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2013-04-24 23:01:36

Lee's Summit High School's FIRST robotics team #1730, Team Driven, is scheduled to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championship Event on April 25th-27th in St. Louis. From a pool of more than 2,000 teams from all over the world, 400 will converge on the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships to be held April 24 - 27. Kansas City, Missouri (PRWEB) April 24, 2013 After six grueling weeks of long nights and early mornings, FIRST Team...

Flipperbot Helps Researchers Understand Turtle Locomotion
2013-04-24 08:33:07

Watch the video "Using Robots to Reveal Walking Secrets of Baby Sea Turtles" Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In recent years, robotics engineers have increasingly looked to nature for inspiration. Now, a trio of American scientists has developed a sea turtle-like robot to help them learn about the mechanics behind walking on sand-like surfaces. Named “Flipperbot,” the robot was described recently in the journal“¯Bioinspiration and...

Algorithm Shows Evolution Of Soft Robots
2013-04-23 18:57:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A group of researchers from Cornell University's Creative Machines Lab say they have developed an algorithm that can be used to witness virtual creatures evolving. The team wrote in their paper titled "Unshackling Evolution: Evolving Soft Robots With Multiple Materials and a Powerful Generative Encoding" in the journal Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference about their algorithm. They said the...

Humans Experience Empathy For Our Robotic Companions
2013-04-23 14:12:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although some theorize that they could one day take over the world, one group of scientists was curious about whether humans are capable of feeling empathy for our electronic companions. The team will be presenting their findings at the 63rd Annual International Communication Association (ICA) conference in London. During the study, 40 participants watched videos of a small dinosaur-shaped robot that was treated in either an...

Harvard Engineers Design TakkTile Sensors For Robots
2013-04-18 18:27:32

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When we think of robots, we typically think of the metal behemoth from Forbidden Planet, or Rosie from The Jetsons. In reality, many companies use robots to manufacture, pack and transport goods. However, they are often an arm fixed to the floor or other surface. These robots are heavy, strong, and do their job without sensing the needs of what they´re holding. That is, unless there are sensors so the robot can detect the...

2013-04-17 23:02:43

Supporting Six Teams, Patti Engineering Helps Youth Display Expertise in Science and Technology at FRC Auburn Hills, MI (PRWEB) April 17, 2013 Patti Engineering, Inc., a leader in control systems integration, today announced its continuing support for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). The annual competition brings together thousands of bright young students to compete in organized teams. Practicing engineers donate their time and expertise to help these teams as they are challenged to...

Humanoid Robot Petman 2 Suits Up To Test Military Gear
2013-04-08 13:25:10

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Move over Pet Rock, the Petman is on the way — or at least it would be on the way if it wasn´t tethered in place. This anthropomorphic robot from Boston Dynamics was developed for testing chemical protection clothing for humans, and possibly even future robots. Petman reportedly performs natural agile movements as a way to simulate how a wearer might put stress on protective clothing under realistic conditions. Boston...


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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