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Making Emergency Robots Easier to Control

October 30, 2014 1:41 pm | by KTH The Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A method borrowed from video gaming can make remote-controlled emergency response robots easier to use - enabling the operator to focus more on the dangerous situations they face. An international research team is adapting a ...   

Projecting a Robot's Intentions

October 30, 2014 12:52 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT New Office | News | Comments

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT's Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying...

Running Robots of Future May Learn from Birds

October 30, 2014 9:03 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

With an eye toward making better running robots, researchers have made surprising new findings...

Fiber Optic ESTOP & U-Beam Sensors

October 29, 2014 9:30 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MICRONOR has introduced two new inherently safe, fiber optic signaling products for the...

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North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 4:49 pm | by Robotic Industries Association | News | Comments

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. A total of 21,235 robots valued at $1.2 billion were ordered from ...

AI Is Summoning Demons

October 28, 2014 1:19 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at ...   

Customer Service Robots Use 3D Cameras to Scan, Identify Items

October 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The robots dubbed OSHbots look like white columns with two large black screens on either side of them, and wheels to help them move. They are equipped with 3D cameras so they can scan and identify items. And customers can research ...  

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Printing a Winner

October 24, 2014 11:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

With lots of quality submissions, we sifted through piles of STLs to find the winner of an Afinia H480 3D printer. After printing numerous models on our Uprint from Stratasys, we finally determined a winner ...     

A Robot Race on the Moon?

October 24, 2014 11:08 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The space exploration company Astrobotic wants to be your robot’s cheap ticket to the moon. The aerospace innovator is planning to start flying missions there in summer 2016. Its lander-in-development, called Griffin, will have enough ...

Naval Undersea Museum Keyport Hosts STEM Events

October 22, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest | News | Comments

More than 100 West Hills Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy students participated in events built around the concept of STEM held at Naval Undersea Museum Keyport, Washington Oct. 16. The STEM event was a ...   

Students Push Ocean Robotics Envelope in New Global Game

October 22, 2014 9:42 am | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

College students from around the world will have a hand in shaping the future of ocean robotics as they compete in the first Maritime RobotX Challenge, which kicks off this week in Singapore.Fifteen teams from five countries and three ...

HotSpot: The Problem with Electric Cars

October 22, 2014 8:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

After two years of anticipation, the Ubi Wi-Fi connected, voice operated computer is finally available. This computer allows for hands-free voice interaction in homes, and runs Android to take commands and turn them into action. The Ubi uses the..

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iRobot Receives $7.6M Order from U.S. Navy

October 20, 2014 4:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

iRobot Corp., the leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, has received a $7.6 million order from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. The order calls for upgrades and ...

Throwing Star, Brass Knuckle Beer Glass Holder, Among Finalists

October 17, 2014 10:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Earlier this summer, PD&D started a 3D-printing competition when we asked “What Would You Print?” Now, we have our finalists and we took the opportunity to flesh out their designs on our Uprint from Stratasys. Stay tuned as we announce ...

Engineering Update: Mysterious Robot Plane Returns to Earth

October 17, 2014 10:34 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this episode of the Engineering Update: Volvo Gets a New Safety System: Driver assistance technologies are very "in" right now and will probably continue to grow in popularity as both the public and the government push for safer cars ...

Robotic Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

October 15, 2014 4:51 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of ...

Interface Designs Benefit from Specialist Support

October 15, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jayco | News | Comments

Interface design is increasingly impacting the success or failure of electronic products, but a well-designed interface is no easy thing to get right. Given the complexities involved in interface design it is no wonder that today’s product ...

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Solar Robot Keeps Solar Panels Shining

October 15, 2014 1:08 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Solar panels can get filthy, so to keep them clean Stefan Hamminga designed the Scrobby Solar, a panel cleaning robot ...                     

BAAM System Offers Industrial-Sized 3D-Printing

October 15, 2014 12:57 pm | by Cincinnati Incorporated | News | Comments

Cincinnati Incorporated reinvented laser cutting of sheet metal when it introduced the first machine with flying optics and dual pallets in 1986, followed by its high-speed linear motors in 1996. The company is now ...  

Winners Announced for 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards

October 14, 2014 2:24 pm | by AutomationDirect | Automationdirect | News | Comments

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) has announced that AutomationDirect has been named as the Corporate Outreach category winner for the 2014 Georgia ...       

Microrobots Armed with New Force-Sensing System to Probe Cells

October 14, 2014 11:32 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Inexpensive microrobots capable of probing and manipulating individual cells and tissue for biological research and medical applications are closer to reality with the design of a system that senses the minute forces exerted by a ...  

Can We Teach Robots Right from Wrong?

October 14, 2014 10:01 am | by Taylor & Francis Online | News | Comments

From performing surgery and flying planes to babysitting kids and driving cars, today's robots can do it all. With chatbots such as Eugene Goostman recently being hailed as "passing" the Turing test, it appears robots are becoming ...  

Fastening Technology & Bolted/Screwed Joint Design Seminar

October 13, 2014 2:53 pm | by Seminars for Engineers | Events

This two-day seminar was developed to give engineers and other technical personnel current specifications for, and a better understanding of, the complexities of mechanical joining with fasteners. Insufficient guidelines and outdated ...

Photos of the Day: A 'Thoughtful' Ping-Pong Playing Robot

October 13, 2014 10:28 am | by OMRON Corporation | News | Comments

The ping-pong robot developed by OMRON Corporation received the Grand Prix in the Innovation Awards as Selected by U.S. Journalists at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, the biggest exhibit of the latest lT and ...   

Photos of the Day: Giant 3D-Printed Creature Weighs 2,000 Lbs.

October 10, 2014 12:14 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

The team of artists and engineers at Legacy Effects – the studio that created three-dimensional characters for Iron Man, Avatar, Pacific Rim, and RoboCop – had only two weeks to design the giant creature and about six weeks to build ... 

Snakes Provide Insight for Robotics Researchers

October 10, 2014 10:08 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a ...

Bodock the Giant 3D Printed Creature

October 10, 2014 9:33 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printing equipment and materials, teamed up with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Legacy Effects, WIRED, and Condé Nast Entertainment to design, prototype, and manufacture a 14-foot tall creature to ...

The New Family Portrait? 3D-Printed Statue Selfies

October 10, 2014 9:09 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Walk into Eddie DaRoza's office and you'll find two of him there: the actual 32-year-old video producer, and a 5-inch statuette of him. "There are a lot of double takes. It's like a little action figure of myself," the Los Angeles native said ...

Robotic Surgery Produces More Complications, Higher Expense

October 9, 2014 1:41 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University ...

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