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Online Robotics Webcast

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently hosted a live webcast robotics convention titled: Robots: An Exhibition of U.S. Automatons from the Leading Edge of Research. The report is a fascinating look at U.S. robotics technologies and involved more than a dozen robots and their designers from across the nation. The webcast is available at the link noted above and is word searchable so that you can quickly find the video segments of greatest interest.

A joint demonstration by researchers from Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, focused on novel forms of legged locomotion.

The robot shown is a small bipedal robot developed at MIT that learns to walk in about 20 minutes. It uses learning technology that enables it to adapt to different types of terrain and that will be potentially useful in applications ranging from prosthetics to robotic exploration. Visit this site and you’ll find an amazing diversity of subjects and technologies.