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Image 1 - Robotic Refueling Begins With Space Station Robotics
2012-03-08 10:37:12

NASA's highly anticipated Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) began operations on the International Space Station with the Canadian Dextre robot and RRM tools March 7-9, 2012, marking important milestones in satellite-servicing technology and the use of the space station robotic capabilities. A joint effort between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), RRM is an external station experiment designed to demonstrate the technologies, tools, and techniques needed to robotically service and...

Robot Reconnoiters Uncharted Terrain
2012-02-17 04:53:14

Mobile robots have many uses. They serve as cleaners, carry out inspections and search for survivors of disasters. But often, there is no map to guide them through unknown territory. Researchers have now developed a mobile robot that can roam uncharted terrain and simultaneously map it — all thanks to an algorithm toolbox. Industrial robots have been a familiar sight in the workplace for many years. In automotive and household appliance manufacture, for example, they have proved...

Robot Hand Capable Of Grasping, Throwing Objects
2012-02-16 13:41:50

[ Watch the Video ] Cornell University and University of Chicago engineers have developed a robotic hand that is capable of gripping objects and throwing them. The robot hand features a "universal jamming gripper" that can quickly harden by evacuating air inside the membrane, like vacuum-packing. If the gripper is placed over an object, such as a dart or coin, the hand tightly grasps it as the air is release.  Air is then pumped back into the hand, which loosens the robot's grip...

2012-01-30 08:00:00

In a January 2012 survey conducted by Persuadable Research Corporation, it is clear that most people would be in favor of domestic robots. The list of task abilities that is desired from a domestic robot is quite long. At the top of the list is moving heavy things and providing home security. Other tasks include cleaning windows, washing floors and dishes and doing laundry. Interestingly, nearly half, 41%, said they might consider a loan to pay for a robot. Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) January...

2011-12-22 14:05:00

Classically trained artists combine traditional methods with the latest in 3-D technology to grow their business — reducing production time and increasing efficiencies Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) December 22, 2011 Additive Workshop announces record growth since its acquisition by Masterpiece Investments in 2010. The company has seen their business increase by 40% while exponentially expanding creative opportunities for artists and a wide range of clients including Wynn Resorts, Disney,...

2011-11-21 09:04:01

The delicate touch that successfully removed an egg-shaped tumor from Paige Nickason's brain got a helping hand from a world-renowned arm -- a robotic arm, that is. The technology that went into developing neuroArm, the world's first robot capable of performing surgery inside magnetic resonance machines, was born from the Canadarm (developed by MDA for the US Space Shuttle Program), as well as Canadarm2 and Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency's family of space robots performing the...

High-tech Spider For Hazardous Missions
2011-11-07 09:20:32

Spiders are very agile, and some can even jump. They owe this capability to their hydraulically operated limbs. Researchers have now designed a mobile robot modeled on the same principle that moves spider legs. Created using a 3-D printing process, this lightweight can explore terrain that is beyond human reach. Enviably agile and purposeful, the mobile robot makes its way through grounds rendered off-limits to humans as the result of a chemical accident. Depressions, ruts and other...


Word of the Day
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.'