms Toys“R”Us & RadioShack Stores Nationwide
11/05/09 — Innovation First’s new robotic toy features interactive online experience dedicated to science & discovery. Innovation First International, a developer of educational and competitive robotics products and consumer robotics toys, unveiled the HEXBUG Nano – a tiny, 1.75 inch energetic micro robotic bug that uses the physics of vibration and robotic…

Matrox Imaging Releases GigE Vision Camera for Harsh Environments
11/04/09 — Matrox GatorEye, the newest member of the GigE Vision family of cameras, has an IP67 rating meaning that it is totally protected against dust and protected against the effect of immersion between 15cm and 1m, making it suitable for harsh and demanding manufacturing environments. Matrox Imaging has announced an industrial…

UCI Robot to Aid Brain Research
11/04/09 — Researchers from the University of California Irvine and University of California San Diego study adaptive decision-making in humans using a robot controlled by a computer model of a rodent brain. A robot powered by a computerized model of a rodent brain will help researchers from UC Irvine and UC San…

MobileRobots New Build-a-Bot Robotic Base Makes Hospital, Lab & Factory Robots Easy
11/02/09 — MobileRobots new autonomous MT400 “Build-a-Bot” is designed specifically to help integrators and OEMs quickly create service robots for hospitals, factories, labs and offices. MobileRobots Inc (http://www.MobileRobots.com) announced first shipment of its tenth robot model: the new MT400 robotic “build-a-bot” base, powered by Motivity autonomy. MT400 is the first autonomous platform…

RE2 Awarded Contract to Deliver Solution for VBIED Defeat
11/02/09 — Developer of intelligent modular manipulation systems wins a contract through the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office to develop a modular reconnaissance manipulator for reconnaissance tasks for Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED). RE2, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a Broad Agency Announcement contract with the Combating Terrorism Technical…

WPI-Sponsored Robotics Team Wins $500,000 at NASA Moondust Excavation Challenge
11/01/09 — Paul’s Robotics, a robotics team sponsored by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, wins NASA’s Regolith Excavation Challenge, a contest requiring robots to navigate around a moon-like surface, collect regolith, and deliver it to a collection bin. The Worcester Polytechnic Institute-sponsored team Paul’s Robotics took home first place last weekend at NASA’s 2009…

ReconRobotics Introduces Throwable, Mobile Search and Rescue Device
11/01/09 — Weighing 1.3 lbs and only 8 inches long, Recon Scout Rescue will provide immediate reconnaissance of confined and dangerous environments. ReconRobotics, Inc. announced the introduction of the Recon Scout Rescue, a miniature reconnaissance device that will allow search-and-rescue personnel to conduct immediate visual reconnaissance of confined spaces and dangerous indoor…

Caltech Scientists Create Robot Surrogate for Blind Persons in Testing Visual Prostheses
10/23/09 — A mobile, four-wheeled platform, CYCLOPS can simulate the “visual” experience of a blind person who has been implanted with a visual prosthesis, such as an artificial retina, and thereby can be used as a research tool to help refine and enhance the design of visual prostheses. Scientists at the California…

Canesta Raises $16 Million
10/21/09 — New strategic investors signal the importance of 3-D natural interfaces to the future of PCs and other consumer devices. A provider of mass-market 3-D image sensors, Canesta, Inc. announced it has raised $16 million in additional capitalization. Joining returning investors Carlyle Growth Partners, Hotung Venture Group, and Venrock are two…

Household Robots Do Not Protect Users’ Security and Privacy, Researchers Say
10/12/09 — University of Washington research included in the proceedings from the 11th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing sheds light on an unaddressed problem with certain classes of consumer robotics products. People are increasingly using household robots for chores, communication, entertainment and companionship. But safety and privacy risks of information-gathering objects that…

Northrop Grumman’s Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System Fielded With Automatic Takeoff and Landing System
10/05/09 — Second generation Hunter UAS, the MQ-5B, now equipped with an ATLS, successfully completes its first launch and recovery. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has equipped and fielded its Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) with an Automatic Takeoff and Landing System (ATLS) to the Army’s UAS Training Battalion, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where…

Universal Robotics and Motoman Partner to Set New Benchmark for 3D Vision Systems
10/05/09 — Machine learning provider partners with industrial robotics company to make materials handling more accurate, efficient and cost-effective. Universal Robotics, Inc. and Motoman, Inc. announced a partnership to develop and market an accurate, cost effective and easy-to-implement 3D vision system solution for a variety of robotic applications. The companies will integrate…

Lasers Generate Underwater Sound
10/05/09 — Naval Research Laboratory research could find application for undersea communications, navigation, and acoustic imaging, including use in unmanned underwater systems. Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory are developing a new technology for use in underwater acoustics. The new technology uses flashes of laser light to remotely create underwater sound. The…

NASA Concludes Robotics Tests For the Moon in Arizona
10/05/09 — Prototype lunar rovers tested during simulated 14-day mission in Arizona designed to test technologies and procedures for use on the moon. NASA has concluded two weeks of technology development tests on two of the agency’s prototype lunar rovers. The Desert RATS—or Research and Technology Studies—in the Arizona desert at Black…




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