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MIT Develops Unprecedented System That Lets Robots Work Together
2014-02-13 08:59:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at MIT have developed a new system that combines simple control programs to enable fleets of robots or other “multiagent systems” to collaborate in extraordinary ways. Due to the difficulty of designing control programs for “multiagent systems” – groups of robots or networks of devices with different functions – engineers have typically restricted themselves to scenarios in which reliable information about...

TurtleBot Will Carry Everything You Don't Want To
2012-05-18 09:55:06

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Imagine this: You're throwing a social event at your house, and suddenly, your guests look over and notice drinks being carried over to them via robot.  No this pipe dream isn't from Rocky IV, but it could become your hosting reality with the new TurtleBot. The TurtleBot is like a robotic table that can be programmed to move around a house or an office. The robot is available for about $1,500, and comes with everything you need to get it actively...

2008-07-18 18:00:40

Americans are more concerned than ever about the time they spend working inside their homes and the dwindling amount of time spent on leisure activities, according to iRobot Corp.'s (Nasdaq:IRBT) "Balance at Home" survey. The national survey of consumers, conducted by StrategyOne on behalf of iRobot, indicates that Americans spend 40 percent of their in-home waking hours tending to household chores such as vacuuming, washing the floors and preparing meals. iRobot unveiled the survey...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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