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Comau Launches Small, Fast Shop Robot

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Comau’s newest industrial robot, designed to fit in a limited space with a reach of just under a meter in length, can carry up to 10 kilograms and moves the fastest in its category. Racer 999, the follow-up to the Racer ...    

Where GE Ventures Sees the Next Big Ideas

January 30, 2015 9:33 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Like many inventors, Thomas Edison started out as a teenage tinkerer with empty pockets. But his...

Stakes Are Raised for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

January 29, 2015 2:14 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

A total of $3.5 million in prizes will now be awarded to the top three finishers in the DARPA...

Robotic Helicopter to Scout for Mars Rovers

January 29, 2015 11:04 am | by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Videos | Comments

JPL engineers are working on a small helicopter that could ‘scout’ a trail for future Mars...

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Engineering Newswire 125: Vampire-Bat Inspired Drone Walks & Flies

January 29, 2015 10:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying – and walking – with vampire-bat inspired drones, showing off Russia’s new ATV riding cyborg, and taking stomach acid powered joyrides in mouse stomachs ...        

Why I Make Robots the Size of a Grain of Rice

January 29, 2015 10:52 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build incredibly robust, super teeny, mechanical versions of creepy crawlies … and then they add rockets. See their jaw-dropping developments in ...

This Robot Learns One Step at a Time

January 28, 2015 11:18 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Researchers at the L'Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR) in France are teaching a robot how to evolve. The team use a six-legged robot called Creadapt to study how machines can adapt to new ...     

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Photos of the Day: 'World's First Family Robot' Raises $2M

January 28, 2015 9:13 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Weighing six pounds, the robot stands 11 inches tall with a six-inch base. The team experimented with a variety of glass, metals, and plastics, to achieve a sturdy and lightweight design. The final iteration uses aluminum, ABS plastic ...

Cocktail Keurig Brings Bartender to Your Kitchen

January 27, 2015 11:56 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

The self-proclaimed “Nespresso for cocktails,” the Somabar makes your favorite drinks in the comfort of your own home. The team spent three years prototyping and have successfully created a fully-functional, patent-pending ...   

Designing a Personal Robot

January 27, 2015 9:24 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Jibo, “The World’s First Family Robot,” raised more than $2 million on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, making it one of the most funded projects in the site’s history. Turning to crowdfunding with the hope to raise Jibo awareness, as well as the ...

Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children

January 26, 2015 4:42 pm | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

Not much rivals the dexterity of a good surgeon's hands. But humans being humans, fatigue or even tremors after a long day at the hospital can make things challenging, especially when operating on small children ...     

Drone Found on White House Grounds

January 26, 2015 11:22 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The recent proliferation of inexpensive drones has prompted growing fears about potential collisions with traditional aircraft. Technological advances have also made it easier to equip drones with advanced capabilities such as ...   

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Preparing for the Robot Uprising

January 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Could artificial intelligence programs revolutionize human labor laws? Should autonomous weapons be programmed to comply with the Geneva Conventions? A speculative letter released on ...          

NASA's CATS Installed on ISS by Robotic Handoff

January 26, 2015 9:37 am | by NASA | News | Comments

On Jan. 22, 2015, robotic flight controllers successfully installed NASA’s Cloud Aerosol Transport System aboard the International Space Station through a robotic handoff — the first time one robotic arm on station has worked in concert with ...

Crowdfunding the Future

January 26, 2015 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The crowdfunding site Indiegogo was founded in 2008, and Kickstarter began a year later. Since then, millions of contributors have brought products just like Jibo, 'The World’s First Family Robot,' to life. A company representative states ...

January/February: Designing a Personal Robot

January 26, 2015 9:17 am | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this edition of PD&D, we are designing robots for the home, printing sensors on a variety of fabrics, and incorporating the IoT into medical devices. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask industry experts about the future of ...

Robots Pave the Way for Human Missions to Mars

January 23, 2015 9:44 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

For decades robots have been exploring Mars' atmosphere and surface, forging space science advances and paving the way for future human missions to Mars. While robots have been highly effective, some say only human space travel can ...  

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Engineering Newswire 124: Atlas Robot Gets Major Upgrade

January 22, 2015 3:53 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re untethering the all new Atlas Robot, fighting global warming, and ... doing the laundry ...                    

Boeing's Winglets, Sandia's Robot Hands Among 5 Patents This Week

January 22, 2015 3:47 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

In other patent news this week, a self-tightening shoe and adjustable flossing mouthpieces are making mornings easier. A mobile celebration device has also been approved in time for the weekend, or if you can’t make it that long ...  

White House, NASA Discuss State of Stem

January 22, 2015 12:54 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

About 130 middle and high school students got the chance to speak with astronauts and leading scientists from NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Responses to climate change and NASA’s long-term plans for ... 

NASA Robot Plunges into Volcano to Explore Fissure

January 20, 2015 11:16 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Volcanoes have always fascinated Carolyn Parcheta. She remembers a pivotal moment watching a researcher take a lava sample on a science TV program video in 6th grade. Exploring volcanoes is risky business. That's why Parcheta ...

Robot ISAAC Will Help NASA Speed Toward Innovation

January 20, 2015 10:59 am | by Sam McDonald, NASA Langley Research Center | News | Comments

A robot named ISAAC — born with a versatile, spinning head and a robust, acrobatic arm — promises to give NASA’s Langley Research Center a leg up in the quest to develop lighter, stronger composite structures and materials for aerospace ...

Japan to Sell Talking Robots That Won't Try to Make Sense

January 20, 2015 9:02 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations. Hiroshi Ishiguro's 28-centimer tall button-eyed Sota, which stands for ...

Freeing Next Gen Robots from Their Cages

January 14, 2015 12:05 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Manufacturing robots aren’t typically the friendliest of fellows. Powerful electromechanical arms lift, spin and weld partially built car bodies. That’s why Rethink Robotics introduced Baxter ...        

Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum Dots Are for Real

January 14, 2015 11:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is arguably the single most important event of the year. With 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, 3,600 exhibitors, and more than 170,000 attendees — every one of which we got to ...   

Photos of the Day: Famous Fountains Use 'HyperShooters,' Robotics

January 13, 2015 9:53 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

As a principle, if a material or tool doesn’t melt in water, WET can use it. Water, light, natural gas, propane, alcohols, air, fog, smoke, and ice all appear in the WET portfolio. A variety of products also appear in the company’s designs ...

Former Imagineer Designs Iconic Fountains

January 13, 2015 9:36 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

Disney Imagineers are the creative brains behind the construction and design of Disney theme parks, cruise ships, and resorts worldwide. These ambitious employees possess a combination of engineering and imagination that Disney requires to ...

Tech that Will Transform the World in 5 Years

January 12, 2015 4:15 pm | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The top three technologies most likely to transform the world during the next five years, according to IHS Technology, are ...                    

Robot Cameras Monitor Deep Sea Ecosystems

January 12, 2015 10:45 am | by National Oceanography Centre | News | Comments

Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have used advanced photographic tools in an unmanned Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to make major advancements in estimating deep-sea ecosystem diversity at ‘landscape' ...   

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