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Dogs Could Help Roboticists Train Social Robots
2013-09-13 04:13:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Gabriella Lakatos of the Hungarian Academy of Science and Eötvös Loránd University says the best things a social robot designer can do is bring their dog to work. Watching how the dog interacts with a prototype during testing could help the designers fine-tune their robots, according to the study published in the journal Animal Cognition. Lakatos found dogs react sociably to robots that behave socially towards them, even if the...

Citizen Scientists: Play A Game, Teach A Robot
2013-09-10 04:19:37

[ Watch the Video: Play A Game, Help A Robot ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at Rice University's Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory (MRSL) are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based on data from five free online games that anyone can play. "What we learn from the game and our lab experiments applies directly to real-world challenges," said Aaron Becker, a postdoctoral researcher at MRSL. "For example, if a doctor had a swarm...

2013-08-27 23:04:36

Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Filed in Pennsylvania is One of More Than 30 Pending Against Intuitive Surgical, Inc. that Allege Serious Injuries Due to the Da Vinci Surgical System Columbus, OH (PRWEB) August 27, 2013 The #Da Vinci robot lawsuit lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC are disturbed by allegations made in a Da Vinci robot lawsuit that was recently filed in Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia. The complaint alleges that the Da Vinci robot malfunctioned during a...

2013-08-18 23:03:30

Grandville announces mentoring program to help Michigan public schools build successful robotics programs Grandville, MI (PRWEB) August 17, 2013 The Grandville High School RoboDawgs announced a mentoring program today designed to support Michigan high schools that want to apply for a state grant to support a new or existing FIRST Robotics team. The FY2013 State School Aid Act, section 99h appropriated $3,000,000 for the 2013-14 school year for competitive grants to districts that provide...

2013-08-18 23:00:04

Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Filed in New Jersey is one of More Than 30 Pending Against Intuitive Surgical, Inc. that Allege Serious Injuries Due to the Da Vinci Surgical System Columbus, OH (PRWEB) August 19, 2013 The Da Vinci robot lawsuit lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC are disturbed by allegations made in the most recent Da Vinci robot lawsuit, which was filed in New Jersey federal court last month. According to a report from NJ.com, the lawsuit claims that a 45-year-old woman...


Latest Robotics Reference Libraries

Roomba
2013-10-03 12:56:31

The Roomba, sold by iRobot, is a name used for a series of autonomous robot vacuum cleaners that were first introduced into the market it 2002. There have been four versions or generations of Roomba since its creation, with over eight million sales throughout the world. It is capable of moving on its own and avoiding obstacles that are present in the average household, as well as capable of avoiding stairs and other drop offs. It is equipped with a computer chip and the Roomba Open Interface,...

Ballbot
2013-09-24 16:10:08

A ballbot is a mobile robot that moves and balances on one wheel. It is dynamically stable and capable of a larger range of movement than other types of robots, because it can maneuver better in tighter spaces. It runs on the same principles as those of an inverted pendulum, It is thought that this robot could make great personal or service robots in the future. Currently, ballbot robots can only traverse smooth surfaces, but it is thought that models could be easily adapted to move on rough...

Android
2013-09-24 14:14:28

An android, also known as a synthetic organism, is a robot designed to look like a human, with emphasis on realistic skin and movement. The name “android” has been used in science fiction stories in many different ways. The Oxford English Dictionary found that the earliest use of the word Android was most likely in Ephraim Chambers' Cyclopaedia, which referred to St. Albertus Magnus’s alleged automaton as Androides. In US patents, the term first appears in 1863 referring to small...

The History Of Robotics
2013-09-08 10:48:36

Robotics is a branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation and application of robots and autonomous systems, as well as the computer systems that power such devices, including control, sensory feedback and information processing. Robots are typically designed as automated machines that can take the place of humans. Most robotic machines can be seen in manufacturing lines, such as widely used in the auto industry. Robots are also utilized to replace humans in...

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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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