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What Will We Do When the Machines Take Our Place?

August 28, 2014 3:40 pm | by Heather Miller, Line/ Shape/Space | Blogs | Comments

Robots freely roaming Mars? Sure, no problem. Robots taking over Earth? Not so fast ... The common reprise of “robots are stealing our jobs!” isn’t far from reality. Think of the empty Detroit assembly lines or the dwindling number of ...

'Swarmies' Robots Could Scurry, Search Alien Worlds

August 28, 2014 2:30 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and...

Robonaut Gets New Legs as Trio Prepares for Homecoming

August 28, 2014 11:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Robonaut 2 is receiving new legs that will enable it to move inside and outside the space...

Robot Fights Infrastructure Corrosion

August 28, 2014 9:49 am | by Anna Maltsev, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

The robot’s movement is based on Vortex technology, where a type of propeller is attached to the...

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Widespread Adoption of Robot-Assisted Prostatectomy in U.S.

August 26, 2014 9:26 am | by BJU International | News | Comments

A new study reveals that the U.S. has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive than ...

'Robo Brain' Will Teach Robots Everything from the Internet

August 25, 2014 10:57 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Robo Brain – a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources – is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how-to documents and appliance ... 

Engineering Newswire 104: Giant Darts to Probe Mars for Signs of Life

August 21, 2014 10:55 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating the future of armored vehicles, waging robot wars, and throwing giant penetrator probes at Mars ...                

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Delivery by Drone

August 21, 2014 10:40 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT New Office | News | Comments

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve as ...

Cyborg Moth 'Biobots' Could Create Cyberphysical Sensor Network

August 20, 2014 10:07 am | by NC State University | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals moths use to control those muscles. The work opens the door to the ...

Hitchhiking Robot Charms Its Way Across Canada

August 20, 2014 9:29 am | by Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press | News | Comments

He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to the Pacific coast ...

Güdel Introduces Overhead Tracks for Robots

August 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by Güdel | Product Releases | Comments

Güdel has announced Trackmotion TMO – the latest generation in overhead robot tracks. TMO innovations include higher performance and reliability, configurable and scalable designs and reduced lead times. Güdel is the only track ...

Calculations with Nanoscale Smart Particles

August 19, 2014 9:43 am | by Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology | News | Comments

Researchers from the Institute of General Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences and MIPT have made an important step towards creating medical ...    

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3D Printing Politics

August 18, 2014 2:51 pm | by Inside 3D Printing | Events

Policy makers, legal professionals, patent creators, regulatory officials, and 3D printing advocates are encouraged to join us at 3D Printing Politics as we explore recent questions raised about the relationship between creativity, law, and 3D printing ...

International Collaborative Robots Workshop

August 15, 2014 11:35 am | by Robotic Industries Association | Events

On September 30th industry experts will gather in San Jose, California to help users understand the benefits of integrating collaborative robots within their workforce. This one-day event will examine the best use cases for implementing ...

Hitchhiking Robot Travels Across Canada

August 15, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Going my way? A talking robot that's been hitchhiking rides from strangers to travel from Canada's east to west coast is nearing the end of its journey. HitchBOT, a robot created by a team of Ontario-based communications researchers ...  

Photos of the Day: A Self-Organizing Thousand-Robot Swarm

August 14, 2014 3:51 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors ...

Autonomous Kilobots Arrange Themselves into Vast, Complex Shapes

August 14, 2014 3:50 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. “Form a sea star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to ...   

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MIT’s 7 Fingered Robot

August 13, 2014 4:36 pm | by MIT | Videos | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around one's wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb ...      

Graphene-Based Planar Micro-Supercapacitors for On-Chip Energy Storage

August 13, 2014 3:14 pm | by Science China Press | News | Comments

The rapid development of miniaturized portable electronic devices, such as micro-electromechanical systems, microrobots and implantable medical devices, has stimulated intense demand for micro-scale power ...       

Space Station Fix-It Demo Gets Hardware Update

August 13, 2014 10:15 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Who doesn’t love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what’s really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That’s the case with NASA’s fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the ...   

Collision-Free Path Planning

August 11, 2014 5:03 pm | by PD&D Staff | Siemens Plm Software | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens has released KineoWorks 3.0, a software component for collision-free path planning in a range of applications, including robotics, human accessibility studies and ...

Infographic: Battery Drain: How to Stop It

August 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Roaming Technologies | Stmicroelectronics | News | Comments

Despite huge advancements in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Is it ever going to be solved? And, more importantly, what can we do to extend the life of our batteries in the meantime?        

Photos of the Day: Origami Robots Assemble into Complex Shapes

August 8, 2014 9:27 am | by Harvard's Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A team from Harvard's Wyss Institute, Harvard's SEAS, and MIT built an autonomous robot that starts out as a single composite sheet programmed to fold itself into a complex shape and crawl away without any human intervention ...     

Robot Folds Itself Up, Walks Away

August 7, 2014 4:53 pm | by Harvard's Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A team of engineers used little more than paper and Shrinky dinks — the classic children's toy that shrinks when heated — to build a robot that assembles itself into a complex shape in four minutes flat, and crawls away without any human ...

Engineering Newswire 102: Robo-Shipbuilder Suit Gives Workers Superhuman Strength

August 7, 2014 10:33 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re exploring the ocean in a private submarine, translating vibrations into audio signals, and gaining superhuman strength ... with the help of a robotic exoskeleton ...       

Robots to See Through Solid Walls with Wi-Fi

August 7, 2014 9:22 am | by UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Wi-Fi makes all kinds of things possible. We can send and receive messages, make phone calls, browse the Internet, even play games with people who are miles away, all without the cords and wires to tie us down. At UC Santa Barbara, researchers are now using ...

Study: Split Views on Robots' Employment Role

August 6, 2014 5:00 pm | by Connor Radnovich, Associated Press | News | Comments

In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, Americans could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and ...  

Infographic: What Engineers Think About Retirement

August 6, 2014 1:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta & Eileen Whitmore, ECN Magazine | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what engineers had planned for ...    

Rotary Encoders with Integrated Over-Speed

August 6, 2014 10:04 am | by PD&D Staff | Leine&Linde Ab | Product Releases | Comments

Leine & Linde’s 800 rotary encoder series now includes an integrated over-speed capability with programmable switching speeds. By incorporating the relay outputs into the encoder, the additional wiring and enclosure associated with ...

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