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Engineering Newswire 133: New Rube Goldberg Designs Violin Playing Machine

March 26, 2015 10:24 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re controlling headlights with our eyes, learning how the bench top factory will change our lives, and building kinetic sculptures with the new Rube Goldberg ...

Biomedical Engineer Builds Quirky Moving Sculptures

March 26, 2015 10:14 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Seth R. Goldstein has gone from measuring the forces exerted on the human brain during surgery...

Meet Sawyer, the One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 26, 2015 10:12 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

This week, Rethink Robotics launched Sawyer, a new one-armed robot designed for high-precision...

Photos of the Day: One-Armed Collaborative Robot Performs High-Precision Tasks

March 26, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Humans have been fascinated with robots and automatons for millennia, or, at least, since Talos...

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Bionic Bugs Could Be the Future of Factories

March 25, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Manufacturers of the future could see digital ants and butterflies on the factory floor. In a press conference on March 25, German automation company Festo presented several new technologies designed to ...

Sensor Cable Monitors Fences, Detects Drones

March 25, 2015 2:42 pm | by University Saarland | News | Comments

Fenced-in areas, such as airports, nuclear power stations, industrial sites, or private plots of land, can now be monitored thanks to novel sensor technology that has been developed by a team of experimental physicists, led by Professor ...

Robots on Reins Could Be the 'Eyes' of Firefighters

March 25, 2015 2:31 pm | by Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

Firefighters moving through smoke-filled buildings could save vital seconds and find it easier to identify objects and obstacles, thanks to revolutionary reins that enable robots to act like guide dogs. The small mobile robot - equipped ...


How Do You Punish a Robot?

March 25, 2015 12:49 pm | by Mari Peltonen , University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Who’s responsible if a care robot or another intelligent machine makes a fatal mistake? Cognitive sciences are taking a new look at robotics, from the perspective of moral psychology. Nearly all of us have devices in our pockets, making ...

Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically Useful Nitrogen on Mars

March 25, 2015 10:08 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Nitrogen is essential for all known forms of life, since it is used in the building blocks of larger molecules like DNA and RNA, which encode the genetic instructions for life, and proteins, which are used to build structures like hair and ...

FAA Makes It Easer to Secure Permits to Fly Drones

March 25, 2015 9:16 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal aviation officials, battered by complaints that bureaucratic hurdles are preventing industry from realizing the economic benefits of drones, announced Tuesday they are streamlining rules to expedite permits to fly small drones ...

NASA Rover Opportunity Completes Marathon Milestone on Mars

March 25, 2015 9:02 am | by NASA | News | Comments

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon Tuesday – 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers) – with a finish time of roughly ...

Robotics Startups Named Innorobo Finalists

March 24, 2015 1:14 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Six young robotics companies have been named finalists in the Innorobo Call for Startups 2015. Innorobo, a conference held at the Cité Internationale in Lyon, France, is organized by Innoecho, a business consulting company...


Microscan & Cross Automation to Demo End-of-Line Inspection at Automate 2015

March 20, 2015 5:01 pm | by Microscan | News | Comments

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, will demonstrate an end-of-line inspection using the UR10 Robot and Vision HAWK Smart Camera to inspect a small gasoline motor at Automate 2015 ...

Universal Robots Launches UR3 to Work Alongside Humans

March 20, 2015 4:39 pm | by Universal Robots | News | Comments

Industries worldwide have embraced the collaborative benefits of the user-friendly UR5 and UR10 robots that feature unrivaled performance vs. affordability and can work next to people with no safety guarding. With the new UR3 robot ...  

Amazon Gets FAA Certificate to Experiment with Drones

March 20, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued online retailer Amazon a certificate to experiment with unmanned aircraft for research, development and crew training. The FAA said Thursday that under the provisions of the certificate ...

Robotic Materials Change with World Around Them

March 19, 2015 3:04 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

Prosthetics with a realistic sense of touch. Bridges that detect and repair their own damage. Vehicles with camouflaging capabilities. Advances in materials science, distributed algorithms and manufacturing processes are bringing ...    

Robot Model Provides Insight on Infant Learning

March 19, 2015 2:58 pm | by Indiana University | News | Comments

An Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. The study, conducted by Linda Smith, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and ...


Cyborg Beetles Replace Remote-Controlled Drones

March 18, 2015 2:13 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Breaking new grounds in the future of remote-controlled drone technology, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, has jointly developed a living machine whose flight can be ...    

Photos of the Day: Highlights from South By Southwest

March 18, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A crowd observes an Indago drone demonstration during the Tech Chat: How Drones Can Aid Transportation at the C3 Group's Connected Car Pavilion during the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The Indago can be equipped with a ... 

Household Robots Take Over the Ironing

March 17, 2015 1:46 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Advancements in robotics have enabled humankind to automate a whole range of industrial processes, leading to more efficient and safer production and helping to expand our knowledge through scientific discovery. Why is it, however, that ...

Data Privacy, Artificial Intelligence & Mind Clones

March 17, 2015 10:26 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

My first time at South by Southwest (SXSW) and I am happy to report, I survived. I didn’t spend much time in the exhibitor area, but I did sit in on some interesting discussions that highlighted data privacy, artificial intelligence, and ...

Lockheed Solution for Reliable Space Cargo Delivery

March 16, 2015 1:51 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

The technologies behind Lockheed Martin’s proposal for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) program contain three major elements: a reusable space servicing vehicle called Jupiter; a large, versatile cargo container named the ...

Underwater Robot to Assist in Oil-Spill Cleanup

March 16, 2015 12:01 pm | by Virginia Institute of Marine Science | News | Comments

One big challenge facing cleanup crews during an offshore oil spill - such as 2010's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico - is determining just how much oil is involved. Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine ...      

'Iron Man' Presents Boy with Bionic Arm

March 13, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just like Tony "Iron Man" Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is a part-time superhero — at least in the eyes of one seven-year-old boy. In a video posted online Thursday, the actor, dressed as Stark, who becomes Iron Man in the movies, presents ...

Mouser, Imahara Unveil Robotics 'Empowering Innovation Challenge'

March 12, 2015 4:01 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is partnering with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to call on engineers of all levels to join them on a journey to Empower ...

Teaching Programming to Preschoolers

March 12, 2015 10:15 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a system that enables young children to program interactive robots by affixing stickers to laminated sheets of paper. Not only could the system introduce children to programming ... 

Company Pushes for Human-Robot Cooperation

March 12, 2015 10:01 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

While robots are a relatively common sight in large factories, one company in Japan is trying to make it easier for small businesses to use them. Information technology company Fujitsu has launched a new initiative focused on producing ...

ROV Deployed to Assist in Missing Diver Recovery

March 12, 2015 9:57 am | by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (EXW) Timothy Wilson, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs | News | Comments

A Navy remotely operated vehicle (ROV) assisted in the recovery of a civilian diver who went missing at the Blue Hole near Apra Harbor, Guam, on Feb. 28 and March 1. The Guam Fire Department received a call regarding a missing ...       

4 Trends to Look out for at South by Southwest

March 11, 2015 9:04 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Flying cars and a robot petting zoo. Mobile wallets and net neutrality. The most outlandish ideas of the future and tech trends shaping the world today will be in focus as the freewheeling South by Southwest Interactive Festival kicks off Friday ...

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