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25 Teams to Participate in DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

March 5, 2015 2:55 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

The international robotics community has turned out in force for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals, a competition of robots and their human supervisors to be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, CA, outside of Los Angeles ...

Drone Maker Joins Camera Industry’s Micro Four Thirds Standards

March 5, 2015 2:01 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Standardization of camera mounts and lenses means more opportunities for photographers using...

Engineering Newswire 130: Goddess of Strategic War Blasts a Hole Through a Truck

March 5, 2015 10:17 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re replacing nurses with bear-shaped robots, running marathons...

Kids & Robots Learn to Write Together

March 4, 2015 11:52 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

A little girl lines up plastic letters fitted with QR codes in front of a little humanoid robot...

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NASA Swarmies Shuffle Through Field Tests

March 4, 2015 9:59 am | by Steven Siceloff, ​NASA's Kennedy Space Center | News | Comments

Months of lab work has led to this chilly day – by Florida standards – with four small, wheeled robots moving around the parking lot outside the Launch Control Center while their leader, Kurt Leucht, keeps electronic tabs on them ...  

Worker Robots That Can 'Think' On Their Feet

March 3, 2015 9:17 am | by National Science Foundation | Videos | Comments

Assembly line workers won't be swapping stories with their robotic counterparts any time soon, but future robots will be more aware of the humans they're working alongside. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) ...  

IBM, SoftBank Alliance to Bring Watson to All of Japan

March 2, 2015 1:41 pm | by IBM & Softbank Group | News | Comments

The goal of the collaboration is for SoftBank and IBM to bring new apps and services powered by Watson to market in the region, by establishing a broad local ecosystem of partners, entrepreneurs, and app developers who will apply Watson ...

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Automate 2015

February 27, 2015 3:35 pm | by Association for Advancing Automation (A3) | Events

Automation is helping companies in every industry become stronger global competitors. To succeed, you need the right solution providers, the right technology, and the right expertise. Automate 2015 will provide it all and more! Automate showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and ...

Innorobo 2015

February 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by Innoecho | Events

Innoecho, the company behind Innorobo, Europe’s leading event in robotics technologies, markets and innovations, has just closed the application process for its Call for Startups 2015. Held every year since the first edition of Innorobo in 2011, the Call for Startups gives budding ...

Designing Computer Programs to Streamline Human Behavior

February 27, 2015 11:22 am | by Julia Sklar, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

When MIT senior Sheldon Trotman walks into any room, he almost instinctively looks for inefficiencies. The electrical engineering and computer science major is bent on streamlining our world, and has already founded several small ...  

Schools Bring Science to Life Through Robotics

February 27, 2015 10:45 am | by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Johans Chavarro, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Hawaii | News | Comments

Students from elementary, middle and high schools around the Hawaii region participated in the 2015 Hawaii Regional SeaPerch Underwater Robotics for Youth competition Feb. 21 at U.S. Coast Guard Base Honolulu. Sponsored by the Office ....

Photos of the Day: Halo 5 Designer Models Robot Arm, Metallic Design

February 27, 2015 9:08 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

These striking images were made by Liz Kirby, a 3D environment artist and modeler. She uses Photoshop, Maya, ZBrush, and KeyShot to create her metallic artwork. Her art often tends toward the science fictional, with mechanical beings ...

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Prosthetic Hand Controlled by Patient's Mind

February 26, 2015 11:13 am | by The Lancet | News | Comments

Three Austrian men have become the first in the world to undergo a new technique called "bionic reconstruction," enabling them to use a robotic prosthetic hand controlled by their mind, according to new research published in The Lancet ...

Mouser, Imahara Unveil Robotics 'Empowering Innovation Challenge'

February 25, 2015 11:43 am | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is partnering with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to call on engineers of all levels to join them on a journey to Empower Innovation Together.  Engineers worldwide can engage with Grant Imahara through a ... 

MIT Explores How Wearbles Change Business

February 25, 2015 9:43 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Today’s most innovative technologies and tech-driven ideas — such as wearable electronics, the “Internet of things,” big data, and crowdsourcing — are forever changing the way we connect to one another and conduct business ...  

3D Printed ‘Good Drone’ Saves Castaways

February 24, 2015 11:35 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Survivors of accidents at sea may one day see a drone buzzing toward them, laden with pontoons. That’s the idea behind Robolifeguard, developed by Polish group AeroAtena, which was a semi-finalist in the “Drones for Good” competition ...

Entries Open for $10K Automation Contest

February 24, 2015 11:27 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Robotics, vision, and motion startups are invited to participate in the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition organized by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). The competition puts the focus on automation, including but not ...

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Robot Garden Makes Coding More Accessible

February 18, 2015 4:05 pm | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

Here’s one way to get kids excited about programming: a "robot garden" with dozens of fast-changing LED lights and more than 100 origami robots that can crawl, swim, and blossom like flowers. A team from MIT’s Computer Science ...  

An Unexpected Path for MIT Entrepreneurs

February 17, 2015 12:06 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Entrepreneurship can sometimes take people down unexpected paths. Just ask the two co-founders of MIT Media Lab spinout Sifteo: Their success in rapidly commercializing their popular “smart” gaming blocks recently led to an acquisition ...

Navy Debuts Robot That Fights Fires Aboard Ships

February 17, 2015 11:52 am | by Brock Vergakis, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Navy has developed a prototype of a man-sized robot to do one of the most dangerous jobs aboard a ship: Fighting a fire. Standing 5'10" and weighing in at about 140 pounds, the humanoid robot is capable of walking on an uneven ...  

Chatty Robot Returns from Space

February 13, 2015 3:25 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

When the CRS-5 Dragon cargo supply ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 12, it had a passenger: Kirobo, a talking robot designed to study collaboration between astronauts and humanoid bots. Kirobo and its Earth-bound ...  

Hotel to Launch with Humanoid Robot Staff

February 13, 2015 1:57 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Imagine staying in a hotel run by robots that can greet you and carry your luggage. This is no dystopian nightmare – in fact it will be a reality this summer when a hotel in Nagasaki, Japan staffed by 10 humanoid robots opens its doors ...

Micro-Garden Robots Search for Light

February 13, 2015 1:48 pm | by Amy Patterson Neubert, Purdue University | News | Comments

Purdue University professors designed a robotic platform allowing indoor plants to search for light to sustain nourishment. Soybots: Mobile Micro-Gardens is a responsive robotic-botanic hybrid artwork that utilizes light sensors to ...  

Building an International Network of Experts on Intelligent Systems

February 13, 2015 11:28 am | by Bielefeld University | News | Comments

Equipping machines with the necessary intelligence that will enable them to recognize how to make life easier for their human users all by themselves: To further this research, Bielefeld University is strengthening its international ties ...

DARPA Launches Robots4Us Video Contest

February 12, 2015 2:30 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

How will the growing use of robots change people’s lives and make a difference for society? How do teens want robots to make a difference in the future? As ever more capable robots evolve from the realm of science fiction to ...   

No Job is Safe from Technology

February 12, 2015 9:57 am | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

Automation is a major threat to the median American worker who specializes in what is called "routine knowledge work." Andrew McAfee of the MIT Sloan School of Management explains that this is the sweet spot where technology is ...  

Virtual Reality & Neurorobotics Speed Up Rehabilitation

February 11, 2015 2:27 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

To speed up the recovery process of people who suffer motor disability. This is the ambitious aim of the HYPER research project which is using neurorobotics, neuroprosthetics and virtual reality to improve the life quality of patients whose ...

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

February 11, 2015 10:15 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing manufacturing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that ...  

DARPA Developing Prosthetic Hands with Sense of Touch

February 10, 2015 12:48 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Despite recent advances in technology for upper-limb prostheses, artificial arms and hands are still unable to provide users with sensory feedback, such as the “feel” of things being touched or awareness of limb position and movement ... 

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