Friday, August 18, 2017

Leading Edge Robotic News

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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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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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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Disney’s Hopping Robot is a LEAP Forward

A team of robotics researchers at Disney Research Pittsburgh made news last month when they revealed their untethered hopping robot at the International Symposium on Experimental Robotics in Tokyo. Billed as a “Tigger” robot in the popular technology press, the bouncy bot captured the hearts of …

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Yogi Robot Explores Yellowstone Lake

Earlier this year, Robot magazine introduced readers to the Kickstarter project initiated by the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration (GFOE) to build a robotic underwater exploration vehicle to explore the fascinating geothermal environment beneath the surface of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. We were pleased …

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Man Feels With Robotic Fingers in DARPA Breakthrough

To adequately mimic the function of a human hand and arm, a robotic prosthetic must interface with the wearer’s nervous system in a way that enables the wearer both to control the arm through brain commands and to receive sensory feedback from the limb. DARPA-funded research …

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These Robotic Grippers Have A Soft Touch

Did a robot pack your groceries? The day may not be far off when you’ll be able to answer that question with a yes – or maybe you’d rather just say, “affirmative.” That’s one of the goals engineers at Cambridge, Massachusetts based Soft Robotics seek to …

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