Latest Robotics Stories

ASIMO Fails To Please In Japanese Museum
2013-07-05 11:49:42

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Honda's ASIMO robot has been receiving upgrades for many years as the company tries to improve on a platform they believe will be the first commercially available helper bot. In late 2011, Honda announced ASIMO was finally able to respond to human movement and its surroundings. As a way to test these capabilities, Honda asked a Japanese museum to hire ASIMO to act as a walking, talking tour guide. Yet according to the Associated...

Robotic Trustworthiness The Aim Of Trustworthy Robotic Assistants Project
2013-07-04 05:47:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Engineers from the UK are working hard to ensure future robots don't go all Skynet on us and take over the world. Funded by the country's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Trustworthy Robotic Assistants (TRA) is a three-year collaborative endeavor dedicated to developing a safe and responsible way for robots to be fully integrated in our lives, such as being assistants for the elderly or disabled. While...

Robots Compete In RoboCup Soccer 2013
2013-07-01 04:51:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Soccer players from 40 different countries gathered this weekend in the Netherlands for a global tournament, but don't expect to see any emotional celebrations on the highlight reels out of these athletes. After all, they're robots. These androids were participating in RoboCup 2013, a unique event that featured more than 2,500 competitors and was held in the city of Eindhoven, according to BBC News. The competition's organizers...

2013-06-29 23:04:09

High school robotics team sends three high altitude balloons into the upper atmosphere. Grandville, Michigan (PRWEB) June 29, 2013 The Grandville High School RoboDawgs are among the best-known high school robotics teams in the country. For years they have competed all over North America, and along the way they have given out thousands of DawgTags to fans. These brightly-colored metal dog tags come in many colors and styles, with new styles introduced each year. DawgTags have been seen...

Robotic Ape Germans
2013-06-26 11:56:38

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is following a growing line of robots influenced by nature and have developed a walking and balancing robotic gorilla. Rather than build a bot with a purpose in mind (like the robotic pack mule being developed in the States by DARPA), the DFKI’s “iStruct” ape seems to be built as a mere demonstration of sophisticated new engineering components. The iStruct’s...

2013-06-24 23:17:32

MU School of Engineering Works with Database Company on Next-Gen Robotics to Improve National Defense and Enable People with Disabilities Columbia, MO (PRWEB) June 24, 2013 FairCom, a company that builds high-performance, engineering-level database technology, today announces its partnership with University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) School of Engineering’s Vision-Guided and Intelligent Robotics (ViGIR) lab. The relationship was formed to develop next-generation embedded databases that...

New Robot Is Future Farmer's Helper
2013-06-24 18:22:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A robot inspired by a hamster may be able to help out farmers by monitoring soil conditions on their land. The spherical-shaped robot works similarity to how a hamster is able to make a wheel move. It relocates its center of gravity to help make the robot roll over itself. This locomotion allows ROSPHERE to travel on non-compacted surfaces, such as dirt and sand. ROSPHERE features an embedded computer that processes all sensor...

Latest Robotics Reference Libraries

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,...

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...

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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  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.