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Developing a Robotic Therapist for Children

April 20, 2015 2:13 pm | by Carlos III University of Madrid | News | Comments

In collaboration with other national institutions, researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid are designing a new therapeutic tool for motor rehabilitation for children. In this project, an interactive social therapist robot, which is totally ...

Photos of the Day: Second NASA MUTT Makes First Flight

April 17, 2015 10:09 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT) is greeted on an Edwards Air Force Base runway...

ABB Acquires Gomtec to Expand Collaborative Robotics Portfolio

April 16, 2015 4:58 pm | by ABB | News | Comments

ABB has announced it acquired Gomtec GmbH to expand its offering in the field of collaborative...

UV Light Robot to Stop Spread of Superbugs

April 16, 2015 2:18 pm | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Can a robot clean a hospital room just as well as a person? According to new research out of the...

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Drone Brain Maker Airware Gets a Lift

April 16, 2015 10:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Last November, when GE invested in the drone technology company Airware, Alex Tepper, managing director at GE Ventures, said his company wanted to be part of the commercial drone space and “help it grow.” He’s made good on that ...

Engineering Newswire 136: NASA Prepares to Crash into Mercury

April 16, 2015 10:57 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re taking to the skies with the Solo drone, getting ready to crash into Mercury, and cooking in the world’s first robotic kitchen ...

NASA Autonomy Incubator Pushing for Intelligent Machines

April 16, 2015 9:46 am | by Joe Atkinson, NASA Langley Research Center | News | Comments

Search-and-rescue operations. Package delivery. Underwater exploration. They're all things people do well. But the day could soon come when intelligent machines do them even better. That's the thinking, anyway, among a small group ...

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Army Looks Toward Fully Autonomous Tactical Vehicle

April 15, 2015 1:47 pm | by Ms. Lisa Ferdinando (ARNEWS Org Page) | News | Comments

The Army is working toward developing a fully autonomous tactical vehicle, a robotics expert said. "When you start looking at the mid-term, five to 10 years, we start talking about tapping into external systems," said Mark Mazzara, robotics ...

Teaching Tykes to Program Robots

April 15, 2015 1:41 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Playgrounds are popular spaces for young children to play and learn. They promote exploration of the physical environment and motor and social skill development, allowing young children to be autonomous while developing core ...

China's Ninebot Buys Struggling U.S. Segway

April 15, 2015 9:25 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Segway, the iconic but struggling U.S. maker of self-balancing personal electric scooters, has been bought by a Chinese rival. Beijing-based Ninebot Inc., which makes a range of short-distance motorized transport devices ...

Bubble Wrap Owner Seals Deal for Floor Cleaning Robots

April 15, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sealed Air Corp. is buying Intellibot Robotics LLC in a move to expand its floor cleaning business. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based packaging company is paying an undisclosed amount for a company ...

Flexing New Muscles on the International Space Station

April 14, 2015 11:32 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

When people conjure an image of a robot in their mind, they may imagine something out of a steampunk story - complex gears, rotors and clockworks. All metal, no muscle - but that's all about to change. An American company creates ...

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Students Gather for Team Robot Battles

April 13, 2015 2:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The largest educational competitive robotics program in the world starts its engines on April 15. The Vex Robotics World Championship, held in Louisville, Ky., brings teams of middle school, high school and college students together for competitive games ...

First Robot into Fukushima Reactor Stalls, Gets Some Data

April 13, 2015 10:26 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said Monday that the first robot sent inside one of melted reactors stalled before finishing its work but it collected data that indicates a path to send robots deeper into the reactor is intact ...

More Ground Robots to Serve Alongside Soldiers

April 9, 2015 1:34 pm | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | News | Comments

The dawning of a new age of Army ground robots will soon be here, said Scott Davis, program executive officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support. Davis spoke during a session of the National Defense Industrial Association ...

New Tech Makes Drones Safer & Smarter

April 9, 2015 1:09 pm | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

The growing popularity of drones has raised major safety concerns. Because drones can run out of power, forcing them to land immediately, they must be able to detect safe landing spots and properly execute landing operations ...

Inkjet-Printed Liquid Metal Could Bring Wearable Tech, Soft Robotics

April 9, 2015 1:02 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

New research shows how inkjet-printing technology can be used to mass-produce electronic circuits made of liquid-metal alloys for "soft robots" and flexible electronics. Elastic technologies could make possible a new class of pliable ...

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What Can Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Tell Us?

April 9, 2015 12:52 pm | by Drexel University | News | Comments

The ceremonial opening kick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which was performed - with the help of a brain-controlled exo-skeleton - by a local teen who had been paralyzed from the waste down due to a spinal cord injury ...

How Robots Can Help Build Better Doctors

April 9, 2015 12:38 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

A young doctor leans over a patient who has been in a serious car accident and invariably must be experiencing pain. The doctor's trauma team examines the patient's pelvis and rolls her onto her side to check her spine ...

Can Robots Be Creative?

April 8, 2015 10:32 am | by TED-Ed | Videos | Comments

People have been grappling with the question of artificial creativity - alongside the question of artificial intelligence - for over 170 years. For instance, could we program machines to create high quality original music? And if we do, is it the ...

Autonomous Robots Race in MIT Tunnels

April 7, 2015 10:31 am | by Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics | News | Comments

A new activity offered during January’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) showcased fully autonomous 1:10-scale model cars navigating through MIT's underground tunnels in a robot race. Rapid Autonomous Complex-Environment Competing ...

Develop an App for Space Exploration with NASA & IBM

April 7, 2015 9:41 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

IBM will be offering free access to its cloud development program, Bluemix, as part of a collaboration with NASA during a global weekend of coding. The Space Apps challenge will ...

College Tie-Ins Allow More to Join Michigan Robotics Craze

April 7, 2015 9:22 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

An increasing number of students from Michigan's most financially strapped urban school districts, including Detroit and Flint, are joining robotics teams because local universities are ...

Produce More Flexibly with the Industry Cockpit

April 2, 2015 3:28 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Customers expect products to be tailored to their needs. And not only that: they want to influence the way the product is manufactured as well. As a result, very flexible manufacturing and administrative processes are necessary ...

Engineering Newswire 134: Robot Takes a Pounding in Dodgeball Barrage

April 2, 2015 10:09 am | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we starting up the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, grabbing objects with a giant tongue gripper, and playing dodgeball with a bipedal robot ...

Brain-Machine Interface Controls Prosthetic Hand

March 31, 2015 1:32 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts. The technique, demonstrated with a 56-year-old ...

New Discovery Leads to Soft, Energy-Efficient Robotic Wings

March 31, 2015 1:28 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Dielectric elastomers are novel materials for making actuators or motors with soft and lightweight properties that can undergo large active deformations with high-energy conversion efficiencies. This has made dielectric elastomers popular for ...

Hector the Robot Prepared for Self-Awareness

March 31, 2015 11:55 am | by Bielefeld University | News | Comments

A year ago, researchers at Bielefeld University showed that their software endowed the walking robot Hector with a simple form of consciousness. Their new research goes one step forward: they have now developed a software architecture ...

Intelligent Neuroprostheses Mimic Natural Motor Control

March 31, 2015 10:45 am | by Cognitive Neuroscience Society | News | Comments

Neuroscientists are taking inspiration from natural motor control to design new prosthetic devices that can better replace limb function. In new work, researchers have tested a range of brain-controlled devices - from wheelchairs to robots ...

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