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February 8, 2017
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NASA Announces Space Robotics Challenge Finalists

Automaton Robotics Space Robots NASA Announces Space Robotics Challenge Finalists By Evan Ackerman Posted 8 Feb 2017 | 15:10 GMT Image: NASA NASA's Valkyrie humanoid robot. Last August, NASA opened the first round of the Space Robotics Challenge. A follow-on to the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the..
February 8, 2017
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Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia

The battery-driven hybrid EEG/EOG-based brain-machine interface. Solid gel electrodes – attached to a noninvasive mesh cap worn on the head – sent measurements of electric brain activity and eye movement to a computer tablet, which then translated these quantities to control signals for the robotic ..
February 8, 2017
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Using simulation tools to optimize soft robotic systems

Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers Simulation is a valuable tool to improve the energy efficiency of machines and it is now being used to analyze and optimize soft robotic systems to increase their utility, as described in an article published in Soft Robotics, a peer-reviewed journal from M..
February 8, 2017
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Rolling robots could soon be making deliveries in Virginia

Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Del. Ron Villanueva, R-Chesapeake, right, speaks with lobbyist, David Catania, during a demonstration of the Starship Technologies robot at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. State lawmakers have partnered with European company Sta..
February 8, 2017
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Development of a hydraulic-driven, high-power artificial muscle

(Left) Demonstration Video : High-Power Hydraulic Artificial Muscle for Tough Robotshttps://youtu.be/a6mRhuR_g-E(Upper Right) Operation example of developed artificial muscle.(Lower Right) Characteristics of developed artificial muscle. Outer diameter: 15 mm, Maximum contraction force: 7 kN (= 700 k..
February 8, 2017
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New wave of robots set to deliver the goods

The goal for Starship Technologies robots is to carry about nine kilograms of goods within a radius of three kilometres for $1 or less The robots of the future will be coming soon, rolling along at a lumbering pace with those goods you just ordered. The six-wheeled, knee-high robots from star..
February 8, 2017
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Transparent hydrogel-based robots can catch and release live fish

“Hydrogels are soft, wet, biocompatible, and can form more friendly interfaces with human organs,” says Xuanhe Zhao, associate professor of mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering at MIT. Credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers at MIT have fabricated transparen..
February 8, 2017
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Advanced robotic bat’s flight characteristics simulates the real thing

The robotic 'bio-bat' demonstrates self-contained autonomous flight by mimicking morphological properties of flexible bat wings. Credit: Cover photo, reprinted with permission from AAAS. Bats have long captured the imaginations of scientists and engineers with their unrivaled agility and m..
February 8, 2017
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Exhibition charts 500 years of evolution of robots

Animatronic baby London 2016, a mechanical human baby with an electronic umbilical cord is displayed, during a press preview for the Robot exhibition held at the Science Museum in London, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The exhibition which shows 500 years of mechanical and robotic advances is open to the pu..
January 23, 2017
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Video Friday: 20-Meter Long Robot Arm, Amazon Drone Delivery, and Mars Rovers in Utah

Automaton Robotics Robot Sensors & Actuators Video Friday: 20-Meter Long Robot Arm, Amazon Drone Delivery, and Mars Rovers in Utah By Evan Ackerman and Erico Guizzo Posted 16 Dec 2016 | 17:50 GMT Image: DFKI via YouTube Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by y..
January 23, 2017
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Artificial Feathers Let Drones Morph Their Wings Like Birds

Automaton Robotics Drones Artificial Feathers Let Drones Morph Their Wings Like Birds By Evan Ackerman Posted 20 Dec 2016 | 16:00 GMT Photo: EPFL Birds have been developing winged flight technology ever since they stole it from the dinosaurs back in 160 million years ago. Early on, top bird aeronaut..
January 23, 2017
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Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines For Signs of Trouble

Automaton Robotics Artificial Intelligence Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines For Signs of Trouble By Jeremy Hsu Posted 27 Dec 2016 | 15:00 GMT Image: 3DSignals Driving your car until it breaks down on the road is never anyone’s favorite way to learn the need for routine maintenance. But preventiv..
January 23, 2017
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Video Friday: Happy Holidays

Automaton Robotics Robot Sensors & Actuators Video Friday: Happy Holidays By Evan Ackerman and Erico Guizzo Posted 23 Dec 2016 | 17:30 GMT Happy Holidays from Evan, Erico, and the rest of the team at IEEE Spectrum. We’re out of calendar events for the year, and next week is our once a year week off,..
January 23, 2017
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Deep Learning AI for NASA Powers Earth Robots

Automaton Robotics Artificial Intelligence Deep Learning AI for NASA Powers Earth Robots By Jeremy Hsu Posted 17 Jan 2017 | 16:40 GMT Image: Neurala Neurala's AI system, which can identify pedestrians, cars, and cyclists in real time, is designed to operate on low-power smartphone chips, withou..
January 23, 2017
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Soft Robot Hugs Your Heart to Keep It Pumping

The Human OS Biomedical Biomedical Devices Soft Robot Hugs Your Heart to Keep It Pumping By Megan Scudellari Posted 18 Jan 2017 | 19:00 GMT Image: Ellen Roche An engineer, a cardiac surgeon, and a graduate student walk into a bar. Three years later, they emerge with a funnel-shaped robot that enfold..