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2012-03-02 06:40:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Energid Technologies Corporation has released version 3.0 of its Actin software toolkit. Actin provides advanced control tools and digital simulation for roboticists. Robots are growing in capability and economic impact. Much of this growth is driven by faster computer algorithms and software. Energid's Actin toolkit embodies this driving force. Actin allows roboticists to design complex robots using Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs,...

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...

2012-01-05 09:15:00

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The sluggish economy has claimed many casualties, but innovation is not one of them. To remain competitive, manufacturers have had to improve processes, increase efficiency and reduce costs. Fortunately, this has not always meant eliminating or outsourcing jobs. Sometimes it has meant embracing technology. Prototyping, or the ability to produce a part or product directly from an electronic file, is a case in point....

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,...

2011-11-29 08:50:00

CONYERS, Ga., Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GeckoSystems International Corporation (Pink Sheets: GOSY | http://www.geckosystems.com/) -- announced today that negotiations establishing a new Joint Venture under direct sponsorship of the government of the People's Republic of China, Nanle Electric Wheelchair Co., have been completed. The CEOs of both organizations have signed the Joint Venture agreement. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the emerging mobile robotics industry...

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...

Is That A Robot In Your Suitcase?
2011-11-02 09:00:44

A flying robot as small as a dinner plate that can zoom to hard-to-reach places and a fleet of eco-friendly robotic farm-hands are just two of the exciting projects the robotics team at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is working on. The pint-sized propellor-powered robots can be packed away into a suitcase. They have multiple cameras which enable them to 'see' the world around them as they navigate their way through buildings, carrying out tasks like deliveries or...