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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...

Cyro Jellyfish Robot Swims Autonomously
2013-03-28 18:55:37

[ Watch the Video: Autonomous Robotic Jellyfish ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from Virginia Tech College of Engineering have created an autonomous robotic jellyfish the size and weight of a grown man. Cyro is a larger model of a robotic jellyfish the team unveiled back in 2012 dubbed RoboJelly, which was about the size of a man's hand. The latest robotic ocean dweller is 5-foot-7-inches in length and weighs 170 pounds. "A larger vehicle...

Helping Robots Understand Their Limitations And Adapt
2013-03-27 19:04:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the journal International Journal of Robotics Research talked about building robots that are aware of their own limitations. According to researchers at MIT´s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), if robots are ever going to move around a constantly changing environment effectively, they will need to be more aware of their own limitations. Leslie Pack Kaelbling, the...

Local High Schools Win FIRST Robotics Competition
2013-03-27 12:40:37

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Sixty-five teams from Southern California, Hawaii and Chile competed in the Los Angeles regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition on March 22 and 23. JPL sponsored 12 schools in this annual engineering and technology contest, which was held at the Long Beach Convention Center. Winning teams for the overall regional competition were from Milken Community High School, Los Angeles; Atascadero High...

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 Therapist Proves Effective For Children With Autism
2013-03-22 14:24:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One two-foot-tall humanoid robot is acting as a therapist to help train children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The humanoid robot NAO (pronounced “now”) features an elaborate system of cameras, sensors and computers designed to help children learn how to coordinate their attention with other people and objects. Known to researchers as ℠joint attention´, children with autism typically have a...


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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