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Google-Owned Robot Distances Itself From DARPA Funding
2014-03-24 13:02:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is moving to a self-funded part of the program after receiving funding from Google last year. DARPA announced on Friday that the Google-funded SCHAFT team will be switching to Track D, helping to free up some funds for other teams competing in the competition. SCHAFT is a Japanese-built robot that currently holds the most points in the DARPA competition. The robot became a part of...

Robotics Were A Big Hit In 2013
2013-12-27 03:25:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge to Google’s many robotic acquisitions, 2013 seemed to be the “Year of the Robot." Only time will tell if the past year was a turning point for all things robotic. In March, engineers at the University of Sheffield in the UK announced that they were developing a system of swarming robots in an attempt to understand how a group of machines could work in...

cheetah robot
2013-12-15 05:03:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Friday, Google confirmed its purchase of robotics company Boston Dynamics, the New York Times reported. Based in Waltham, Mass., Boston Dynamics has built mobile research robots for the Pentagon and gained a reputation for constructing highly-agile robots with an uncanny sense of balance. The latest Google acquisition marks the eighth time in the last six months that the search giant has bought a robotics company. If Google...

WildCat Robot Unveiled By Boston Dynamics In New Video
2013-10-07 04:47:22

[ Watch the Video: WildCat Robot Can Cover All Terrains ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Boston Dynamics, who just over a year ago established a new land-speed record for robots with legs, has unveiled its latest creation, a four-legged machine designed to travel quickly on all types of terrain. The robot, which is known as the WildCat, is being developed by the Massachusetts-based engineering firm with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

All-Terrain Robot Can Go Anywhere
2013-08-14 04:38:50

[ Watch the Video: University of Pennsylvania Unveils Acrobatic Robot ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) have created a new all-terrain, six-legged walking robot that has been specially designed with jumping and climbing capabilities that could help it complete military reconnaissance, rescue or supply transportation missions. The robot is named RHex (pronounced “Rex” and short for “robot...

DARPA Humanoid Robot Atlas Debuts Robotics Challenge
2013-07-12 10:53:46

[ Watch the Video: Meet Atlas! ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Monday, the seven engineering teams advancing in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Virtual Robotics Challenge got to meet their prize 'fighter,' a 6-foot-2-inch robot named ATLAS. The hulking ATLAS has a humanoid form and online videos showcase the robot's uncanny sense of balance and locomotion skills. The teams will have until December to program ATLAS for a series of...

Humans Experience Empathy For Our Robotic Companions
2013-04-23 14:12:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although some theorize that they could one day take over the world, one group of scientists was curious about whether humans are capable of feeling empathy for our electronic companions. The team will be presenting their findings at the 63rd Annual International Communication Association (ICA) conference in London. During the study, 40 participants watched videos of a small dinosaur-shaped robot that was treated in either an...

Humanoid Robot Petman 2 Suits Up To Test Military Gear
2013-04-08 13:25:10

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Move over Pet Rock, the Petman is on the way — or at least it would be on the way if it wasn´t tethered in place. This anthropomorphic robot from Boston Dynamics was developed for testing chemical protection clothing for humans, and possibly even future robots. Petman reportedly performs natural agile movements as a way to simulate how a wearer might put stress on protective clothing under realistic conditions. Boston...

Robotic Pack Mule Learns To Toss Heavy Objects
2013-03-02 07:11:52

[ Watch the Video: Dynamic Robot Manipulation ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An all-terrain robot designed to transport military supplies over areas too steep, rocky, muddy or snowy for conventional vehicles has now been outfitted with an arm capable of lifting and throwing cinder blocks. The four-legged robot known as BigDog is being manufactured by Massachusetts-based robotics firm Boston Dynamics and is being backed by the Defense Advanced Research...

Pack Mule Robot Follows You Around
2012-12-20 19:24:04

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When humanity first built a robot to build cars for us, we thought their determined logic and tireless work ethic would help to create a better automobile. Then we asked robots to perform other monotonous tasks for us, glad to be rid of such boring jobs. Now, we´re making robots humanoid, capable of playing soccer and dancing the popular dances of today´s pop music culture. What´s even more frightening, we´re...


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