Featured robotics news articles hand picked by RobotConsumer staff

June 8, 2016
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First Surgical Robot from Secretive Startup Auris Cleared for Use

The Human OS Biomedical Biomedical Devices First Surgical Robot from Secretive Startup Auris Cleared for Use Posted 7 Jun 2016 | 21:45 GMT Image: Auris Surgical/U.S. Patent and Trademark Office An artist's rendering (from Auris's patent application) that gives a hint of what the teleoper..
June 7, 2016
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Quadrotors Learning to Surf Urban Winds for Huge Performance Boosts

Automaton Robotics Drones Quadrotors Learning to Surf Urban Winds for Huge Performance Boosts By Evan Ackerman Posted 7 Jun 2016 | 15:35 GMT Photo: MIT Drone inside MIT's wind tunnel. Personally, I don’t believe that urban delivery drones are a.) going to happen anytime soon or b.) even that ..
June 6, 2016
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The robot Thymio is finding its niche in French schools

Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Thymio, the teaching robot designed by EPFL and widely used in French-speaking Switzerland, is now making inroads elsewhere in Europe. In France, it has been incorporated in an important initiative to teach digital sciences in nursery and primary scho..
June 6, 2016
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Valkyrie robot meets the public

Credit: Northeastern University Valkyrie landed at Northeastern on Wednesday, marking the first time that the 6-foot-2-inch, 275-pound humanoid robot has interacted with the public. There was a demo: As part of an hourlong presentation, the robot walked across the carpet in the event spac..
June 3, 2016
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Stanford Class Aims to Seed a Reserve Officers Training Corps for Techies

View From the Valley At Work Education Stanford Class Aims to Seed a Reserve Officers Training Corps for Techies By Tekla S. Perry Posted 3 Jun 2016 | 14:00 GMT Photo: Tekla Perry On Tuesday, I listened to eight teams of Stanford students present their solutions to current national security proble..
June 2, 2016
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Automated robot that scans library shelves using laser mapping and radio tags can ensure no book is misplaced again

An automatic shelf scanning robot can locate missing or out-of-sequence books, even along curved shelves. Credit: A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research Being able to access and download information in an instant is a hallmark of the digital age. But much of the world's knowledge remains betwee..
May 31, 2016
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Asus Zenbo Attempts to Convince Us That We Need a $600 Home Robot

Automaton Robotics Home Robots Asus Zenbo Attempts to Convince Us That We Need a $600 Home Robot By Evan Ackerman Posted 31 May 2016 | 21:45 GMT Image: Asus Joining the small army of social robots about to invade our homes (including Jibo, Buddy, Alpha, to name just a few) is, suddenly, Zenbo, a r..
May 23, 2016
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SoftBank Prepares Humanoid Robot Pepper’s U.S. Debut, Releases Android SDK

Automaton Robotics Humanoid Robots SoftBank Prepares Humanoid Robot Pepper's U.S. Debut, Releases Android SDK By Erico Guizzo Posted 19 May 2016 | 1:00 GMT Photo: SoftBank Robotics Pepper is finally coming to America. Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank said today that its chatty human..
May 16, 2016
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Robot’s in-hand eye maps surroundings, determines hand’s location

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have shown that a camera attached to a robot's hand can rapidly create a 3-D model of its environment and also locate the hand within that 3-D world. Credit: Personal Robotics Lab Before a robot arm can reach into a tight space..