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WPI Robotics Team to Train Firefighting Humanoid Robot

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) professor Dmitry Berenson, PhD has received nearly $600,000 from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop motion planning algorithms for humanoid robots designed to fight fires aboard Navy ships.

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Panasonic Wearable Assist Robots

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Panasonic has developed wearable assist robots equipped with motors that mimic human motion, thereby assisting human body mechanics.

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Squishy Robot Fingers Collect Deep-Sea Coral

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Soft robotic hands with squishy fingers gather deep-sea coral samples more gently than robotic arms, and in places human divers can't reach.

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Greek Coast Guard Enlists Texas A&M’s EMILY

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In an attempt to protect the roughly 2,000 Syrian refugees that arrive on the Greek island of Lesvos every day, the Lesvos Coast Guard has invited Texas A&M University’s Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue to develop the Center's robot, EMILY: the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, as a pilot project.

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Flirtey, First FAA-Approved Urban Drone Delivery

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On March 10, 2016, Australian startup Flirtey made the first FAA-approved urban drone delivery in the US, beating Amazon in the delivery drone race.

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World’s First Robot Farm

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Sustainable veggie producer SPREAD is building the world's first farm run entirely by robots at new facility in Kyoto, set to open in 2017.

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The World’s First Pizza Delivery Robot

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Domino's Pizza in Australia is beta-testing the world's first autonomous pizza delivery robot, DRU.

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MIT’s nuTonomy: Winning the Driverless Race

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nuTonomy Inc., a small MIT spinout that has developed advanced software for autonomous vehicles, announced recently that it had closed a $3.6M seed funding round, with investments from Signal Ventures, Samsung Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and Dr. Steven LaValle. The funding will help support nuTonomy’s continued work …

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Inchworm Inspires Bridge Inspection Robot

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Student researchers at Australia’s University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), have developed the world’s first autonomous climbing robot for steel bridge inspection.

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Soft electronics change the way robots can touch

Soft electronics are changing the way robots can touch. EPFL Scientists have developed a new soft robotic gripper -- made out of rubber and stretchable electrodes -- that can bend and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper, taking robotics to a whole new level. (Photo credit: EPFL Alain Herzog)

Have you ever rubbed a balloon in your hair to make it stick to the wall? This electrostatic stickiness called electroadhesion may change robotics forever. EPFL scientists have invented a new soft gripper that uses electroadhesion: flexible electrode flaps that act like a thumb-index duo. It …

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‘Squishy’ robot fingers aid deep sea exploration

Soft robotic gripper is attached (lower left) to the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) as it is lowered into the Red Sea for a test dive. (Photo credit: Kevin Galloway, Wyss Institute at Harvard University)

During a 2014 talk on his exploration of deep-sea coral reefs, Baruch College marine biologist David Gruber showed a video of clunky robotic hands collecting fragile specimens of coral and sponges from the ocean floor. Harvard engineer and roboticist Robert J. Wood was in the audience …

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One hundred robots that students and researchers can control

For now, the project centers on small robots like these. One day, project leader Magnus Egerstedt imagines creatures of all shapes and sizes will fill a larger Robotarium. (Photo credit: Raftermen Photography)

The Georgia Institute of Technology is building a new lab that will allow roboticists from around the country to conduct experiments remotely. Researchers from other universities, as well as middle and high school students, will schedule experiments, upload their own programming code, watch the robots in …

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Using the Force to Control Tiny Robots

This image shows how two microbots can be independently controlled when operating within a group, an advance aimed at using the tiny machines for applications such as advanced manufacturing and biomedical research. (Photo credit: Purdue University image/David Cappelleri)

Researchers are now able to control individual microrobots, using something likened to mini force fields. Until now it was only possible to control groups of microbots to move generally in unison, said David Cappelleri, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. “The reason we …

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