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2011-06-13 11:17:20

Aisha Sohail describes the Neuromorphics Lab at CELEST and the work of building artificial brains to be used in robotics I walked into the building and there was a human-sized robot waiting to greet me. It shook my hand, took my coat and brought me to sit in the room where my interview was going to be held. It asked me whether I needed a drink, and then proceeded to clean the countertops and water the plants. When I asked whether there was a reason it was working so hard, it simply said: "I...

2011-05-17 13:19:00

BURLINGTON, Mass., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Z Corporation will demonstrate a wide range of 3D printing and 3D laser scanning technologies at this year's RAPID 2011 Conference & Exposition, showcasing the tools that manufacturers, architects, educators and other innovators are increasingly employing to introduce higher-quality designs and products. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20040630/ZCORPLOGO ) The annual RAPID Conference and Tradeshow is North America's definitive...

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2011-05-16 10:30:43

There isn't a radio-control handset in sight as several small robots roll briskly up the hallways of an office building. Working by themselves and communicating only with one another, the vehicles divide up a variety of exploration tasks "“ and within minutes have transmitted a detailed floor map to humans nearby. This isn't a future-tech scenario. This advanced autonomous capability has been developed by a team from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania...

2011-05-06 00:13:33

Urban search and rescue (USAR) task forces are essential for locating, stabilizing, and extricating people who become trapped in confined spaces following a catastrophic event. Sometimes the search area is too unstable for a live rescue team, so rescuers have turned to robots wielding video cameras. Most recently, the USAR robots have been employed by rescuers following the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The rescuers control, or teleoperate, from a safe location. Teleoperation...

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2011-04-27 09:15:00

Design techniques honed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for Mars rovers were used to create the rover currently examining the inside of Japan's nuclear reactors, in areas not yet deemed safe for human crews. The iRobot PackBot employs technologies used previously in the design of "Rocky-7," which served as a terrestrial test bed at JPL for the current twin Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. PackBot's structural features are modeled after Rocky-7, including the...

2011-04-23 00:00:30

The Upstate New York LRIG (Laboratory Robotics Interest Group) and The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering present an upcoming meeting and supplier exhibition on Advances in Micro-Robotics. New York, NY (PRWEB) April 22, 2011 "Advances in Micro-Robotics" is presented by the Upstate New York LRIG and The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The upcoming meeting and supplier exhibition is a free event offering a technical program and exhibition as well as food and...

2011-03-09 15:39:58

Scientists have developed a programmable "molecular robot" "” a sub-microscopic molecular machine made of synthetic DNA that moves between track locations separated by 6nm. The robot, a short strand of DNA, follows instructions programmed into a set of fuel molecules determining its destination, for example, to turn left or right at a junction in the track. The report, which represents a step toward futuristic nanomachines and nanofactories, appears in ACS's Nano Letters. Andrew...

2010-12-30 15:00:00

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a sole source contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC) of Greenbelt, Md., for Systems Engineering for In-Space Servicing (SEISS). This cost-plus-fixed-fee, 18-month contract has a value of $31.2 million. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) LMSSC will provide systems and discipline engineering support to develop and execute two demonstrations to test and verify new robotic...

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2010-12-21 14:34:34

On December 22-23, 2010, Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency's robotic handyman aboard the International Space Station (ISS), will undertake a series of tasks that will officially certify the robot for duty. Since launched in 2008, Dextre has completed several rounds of tests as part of its certification process. These steps are essential to test the Dextre's systems and performance, since the robot could not be assembled and tested in Earth's gravity. Dextre will ride on the end of Canadarm2...

2010-12-08 02:20:37

Are you ready for robots in the ER? A group of computer engineers at Vanderbilt University is convinced that the basic technology is now available to create robot assistants that can perform effectively in the often-chaotic environment of the emergency room. The specialists in emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are enthusiastic about the potential advantages. So, the two groups have formed an interdisciplinary team to explore the use of robotics in this critical and...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.