Latest Robots Stories

2008-11-26 15:49:43

Rescue robot exercise brings together robots, developers, first responders The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a rescue robot exercise in Texas last week in which about three dozen robots were tested by developers and first responders in order to develop a standard suite of performance tests to help evaluate candidate mechanical rescuers. This exercise was sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate to develop performance...

2008-08-07 09:00:00

To: SCIENCE EDITORS Contact: Ted Knight, +1-301-405-3596, +1-410-703-4685, teknight@umd.edu, or Missy Corley, +1-301-405-6501, mcorley@umd.edu, both of the A. James Clark School of Engineering COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland's student robotics group, Robotics@Maryland, won the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and Office of Naval Research 11th Annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Competition in San...

2008-07-31 10:45:00

The field of robotics could be poised for a breakthrough, leading to a new generation of intelligent machines capable of taking on multiple tasks and moving out of the factory into the home and general workplace. The great success of robots so far has been in automating repetitive tasks in process control and assembly, yielding dramatic cuts in production, but the next step towards cognition and more human-like behavior has proved elusive. It has been difficult to make robots that can truly...

2008-07-17 03:00:10

By Kellie B. Gormly, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 17--Modern robots go far beyond the image of Rosie on "The Jetsons" and R2-D2 on "Star Wars." Robots can explore dangerous terrain where humans should not go, search collapsed buildings and investigate bombs. They can search for signs of life on other planets. A robot can even take the form of an SUV that drives itself. Carnegie Science Center visitors can get acquainted with many types of robots this weekend, when the center hosts...

2008-07-16 10:55:00

Several snowmobiles navigated speedily over arctic ice and snow in Alaska's outback in late June. This scene might seem ordinary except that the recently unveiled snowmobiles are unmanned, autonomous, toy-size robots called SnoMotes "“ the first prototype network of their kind envisioned to rove treacherous areas of the Arctic and Antarctic capturing more accurate measurements that will help scientists better understand what is causing the well-documented melting of ice in those...

2008-05-27 16:47:32

A new robot that walks like humans is one of the most advanced of its kind. Attempts to get robots moving like people typically result in very stilted gaits and limited range of motion. Human walking is "really very similar to falling forward in a controlled fashion," researchers at TU Delft in The Netherlands explained. "Adopting this method replaces the cautious, rigid way in which robots walk with the more fluid, energy-efficient movement used by humans." The new...

2008-03-20 00:00:00

A robot named "Phobot" that mimics human fear took top honors during the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction in Amsterdam last week. Seven teams from technical universities competed in the contest, with attendees voting Phobot, designed by University of Amsterdam students, their top pick. All of the competing teams used the same National Instruments software and  Lego robotics set with light, sound, touch and ultrasound sensors. "This robot is there as a sort of buddy to...

2008-03-19 00:05:00

Astronauts aboard the space station gave Dextre, the newly assembled robotic handyman, a permanent home outside the orbital outpost on Tuesday. Using the station's robot arm, they moved the gangly, mechanical giant to a perch outside the American science laboratory. Before the move, spacewalkers Rick Linnehan and Bob Behnken had equipped Dextre with a tool belt, lights and camera. Their seven-hour outing put the final touches on the $209 million Canadian creation, whose hands, arms, torso and...

2008-03-18 08:10:00

Spacewalking astronauts wrapped up the assembly of a robotic handyman outside the international space station late Monday, equipping the 12-foot tall humanoid with a tool kit, camera and lights. The outing by astronauts Rick Linnehan and Bob Behnken drew to a close after midnight, stretching to nearly seven hours. The $209 million Canadian mechanical maintenance man, nicknamed Dextre, was delivered to the space station in pieces aboard the shuttle Endeavour last week. His hands, arms and...

2008-03-17 07:00:00

A robotic handyman, nearing final assembly outside the international space station, moved his hands and arms for the first time Sunday, delighting the astronauts as well as the mechanism's Canadian development team. A third and final spacewalk to equip the $209 million Canadian robot nicknamed Dextre with a toolbelt and tools is planned for Monday night. The robot was delivered to the station in pieces aboard the shuttle Endeavour last week to carry out some of the future space station...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.