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MIT Robotic Cheetah As Energy Efficient As Real Animals
2013-03-08 18:40:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thanks to a group of researchers, one high-tech robotic cheetah is proving itself to be dominant above its flesh-and-blood counterparts in terms of running efficiency. A team of MIT mechanical engineers, led by Sangbae Kim, has developed a 70-pound robotic cheetah that wastes very little energy as it runs for an hour and a half at 5-miles-per-hour. Design principles to minimize energy waste led to the team developing a robot with...

Robotic Fish Can Utilize Aquatic Environment 'Flowscape'
2013-03-06 18:04:12

[ Video: FILOSE Fish Robot ] | [ Video: Robotic Fish Working Through In Flow ] | [ Video: FILOSE Research Project on Fish Locomotion and Sensing ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A say they have developed a new robotic fish that has lateral line sensing capabilities. The FILOSE team members have spent four years investigating fish lateral line sensing, which is a sensing organ found in aquatic...

Robotic Pack Mule Learns To Toss Heavy Objects
2013-03-02 07:11:52

[ Watch the Video: Dynamic Robot Manipulation ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An all-terrain robot designed to transport military supplies over areas too steep, rocky, muddy or snowy for conventional vehicles has now been outfitted with an arm capable of lifting and throwing cinder blocks. The four-legged robot known as BigDog is being manufactured by Massachusetts-based robotics firm Boston Dynamics and is being backed by the Defense Advanced Research...

Running Cockroaches Give Robotics A Fast Track To Success
2013-02-23 08:28:09

[WATCH VIDEO: From Running Roaches To Robots] April Flowers for redOrbit — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Michigan have found that running cockroaches begin to recover from being pushed sideways even before their nervous systems kick in to tell their legs what to do. The research team hopes that these new insights on the stabilization of biological systems could one day help engineers design steadier robots. The findings, published online in Biological...

2013-02-22 23:03:21

Linear robotics manufacturer Macron Dynamics recently celebrated 25 years in business in a small ceremony with Pennsylvania congressman Michael Fitzpatrick. Croydon, Pa. (PRWEB) February 22, 2013 Macron Dynamics, Inc., a manufacturer of linear robotics motion systems and belt driven linear actuators, recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary in a ceremony with Pennsylvania congressman Michael Fitzpatrick. The private ceremony took place at Macron Dynamics´ manufacturing facility...


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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kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'