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2013-05-29 23:24:34

MarketResearch.com announces the addition of a new market research report in Defense to their product offering: Military Ground Robot Mobile Platform Systems of Engagement: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2013 to 2019 http://www.marketresearch.com/land/product.asp?productid=7586354&progid=85473 Rockville, MD (PRWEB) May 29, 2013 Military Ground Robot Mobile Platform Systems of Engagement: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2013 to 2019 - Worldwide...

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2012-08-24 19:37:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Massachusetts-based iRobot has revealed a series of prototype robots that feature inflatable parts built through funding provided by DARPA. The robots are part of DARPA's program to create more mobile, but less expensive robots for the military. Inflatable robots can offer a variety of functions, but specifically are interesting because of their decreased weight and cheaper parts used. The military already utilizes the...

2012 Robot Hall Of Fame – Vote Now!
2012-08-21 12:17:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Let´s admit it, we all have a thing for robots. Whether we grew up watching Rosie take care of the Jetsons´ household or Bender engage in all manner of debauchery normally reserved for humans, robots have been a part of our pop culture and even everyday work lives. As such, it´s only fair to give them their due and honor them in an annual, vote-based popularity contest. Enter the Robot Hall of Fame, a contest...

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2011-04-27 09:15:00

Design techniques honed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for Mars rovers were used to create the rover currently examining the inside of Japan's nuclear reactors, in areas not yet deemed safe for human crews. The iRobot PackBot employs technologies used previously in the design of "Rocky-7," which served as a terrestrial test bed at JPL for the current twin Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. PackBot's structural features are modeled after Rocky-7, including the...

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2011-04-18 10:15:00

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on Sunday that it will send two remote-controlled robots into a reactor building damaged by a hydrogen explosion in order to gauge radiation and temperature levels. Workers battling to stabilize the plant after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami have not been able to enter any of the reactor buildings at the stricken nuclear plant since the disaster. The explosion blew the roof off the outer structure housing reactor three.  It was one of several...

2011-04-13 18:00:00

BINGEN, Wash., April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Insitu Pacific announced today that the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer and service provider will be the new Australian distributor of iRobot Corporation's (Nasdaq: IRBT) line of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The new relationship will simplify logistics and training for Australian and New Zealand customers seeking to acquire and operate the operationally proven UGVs provided by iRobot's Government and Industrial Robots division....

2006-05-23 07:10:00

By Joel Rothstein SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - U.S. soldiers in Iraq are giving nicknames and forming emotional bonds with bomb-defusing robots they have come to regard as teammates, according to the founder of the company that invented the machines. IRobot Inc. Chief Executive Colin Angle said one group of soldiers even named its robot "Scooby Doo" and grieved when it was blown up after completing 35 successful missions defusing improvised explosive devices. "Please fix Scooby Doo because he saved...

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2005-06-25 20:11:55

CHICAGO -- Meet the robot lobster and the android that not only smiles, frowns and blinks but also recognizes people and talks back. They're two of the spookier entries at Wired Magazine's annual "NextFest," the high-tech carnival at a Chicago convention hall this weekend showcasing futuristic, sometimes uncannily lifelike technology. "The difference between animals and robots is robots get stuck while animals squirm their way through," said inventor-engineer Joseph Ayers of Boston's...

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2005-05-30 08:30:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Watching the original "Star Wars" movie as a mathematically inclined 11-year-old, Helen Greiner dreamed of someday creating a robot like the heroic R2-D2. After enduring plenty of lean years chasing that elusive vision as a co-founder of iRobot Corp., Greiner can now boast a product that whirs and chirps much like the character she to this day calls her "personal hero." The Roomba vacuum cleaner may be incapable of fixing an X-wing fighter like Luke Skywalker's trusty...