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2012-07-10 09:07:48

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A group of engineers at the University of Arizona worked to develop a set of robotic legs that most closely mimic the gait of humans. Researchers studied, then replicated a simple nervous system that controls the hips and directs the legs to take steps on its own. The intended use for a robot that walks ranges from commercial to personal. "It is clear that in the future robots will be used in homes to do household chores, assist the...

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2012-07-09 11:16:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new robot developed by automation giant Yaskawa and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) takes the human element out of the equation when working in a lab. Mahoro is able to automate lab work and perform tasks such as culturing more quickly and accurately than human lab techs, as well as handle biohazards. Tohru Natsume, the team leader for the Biological Information Research Center at...

2012-05-31 23:00:54

Without a cast or crew physically present, Mark Holmberg created and rendered the feature film, 3086: Robot Like a Boss. “As computer technology gets better and more economical, the internet provides a better opportunity for crowd-sourcing, a form of outsourcing, to be employed as a model in film production.” (PRWEB) May 30, 2012 Mark Holmberg, who also produces CGI stock footage, presents a Comedy Feature Film about robots in the distant apocalyptic future. “The great...

Computer Reads Your Thoughts, Does Your Multi-tasking Dirty Work
2012-05-16 09:02:29

Researchers from MIT, Indiana University and Tufts University have developed “Brainput,” a system which detects when your brain is trying to multitask, then offloads some of that work to a computer. Erin Treacy Solovey led the new research in hopes of increasing productivity and focus by letting computers do some of our grunt work. The novel idea of having computers do our dirty work isn´t a new one. After all, we did invent the calculator and computer, and without these...

Recon Scout Robot At 2012 ICRA
2012-05-16 05:31:08

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Robots are integrated in our lives already, from a Dasani drink dispensing machine, to self-checkout counters at grocery stores. However, the robotic technology that has the most benefit to man is not your average drink delivery system, it´s those being utilized by the U.S. military.  There are plenty of sci-fi type robots that are being built by DARPA, but one little robot at the 2012 International Conference on Robotics and Automation makes the...

Could Robots Be Blamed For Mistakes On The Battlefield?
2012-04-23 12:14:41

[ Watch the Video ] As militaries develop autonomous robotic warriors to replace humans on the battlefield, new ethical questions emerge. If a robot in combat has a hardware malfunction or programming glitch that causes it to kill civilians, do we blame the robot, or the humans who created and deployed it? Some argue that robots do not have free will and therefore cannot be held morally accountable for their actions. But UW psychologists are finding that people don't have such a...

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2012-03-29 06:23:51

Boston Dynamics, robot creators and engineers, is sending two small robots to the US Army for testing. These creators of these two new robots looked to an unlikely source of inspiration to build these reconnaissance robots: Bugs. Named the Sand Flea and RHex, the two small robots were developed with funding from the Army´s Rapid Equipping Force. They will be sent to the Army´s Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) where they will await tests to pass safety and reliability...

Researchers Working On Robots That Can Teach Humans
2012-03-05 12:57:00

[ Watch the Video ] When it comes to communication, sometimes it's our body language that says the most--especially when it comes to our eyes. "It turns out that gaze tells us all sorts of things about attention, about mental states, about roles in conversations," says Bilge Mutlu, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mutlu knows a thing or two about the psychology of body language. He bills himself as a human-computer interaction specialist. Support from the...

Robots Attempting Longest Ever Unmanned Sailing Voyage
2011-11-21 06:09:44

A quartet of robots set out last week on a 300-plus day journey that will take them 33,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean -- the longest voyage ever attempted by an unmanned sailing craft, according to various reports. BBC News reported last Friday that the four robots, which were created by an American company called Liquid Robotics, departed from the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on November 17. At first they will travel together before pairing off into groups of two,...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'