Meet The Swarmies - Robotics Answer To Bugs

Meet The "Swarmies" - Robotics Answer To Bugs

Steven Siceloff, NASA's Kennedy Space Center A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world...

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roombot robotic furniture
2014-05-26 04:17:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If you’ve ever wished that you could just say the word and have your furniture automatically move around and change shape, researchers from the Swiss Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are developing small Lego-brick like robots that could make your dreams come true. Known as Roombots, these 22 centimeter long robotic modules are said to resemble a pair of large dice that are...

2014-04-22 23:03:55

Participants suggest and vote on name for RoboKind robot used in autism intervention. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, announces the Robots4Autism Name Our Robot Contest results. The contest invited members of the autism, special needs, education and technology communities to suggest and vote on a name for the company’s humanoid robot. After tabulating votes, the company is eager to introduce Milo the Robot. “We had a lot of great...

Simplicity Is Key To Co-operative Robots
2014-04-17 13:24:01

[ Watch The Video: Robots Working Together Without Memory Or Processing Power ] University of Sheffield A way of making hundreds - or even thousands - of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK. The team, working in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo), in the University's Faculty of Engineering, has programmed extremely simple robots that are able to form a...

2014-02-03 23:01:54

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have received awards through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Robotics Initiative to investigate and overcome fundamental challenges involved with robots working alongside people. Dmitry Berenson will develop algorithms that will permit robots to collaborate with people on small-scale manufacturing operations. Sonia Chernova will draw on the experience of thousands of online "teachers" to learn more about...

Robots In The Cloud: RoboEarth Is Like The World Wide Web For Robots
2014-01-15 04:39:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have created a network called RoboEarth for robots to pass on information they learn to one another, essentially creating a collective cloud mind. The team behind RobotEarth said on Monday that they will be providing a final demonstration of the robot network on Thursday at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. This demonstration will include four robots collaboratively working together to help patients...

Engineers Program Robot To Learn From A Human's Touch
2013-11-06 10:17:58

[ Watch the video: Human Touch Makes Robots Smarter ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Industrial robots have no brains and are programmed to move through actions that have been embedded in the memory bank. These robots repeat the exact same action every time an object goes by, making them efficient but limited in capability. Now, engineers have built a robot that has the ability to learn from humans and make adjustments to its memory bank while performing a task....

Anthropomorphism On The Battlefield
2013-09-23 04:01:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Anthropomorphism is what allows humans to attach themselves to non-human objects, and new research indicates that it may affect soldiers on the battlefield. Julie Carpenter of the University of Washington found that soldiers can have an emotional attachment to robots they use on the battlefield. She discovered that as robots continue to evolve, so does the attachment a solder feels towards it. The researcher interviewed Explosive...

Build Your Own Robot
2013-09-20 13:53:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Once solely the stuff of science fiction, a number of online communities and companies are now making it easier for you to build your own robot. The online community at Let’s Make Robots is one of the more vibrant communities dedicated solely to helping people build their own robots. A “Start Here” tutorial is designed to help you to build your own robot within “a couple of hours,” but warns readers that they should expect to...

Controlling Robots With Our Minds And Other Methods
2013-05-03 19:20:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The future of robotics may not be as scary as one would think, especially if we are able to control robots with our minds like one scientist is trying to do. Researcher Angel Perez Garcia says he is able to make a robot move exactly how he wants using his thoughts. For the experiment, he says he hooks up an EEG to himself to monitor electrical activity, then focuses on a symbol, such as a flashing light. The electrodes read the...

Swarms Of Tiny Robots May Be The Wave Of The Future
2013-03-28 14:55:21

Watch the video "Robot Swarms" Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of Sheffield in the UK are currently developing robot swarms that could eventually lead to a better understanding of how a group of machines could work in concert to accomplish a given task. The robotics team has been working with a group of 40 robots capable of acting as a group to perform tasks such as pushing an object across a floor. “There are a lot of swarm...

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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.