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Water Balloon Cannon Among 5 Patents This Week

May 29, 2015 1:47 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This patent cites the current unreliability of water balloon launching devices. For example, the water balloon will often (apparently) burst while inside the barrel of the launching device ...

MIT Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump

May 29, 2015 11:45 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a leap for robot development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now...

Advanced Manufacturing Canada

May 28, 2015 4:03 pm | by SME | Events

As advanced manufacturing technologies are enabling companies to manufacture goods faster,...

Non-Traditional Roboticists to Help Bolster National Security

May 28, 2015 12:33 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

The past 10 years have seen an explosion of robotics advances from small businesses and...

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Autonomous Robots Divvy Up Assembly Tasks on the Fly

May 28, 2015 11:49 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Today’s industrial robots are remarkably efficient — as long as they’re in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be. But put them in an unfamiliar setting, where they have to think for ...

Engineering Newswire 141: New Robot Walks Like a Cartoon

May 28, 2015 10:09 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing an all-terrain knee for all walks of life, getting a new point of view on SpaceX’s pad abort test, and mimicking Mickey Mouse’s movements ...

Top 5 from RAPID 2015

May 28, 2015 9:23 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Last week, Long Beach, California was home to the latest in 3D printing and scanning technology. RAPID celebrated its 25th anniversary with a smorgasbord of innovative technology from both established companies and ...

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Who Will Lose Their Job to the Machines?

May 27, 2015 1:53 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

William Lee invented a stocking frame knitting machine in 1589, but Queen Elizabeth I denied him the patent. Why? Because job security is not a new concern ...

Medical Millirobots Offer Hope for Less-Invasive Surgeries

May 27, 2015 11:52 am | by University of Houston | News | Comments

Seeking to advance minimally invasive medical treatments, researchers have proposed using tiny robots, driven by magnetic potential energy from magnetic resonance imaging scanners ...

Researchers Develop Intelligent Handheld Robots

May 26, 2015 12:43 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

What if handheld tools know what needs to be done and were even able to guide and help inexperienced users to complete jobs that require skill? Researchers at the University of Bristol have ...

Robot Masters New Skills Through Trial & Error

May 22, 2015 11:31 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn ...

Where Will 3D Technology Take Us Next?

May 22, 2015 9:32 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

From TE Connectivity’s unveiling of a fully functional 3D printed motorcycle to Forecast 3D’s reveal of a race car with more than 70 3D printed parts, the show floor was alive with innovation and ingenuity. The motorcycle ...

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Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arm

May 22, 2015 9:03 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play "rock, paper, scissors" by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported. Two years ago, doctors in California ...

Controlling a Robotic Arm with a Patient's Intentions

May 21, 2015 2:51 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain's movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with amputations or paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb - one that can be either connected to or ...

My Daughter, My Wife, Our Robot & the Quest for Immortality

May 21, 2015 9:25 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter's life). Meanwhile she is working ...

Fast Track Program Invites Non-Traditional Roboticists to Help Bolster National Security

May 19, 2015 12:58 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

The past 10 years have seen an explosion of robotics advances from small businesses and individuals, thanks in part to lower manufacturing costs and the global rise of community workshops such as ...

'Reuseum' Spurs Kids' Passion for Technology

May 19, 2015 10:51 am | by Ryan Struyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Watching a toothbrush-bristle robot skitter across the table, John Schiff grins and laughs with a childlike fascination. Schiff says he hopes to instill that same enthusiasm in others at ...

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NASA Bequeaths Grant to Manage 'Swarmathon' Challenge

May 15, 2015 3:21 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The University of New Mexico will manage NASA’s Swarmathon Challenge, a state-of-the-art swarm robotics competition which will take place between 2016 and 2018 ...

Octopus Arm Inspires Future Surgical Tool

May 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by IOP Publishing | News | Comments

A robotic arm that can bend, stretch and squeeze through cluttered environments has been created by a group of researchers from Italy. Inspired by the eight arms of the octopus, the device has ...

5 High School Students Win Robots4Us Video Contest

May 15, 2015 11:39 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Five short videos prepared by U.S. high school students have been selected as winning entries in DARPA’s Robots4Us video contest and will be featured at a June 7 invitational workshop on the future of robotics ...

An Important Step in Artificial Intelligence

May 15, 2015 11:30 am | by Sonia Fernandez, UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

In what marks a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have demonstrated the functionality of a simple artificial neural circuit. For the first time, a circuit of about 100 artificial synapses ...

Crop-Mapping Drones Win MIT $100K

May 15, 2015 11:08 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Drones are positioned to change people’s lives, with tech giants building unpiloted aerial vehicles to deliver packages to homes or provide Internet access across the globe. Using that idea as a jumping-off point ...

Drone Flys after Simple Toss into the Air

May 14, 2015 2:53 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Forget the selfie stick; one group has created an intuitive picture and video capturing drone that flies itself with one simple heave into the air ...

Building Spacecrafts in Space

May 14, 2015 10:09 am | by NASA 360 | Videos | Comments

It takes a lot of hard work and effort to get an entire spacecraft into orbit. But what if we didn’t have to? What if we built the spacecraft IN space? A NASA Innovative Advanced Concept is looking at just that ...

Photos of the Day: Robot Rodeo Showcases Bomb Squad Expertise

May 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Bomb squads from across the country saddled up their robots and are duking it out at the ninth annual Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise at Sandia National Laboratories. The five-day event offers a ...

Bomb Squads Duke It Out at Robot Rodeo

May 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

The rodeo, which began Monday, is designed with elaborate props to model the atmosphere of real-life emergencies in a low-risk, competitive environment. Robots are life-saving tools for the nation’s hazardous device teams ...

May 2015: Replacing the Humvee

May 13, 2015 4:52 pm | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of PD&D we're replacing the Humvee and unveiling a small robot for compact spaces. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask: How does the design and usability of wearables need to change in ...

Connecting to the Industrial Internet of Things

May 13, 2015 3:40 pm | by Tom Mariano, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Foliage | Articles | Comments

For the first time in its brief and storied history, the Internet has more machines and inanimate objects talking to each other than people. Cisco, the world’s largest provider of Internet equipment, estimates there are ...

A Small Robot for Compact Spaces

May 13, 2015 3:23 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

Robotic assembly is becoming the cornerstone of many factories. From large vehicles to small electronic components, robots are assembling many of world’s most popular products. However, as manufactured goods become ...

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