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2010-12-03 10:39:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Teaming with the University of Michigan, SoarTech was recently awarded first place and $750,000 at the first Multi Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC 2010). SoarTech's real-time 3D interface featuring SAGE (Situation, Actions, Goals, Environment) impressed the judges and helped Team Michigan take first place. The nearly two year long, international competition was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and...

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2010-11-19 08:52:33

Interdisciplinary research combines infant learning and computer science A few years ago, AnthroTronix, Inc., an engineering research and development firm in College Park, Md., introduced Cosmobot, a type of social robot for therapists and educators who work with developmentally and learning disabled children. By imitating human joint movement in its shoulders, arms, hands and head, Cosmobot motivates children to develop new skills more quickly than is typical with traditional therapy....

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2010-10-01 11:15:00

A waterproof controller designed and built by York University researchers is allowing an underwater robot to go "wireless" in a unique way. AQUA, an amphibious, otter-like robot, is small and nimble, with flippers rather than propellers, designed for intricate data collection from shipwrecks and reefs. The robot, a joint project of York, McGill and Dalhousie universities, can now be controlled wirelessly using a waterproof tablet built at York. While underwater, divers can program the tablet...

2010-09-10 09:45:00

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Robots do whatever humans tell them to do, right?  Or is all a big lie? Experts at the Georgia Institute of Technology say they've given robots the ability to be deceptive.  "We have developed algorithms that allow a robot to determine whether it should deceive a human or other intelligent machine and we have designed techniques that help the robot select the best deceptive strategy to reduce its chance of being discovered," Ronald Arkin, a professor in the...

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2010-09-09 10:49:53

A robot deceives an enemy soldier by creating a false trail and hiding so that it will not be caught. While this sounds like a scene from one of the Terminator movies, it's actually the scenario of an experiment conducted by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology as part of what is believed to be the first detailed examination of robot deception. "We have developed algorithms that allow a robot to determine whether it should deceive a human or other intelligent machine and we have...

2010-09-08 08:00:00

BURLINGTON, Mass., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Designers, engineers and architects can explore the full range of options for 3D printing and rapid prototyping technologies at in-person, interactive seminars that Z Corporation dealers will offer this fall around the globe. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20040630/ZCORPLOGO ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040630/ZCORPLOGO ) The "How to Choose the Right Prototyping System" seminars will include live product...

2010-08-16 17:58:54

The intelligent robots that appear in the movies have little relation to real life, although the tendency in current robotics to create machines that are as independent as possible is a fact. "The robot has to be aware of what it is doing and, more and more, be capable of improving its behaviour, its learning". This, according to Mr Basilio Sierra, leading the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group at the Computer Sciences Faculty of University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), sums up the...

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2010-08-06 08:35:00

Wielding two claws, a motor and a tail that swings like a grandfather clock's pendulum, a small robot named ROCR ("rocker") scrambles up a carpeted, 8-foot wall in just over 15 seconds "“ the first such robot designed to climb efficiently and move like human rock climbers or apes swinging through trees. "While this robot eventually can be used for inspection, maintenance and surveillance, probably the greatest short-term potential is as a teaching tool or as a really cool toy," says...

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2010-07-26 10:52:48

Dennis Hong is living his dreams ... literally ... in a lab filled with wacky robots "When I was seven years old, I watched the film 'Star Wars' for the very first time. It just completely blew my mind. All the robots and spaceships," recalls Dennis Hong. You never know where you will find inspiration! For Hong, a mechanical engineer, it was there, on the silver screen. "R2D2, how it moved, its locomotion, inspired me to study robot locomotion, and C3PO, the human servant robot, inspired me...

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2010-06-18 11:50:00

Hitachi unveiled a pint sized roller-skating robot Friday that can negotiate uneven surfaces, respond to voice commands and could work as a tour guide or security guard. The Japanese electronics giant said the EMIEW2 has complex spring-loaded shock absorbers in its legs that allow it to move across minor bumps and wires on the floor without tripping.  "It can control its posture the way humans do when we stabilize ourselves after jumping on inline skates," Yuji Hosoda, chief researcher...


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