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New RFID Tech Helps Robots Find Household Objects

September 22, 2014 10:57 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Mobile robots could be much more useful in homes, if they could locate people, places and objects. Today's robots usually see the world with cameras and lasers, which have difficulty reliably recognizing things and can miss objects that ...

Clinical Trial Begins for MRI-Compatible Robot

September 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Worcester Polytechnic Institute | News | Comments

A novel robotic system that can operate inside the bore of an MRI scanner is currently being...

Astronauts Getting 3D Printer at Space Station

September 19, 2014 5:37 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space. NASA is sending a 3-D printer to the...

GE Affiliate to Use Crowdsourcing, 3D Printing to Invent Next Gen Home Appliances

September 19, 2014 4:28 pm | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd has announced its partnership with FirstBuild, a GE affiliate. The partnership...

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Engineering Update: A Cheap 3D-Printed Drone

September 19, 2014 2:04 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of the Engineering Update:  A Cheap 3D-Printed Drone:  Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a ...

Soft Robotics Toolkit Features Everything a Robot-Maker Needs

September 19, 2014 1:22 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate ...

Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot Unprecedented Dexterity

September 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called ...

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'Honeybee' Robots Replicate Swarm Behavior

September 18, 2014 12:48 pm | by University of Lincoln | News | Comments

Computer scientists have created a low-cost, autonomous micro-robot which in large numbers can replicate the behavior of swarming honeybees. Colias - named after a genus of butterfly - is an open-platform system that can be ...

Engineering Newswire 108: The World's 'First' 3D-Printed Car

September 18, 2014 11:02 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing the office of the future, bounding untethered in the great outdoors, and 3D printing the worlds first, or second printed car ...            

Flying Robots Will Go Where Humans Can't

September 17, 2014 2:46 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

There are many situations where it's impossible, complicated or too time-consuming for humans to enter and carry out operations. Think of contaminated areas following a nuclear accident, or the need to erect structures such as antennae on ...

Exploring 'Graveyard of Ships' with a Remote-Controlled Underwater Vehicle

September 17, 2014 10:16 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks ...     

Photos of the Day: Undersea Robot Explores Ship Graveyard

September 17, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

During a five-day expedition, a team from NOAA used sonar and an underwater vehicle to examine and photograph the historic shipwrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, where more than 300 vessels are believed to have sunk ...

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Computerized Emotion Detector

September 17, 2014 9:49 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the ... 

International Collaborative Robots Workshop

September 16, 2014 1:59 pm | by Robotic Industries Association | Events

Collaborative Robots, or robots that work side by side with humans without being caged in, are one of the newest trends in the robotics industry. The RIA International Collaborative Robots Workshop will examine all of the key issues in a fast-paced ...

Will Tomorrow's Robots Move Like Snakes?

September 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

Over the last few years, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have developed biologically inspired robots designed to fly like falcons, perch like pigeons, and swim like swordfish ...    

The History of 3D Printing

September 16, 2014 9:28 am | by Dana Goldberg, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

What’s 30 years old but looks brand new? Believe it or not, it’s 3D printing. Yep, additive manufacturing technology has been around since the Reagan era. Here’s a brief tour through the history of 3D printing ...     

Photos of the Day: Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 11:46 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than ...

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Lockheed Martin Designs the Superhuman Workers of Tomorrow

September 15, 2014 10:43 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today. A press release from Lockheed Martin indicates that the U.S. Navy will begin ...

Engineering Update: 'Robocouch' Powered By Electric Motors

September 12, 2014 1:06 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this special 75th episode of the Engineering Update:  New tests done at Eglin Air Force Base by Boeing and the Army revealed that the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator is still usable in conditions that would normally render lasers ...

Project Wing: Google’s Delivery-Drone Service

September 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

Friends and colleagues were aware, at some level, that Nick Roy, a researcher in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), had been using his sabbatical to take on some sort of robotics-related ...   

Photos of the Day: The First Untethered Soft Robot

September 12, 2014 10:20 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A team of researchers was able to scale up earlier soft-robot designs, enabling a single robot to carry on its back all the equipment it needs to operate — micro-compressors, control systems, and batteries ...      

Cutting the Cord on Soft Robots

September 12, 2014 9:18 am | by Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff Writer | News | Comments

When it comes to soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord. Developers from Harvard’s School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have produced the first untethered ...

Engineering Newswire 107: Boeing's Laser Targets Mortars, UAVs

September 11, 2014 3:49 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’ve filming with autonomous drones, seeing through walls and skin with night-vision goggles, and testing Boeing’s High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator ...          

IoT, Robotic Manufacturing & the End of the World

September 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area ...

ABB IRB 1200 Robot for Material Handling

September 10, 2014 9:46 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 1200, a new family of small robots that features a compact footprint and a large work envelope, providing short cycle times to a range of material handling, machine tending and small parts assembly ...

Social Robots to Work With Humans Within Rules

September 9, 2014 11:30 am | by AP / Powered by NewsLook.com | Videos | Comments

The next generation of social robots will act within social rules attached to its role and impact the way humans interact with each other. The field is actually called cognitive robotics ...          

You Won’t Be Replaced By a Robot

September 8, 2014 12:44 pm | by Steve Tally, Purdue University | News | Comments

Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics mean that machines will soon be able to do many of the tasks of today's workers. And not just blue collar jobs in areas such as manufacturing, but even in such white collar occupations as ...

Chuck Hull, Inventor of 3D Printing, Founder of 3D Systems, Honored for Production Engineering

September 4, 2014 1:15 pm | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

The General Pierre Nicolau Award, named after CIRP's founder, is given annually "in recognition of significant and distinguished scientific and industrial contributions to a specific area within the field of production engineering encompassed by ...

Lockheed Martin's Factory of the Future

September 3, 2014 3:56 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Videos | Comments

Imagine a world where we can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life. Through additive manufacturing or 3D printing, we are bringing people closer to products and solving challenges in ...

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