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Firmer Footing for Robots With Smart Walking Sticks

November 26, 2014 11:06 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Anyone who has ever watched a humanoid robot move around in the real world - an "unstructured environment," in research parlance - knows how hard it is for a machine to plan complex movements, balance on uneven surfaces or ...   

Engineering Newswire 118: Musk Unveils Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

November 26, 2014 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re bringing sports car sounds to the minivan, landing drones...

Robotic Ocean Gliders Aid Study of Melting Polar Ice

November 25, 2014 1:49 pm | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | News | Comments

The rapidly melting ice sheets on the coast of West Antarctica are a potential major contributor...

Underwater Robot Sheds New Light on Antarctic Sea Ice

November 25, 2014 11:13 am | by British Antarctic Survey | News | Comments

The first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice have been developed using an...

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Army Tests Insect-Inspired Robots

November 24, 2014 12:33 pm | by Joyce P. Brayboy, ARL Public Affairs | News | Comments

Army researchers are finding they have much to learn from bees hovering near a picnic spread at a park. Dr. Joseph Conroy, an electronics engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, known as ARL, part of the Research ...    

Theater Arts Research Offers Insight for Robot Builders

November 24, 2014 9:47 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

As an actress, producer, director and theatre arts lecturer at The University of Texas at Arlington, Julienne Greer knows the techniques that help draw people’s deepest emotions to the surface. Now, she’s building on her ...    

Marine with Robotic Leg Braces Gets Bronze Star

November 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. The crowd of 300 Marines ...

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A Look at How FDA-Approved Robotic Leg Braces Work

November 24, 2014 9:42 am | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, who was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet two years ago in southern Afghanistan, is walking again thanks to a set of robotic leg braces known as the ReWalk system. Herrera is the first in the United States to ... 

Replacing Mailmen With Drones

November 21, 2014 1:03 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

When Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos announced his company’s plans in late 2013 to start offering 30 minute drone deliveries for packages weighing less than five pounds, many news outlets criticized his idea. In spite of this criticism, Amazon is now ...

Robots Take Over Inspection of Ballast Tanks on Ships

November 21, 2014 11:44 am | by University of Twente | News | Comments

A new robot for inspecting ballast water tanks on board ships is being developed by a Dutch-German partnership including the University of Twente. The robot is able to move independently along rails built into the tanks. At the moment ...

Impacts of Power Prosthetic Failures on Amputees

November 21, 2014 9:45 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines exactly what happens when these technologies fail, with ...

Robotic Walker Helps Patients Regain Natural Gait

November 21, 2014 9:20 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson's disease often struggle with mobility. To regain their motor functions, these patients are required to ...   

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Engineering Newswire 117: Electric Scooter Unfolds in a Second

November 20, 2014 11:18 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re searching the sea with robotic ocean gliders, unfolding an electric scooter in a single second, and shielding our eyes from blinding headlights ...          

Army Robotics Researchers Look Far into the Future

November 19, 2014 10:03 am | by David McNally, RDECOM Public Affairs | News | Comments

The U.S. Army envisions a future where robots are integral members of the team performing autonomous actions and maintaining current capabilities. Five years ago, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, known as ARL, set out to ...   

Young Engineers Build Tomorrow's Drone Tech Today

November 19, 2014 9:38 am | by American Society of Mechanical Engineers | News | Comments

Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals this week at the International Mechanical Engineering ...

The End of Privacy as We Know It

November 18, 2014 9:05 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

As a member of the millennial generation, I have grown comfortable with constant surveillance. In fact, I’m almost oblivious to the omnipresent surveillance cameras in shopping centers, parking lots, schools, train stations, and ...  

DARPA-Funded Inflatable Robotics Sparks Idea for Silver Screen Star

November 17, 2014 10:46 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The giant, balloon-like inflatable robot named Baymax in Disney’s Big Hero 6 has its roots in real-world research conducted by iRobot Corporation, Carnegie Mellon University and Otherlab under DARPA’s Maximum Mobility Manipulation ...  

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Social Robots Help Children with Diabetes Gain Confidence

November 14, 2014 11:15 am | by Alan Williams, University of Plymouth | News | Comments

Social robots are helping diabetic children accept the nature of their condition and become more confident about their futures, scientists have announced following a four-and-a-half year research study ...       

UCF Students Design 3D-Printed Robotic Arm for Child

November 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Stratasys, a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced that University of Central Florida (UCF) engineering students have developed a robotic arm for 6-year-old Alex Pring, using a Stratasys 3D Printer ...

Cats & Athletes Teach Robots to Fall

November 13, 2014 11:48 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A cat always lands on its feet. At least, that’s how the adage goes. Karen Liu hopes that in the future, this will be true of robots as well. To understand the way feline or human behavior during falls might be applied to robot landings ...

Engineering Newswire 116: Karate Robot Does Crane Kick on Cinder Blocks

November 13, 2014 11:20 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re showing off the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom planes that are stronger than graphene, and doing karate with the Atlas robot ...            

Moving Cameras Talk to Each Other to Identify, Track Pedestrians

November 13, 2014 9:23 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

It’s not uncommon to see cameras mounted on store ceilings, propped up in public places or placed inside subways, buses and even on the dashboards of cars. Cameras record our world down to the second. This can be a powerful ...   

3D-Printing Self-Learning Robots

November 12, 2014 1:34 pm | by University of Oslo | News | Comments

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom. This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and ...

Chains of Particles Serve as Microbot Muscles

November 11, 2014 2:12 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

In a step toward robots smaller than a grain of sand, University of Michigan researchers have shown how chains of self-assembling particles could serve as electrically activated muscles in the tiny machines. So-called microbots would be handy ...

Photos of the Day: NASA's Giant Research Robot

November 11, 2014 9:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

It looks like something out of a "Transformers" movie – a huge robotic arm that moves and spins to pick up massive heads filled with spools of carbon fibers, then moves in preprogrammed patterns to deposit those fibers onto a 40-foot long ...

NASA Installs Giant Composite Material Research Robot

November 11, 2014 9:58 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Langley Research Center is in the process of setting up this advanced composite research capability that engineers are calling ISAAC for Integrated Structural Assembly of Advanced Composites. Just to get ISAAC to the ...   

Makers Fear Nothing

November 7, 2014 9:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

With myriad 3D printers seeking funding on Kickstarter, it is hard to discern what makes each one unique. Calling itself the first “one size fits all” model, the MakerMex stands out with modular add-ons that allows the printer to adapt to ...

Robots Awaken Ghosts in the Lab

November 6, 2014 5:10 pm | by EPFL | Videos | Comments

Ghosts only exist in our minds, and we know precisely where to look for them. Patients suffering from neurological or psychiatric conditions have often reported a strange “feeling of a presence.” EPFL researchers have now succeeded in ...

Shape-Shifting Micro Muscles Will Pump You Up

November 6, 2014 9:57 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

First of their kind, self-assembling particle chains may serve as muscles for futuristic tiny robots. This breakthrough has Michigan Engineers pumped up. They have demonstrated the ability to extend and retract—flex—nanoscale colloidal fibers ...

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