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Restoring a Police Robot is a Family Project

When my son was 12 he told me how much he envies my childhood. I said “What? There was communism, shortages, no human rights…” “Yes, but you’d go to your dad’s shop and make things.

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Using Language to Control a Robot

It’s a familiar scenario to most of us, navigating your way through unfamiliar territory by following the verbal prompts provided by your trusty GPS device. “Turn right on Main Street and then get in the left lane,” says the electronic voice. You activate your signal light, …

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Burger Flipping Robot Brings Cobots to the Kitchen

Robots have been proving themselves everywhere from the assembly line to outer space, yet one important job remained beyond their mechanical grasp until last week. On March 7, 2017 a robot named Flippy took up its post in front of the grill at a fast-food eatery …

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Free Online Robot Training Program Seeks to Build Workforce Skills

ODENSE, Denmark–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Learning how to set up and program a collaborative robot – or cobot – no longer depends on real life access to a robot or a training class. Now everybody with a desire to learn the concepts of cobots can log in to the …

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After the 2016 Election, What Changes for U.S. Robotics?

What does the radically changing political landscape in the United States going into 2017 mean for robotics research, public policy on STEM education, and the workforce? Predicting the future, never an easy enterprise, seems even more difficult in the current political environment. However, in an era …

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You Can Build This Air Hockey Robot

Sure, you have a robot tending to your floors and maybe some rudimentary artificial intelligence is running a few of your household systems, but what about your air hockey table? Are you still partying like it’s 1999 with a human opponent at the other end of …

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DARPA Creating Industry/Government Group for Safe Operation of Space Robotics

(Source: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; issued Nov 29, 2016) Recent technological advances have made the longstanding dream of on-orbit robotic servicing of satellites a near-term possibility. The potential advantages of that unprecedented capability are enormous. Instead of designing their satellites to accommodate the harsh reality …

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RoMeLa’s BALLU Stands Tall – All The Time

The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, RoMeLa, at UCLA, recently shared a video on YouTube of BALLU, a Buoyancy Assisted Lightweight Legged Unit that takes an interesting approach to a problem common to many bi-pedal bots, staying upright. BALLU solves this problem so well, it’s actually incapable …

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Nylon Fibers Could Help Your Robot Flex

Researchers at MIT have recently developed a new way to mimic muscle function and it could have profound implications for robotics. Using highly oriented nylon fibers, shaped in particular way and manipulated through the sequenced application and removal of a heat source, the researchers were able …

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Robot In Germany Controlled From Russia with Unique Interface

DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, recently posted a video documenting the successful remote operation of a robot through an exoskeleton interface at a distance of nearly 4,000 kilometers. In this trial, an operator in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk used the DFKI-designed CAPIO …

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2016 World Educational Robot Championships Held in Shanghai

The 2016 World Educational Robot (WER) Championship was held at the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center, China on November 19 and 20. More than 2,000 top players from nearly 20 countries, who are selected from different levels of WER competitions, took part in this celebration …

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Why Is This Robot Playing with a Rubik’s Cube?

Solving a Rubik’s cube in record-breaking time of .63 seconds isn’t necessarily serious business for semiconductor manufacturer, Infineon. However, the company recently put their technology to work doing just that in a robot on display at the Electronica trade show in Munich, Germany. The machine, named …

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New Research Could Improve Energy Efficiency in Walking Robots

“Can you imagine robots that can harvest all the energy they need from their environment?” That’s the question Dutch researcher, Douwe Dresscher at the University of Twente asks in the video where he introduces the concept of a walking robot that, through solar panels, can harvest …

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