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Photos of the Day: 'Scorpion' Robot to Explore Fukushima Reactor

July 1, 2015 9:24 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new robot that raises its tail like a scorpion is scheduled to look at melted nuclear fuel inside one of the three wrecked Fukushima reactors in Japan. Toshiba Corp., co-developer of the ...

Your Face on Your Espresso? Highlights from Tech Show

June 29, 2015 9:44 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Imagine staring deep into the foam of your favorite espresso drink and seeing a face looking...

On-Vehicle Atmosphere Cleaning Among 5 Patents This Week

June 26, 2015 2:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Ozone is produced by a photochemical reaction between HC and NOx which are contained in exhaust...

Photos of the Day: An Inside Look at Italy's Maserati Plant

June 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Comau | News | Comments

The whole Maserati process involves the assembly of parts and subgroups through the insertion of...

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Underwater Exploration Vehicles Tailored for Deep-Sea Archeologists

June 25, 2015 12:56 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

With the ARROWS project, EU-funded researchers are turning deep-sea archeological exploration from a risky and out-of-reach undertaking to a flexible and affordable solution ...

New 'Arctic-Proof' Drone to Track the Effects of Climate Change

June 25, 2015 12:25 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Drones generally get a bad press but there’s far more to them than destruction and war – for example drone technology can help save lives in disaster zones reaching places that no humans can ..

Breakthrough Graphene Production Could Trigger Revolution in Artificial Skin Development

June 25, 2015 11:48 am | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

A pioneering new technique to produce high-quality, low cost graphene could pave the way for the development of the first truly flexible 'electronic skin', that could be used in robots ...


Musk & Hawking Fear Robot Apocalypse; Major Physicist Disagrees

June 25, 2015 10:57 am | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

All new technology is frightening, says physicist Lawrence Krauss. But there are many more reasons to welcome machine consciousness than to fear it ...

Photos of the Day: 6-Axis Articulated Robot Features 630 mm Reach

June 24, 2015 10:39 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

Comau, an Italian robotics company, unveiled its new, high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot last week at the Castle of Rivoli in the province of Turin, Italy. The exclusive media preview ...

June 2015: Intelligent Underwater Robots

June 22, 2015 2:22 pm | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of PD&D, we’re developing intelligent underwater robots and validating designs on the living heart. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask: What future automation systems should design engineers know ...

Programming Intelligent Underwater Robots

June 22, 2015 1:41 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

Intelligent underwater robots have increasingly been deployed as vital tools for mapping the ocean floor and monitoring pockets of the sea. Most autonomous vehicles are commanded by a low-level ...

Powdered Fuels & Combustion Devices Among 5 Patents This Week

June 19, 2015 2:47 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This patent explains that while “engineers have toiled for decades to discover workable alternatives to petroleum-based fuels,” those proposed thus far have failed to gain commercial success ..


Softbank's Childlike Robot with 'Heart' Set to Go on Sale

June 18, 2015 9:37 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Technology company Softbank's Pepper robot is going on sale in Japan on Saturday, equipped with a "heart" designed to not only recognize human emotions but react with simulations of ...

Photos of the Day: Emotional Robot Reacts with Anger, Joy, Irritation

June 18, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The robot, which has no legs and moves on wheels, was shown to reporters and guests at a Tokyo area theater Thursday. It has a hairless head and moving arms and went through ...

First Humanoid Robot In Space Receives NASA Government Invention of the Year

June 17, 2015 10:17 am | by NASA | News | Comments

If you ever visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center and get to meet the Robonaut 2 prototype, be sure to shake the robot’s hand, since it can do that, and congratulate it ...

Photos of the Day: Russia's New Armata Tank

June 15, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Armata, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s military modernization program, is expected to form the backbone of the nation's armed forces for years to come. It's designers say the machine may ...

Russia's New Armata Tank: Step Toward Fully Robotic Vehicles

June 15, 2015 9:54 am | by Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia's new tank, the Armata, is expected to form the backbone of the nation's armed forces for years to come. Its designers say the new machine may evolve into a fully robotic vehicle that could ...


Star Wars Questions Answered By National Lab Scientists

June 12, 2015 4:41 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

How powerful is a Death Star? Four scientists from the National Laboratories sat down together to talk about exactly how much power would be needed to blow up a planet ...

First Exoskeleton for Industry Unveiled

June 12, 2015 12:17 pm | by Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO | News | Comments

Production workers often lift up to 10 metric tons of material a day. According to the Work Foundation Alliance (Lancaster, UK), 44 million workers in the EU suffer from work-related ...

Centimeter-Long Origami Robot Climbs Inclines, Swims

June 12, 2015 11:38 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At the recent International Conference on Robotics and Automation, MIT researchers presented a printable origami robot that folds itself up from a flat sheet of plastic when heated ...

Robotics Competition Generated Groundbreaking Research

June 11, 2015 2:27 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Last weekend was the final round of competition in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s contest to design control systems for a humanoid robot that could climb a ...

Robot Eyes Will Benefit from Insect Vision

June 10, 2015 12:25 pm | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

The way insects see and track their prey is being applied to a new robot under development at the University of Adelaide, in the hopes of improving robot visual systems ...

Using Minecraft to Unboggle the Robot Mind

June 9, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

Researchers from Brown University are developing a new algorithm to help robots better plan their actions in complex environments. It's designed to help robots be more useful in the real ...

Photos of the Day: Cutting-Edge Robots Compete in Disaster Simulation

June 9, 2015 9:53 am | by Raquel Maria Dillon, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's shaping up to be a snail's pace race featuring cutting-edge robots doing simple but critical tasks. Robots in the disaster response competition in California must push buttons, turn valves, cut through a ...

Photos of the Day: Robots Fall, Tumble & Walk Through Rubble at DARPA Challenge

June 8, 2015 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The contest by DARPA started after the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan. Workers couldn’t vent hydrogen from the overloaded reactors without enduring excess...

These Machines Will Map the Bottom of the Sea

June 5, 2015 3:01 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A dozen people have walked on the moon and nearly 4,000 have stood on top of Mt. Everest. But only three humans have ventured the other way to Challenger Deep, the seabed’s deepest point ...

Introducing ESCHER the Emergency Response Robot

June 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Terrestrial Robotics Engineering & Controls Lab at Virginia | Videos | Comments

ESCHER (Electric Series Compliant Humanoid for Emergency Response) is Team VALOR's entry into the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Designed, manufactured, assembled, and programmed at ...

Technique Could Boost Development of Nanomachines

June 5, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Friction is all around us, working against the motion of tires on pavement, the scrawl of a pen across paper, and even the flow of proteins through the bloodstream. Whenever two surfaces ...

Robotic Glove Helps Patients Grasp Objects Independently

June 5, 2015 1:14 pm | by Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Science | News | Comments

The majority of patients with partial or total loss of their hand motor abilities experience greatly reduced quality of life due to their inability to perform many normal activities of daily living ...

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