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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...

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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...

New Terradynamics Technique Helps Robots Walk Through Sand
2013-03-22 20:41:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online "Terradynamics" could be the next big thing in robotics, helping robots move on granular and other complex surfaces like beaches. Studying the field of terradynamics involves researching and understanding how small-legged robots move on and interact with complex materials like sandy beaches. The team who coined the name terradynamics wrote about their achievements in the field in the journal Science. "We now have the tools to...

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...

DARPA, Boston Dynamics Show Off Robotic Pack Mules
2012-09-11 11:12:43

Watch the Video: DARPA Legged Squad Support System (LS3) Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Yesterday, two of Boston Dynamics finest 4-legged bots got the chance to strut their stuff in front of some military top brass during a demonstration. These bots are the result of an ongoing effort by DARPA´s Legged Squad Support System (LS3) program which has made it their goal to build “highly mobile, semi-autonomous legged robots” which can not...

Cockroaches And Lizards Use Ninja-like Skills To Quickly Vanish
2012-06-07 08:45:36

[ Watch the Video ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Cockroaches performing ninja-like acrobatics surprised University of California, Berkeley biologists who were studying the insect´s locomotion and escape abilities. Graduate student Jean-Michel Mongeau and his colleagues first identified the amazing behavior while studying how roaches´ use their antennae to sense gaps and maneuver across them. "As we made the gap wider, they would end up on the underside of the ramp,"...

DARPA Announces Responder Robot Competition
2012-04-11 06:00:45

The Defense Advanced Research and Planning Agency (DARPA) issued a challenge to robot builders this week, as the move to rely on robots to do our dirty work rolls on. The agency is also asking challengers to keep their minds open, saying these robots don´t have to feature a human-like form. One roboticist, Aaron Edsinger of Meka Robotics in San Francisco, told the New York Times he was already speaking with other builders and considering different forms of inspiration....

Boston Dynamics Producing New Four-Legged Robot
2011-10-03 11:27:28

Boston Dynamics recently announced a new four-legged robot designed to cover the most rugged terrain. The LS3 is designed to work alongside Soldiers and Marines and can carry up to 400 pounds of equipment. The robot can be programmed to either follow a leader or to automatically go to a location based on GPS points. Boston Dynamics said the robot takes 30 months to develop and the first is set to be completed in 2012. LS3 funding was provided by DARPA and the U.S. Marine Corps and...

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2011-02-24 13:32:40

The world's first full-length marathon for two-legged robots started on Thursday as toy-sized humanoids started their run of 26 miles in four days. The machines began the non-stop race on a 109-yard indoor track in the western city of Osaka. The bipedal robots must complete 423 laps to reach their goal. Vstone Co., a robot technology firm based in Osaka, organized the "Robo Mara Full" race in cooperation with the Osaka prefectural government. Competitors are allowed to change batteries...

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2011-01-21 09:20:00

By Joshua E. Brown, University of Vermont Want to build a really tough robot? Forget about Terminator. Instead, watch a tadpole turn into a frog. Or at least that's not too far off from what University of Vermont roboticist Josh Bongard has discovered, as he reported in the January 10 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In a first-of-its-kind experiment, Bongard created both simulated and actual robots that, like tadpoles becoming frogs, change their body...


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