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Robotics Integrated With Human Body In Near Future? Technology Gulf Between 'Have' And 'Have Nots' Predicted By 2020   Fri, 05 Dec 2008 00:00:00 EST

What is the potential future impact of robots on society? New conclusions show that the enormous automation capacity of robots and their ability to interact with humans will cause a technological imbalance over the next 12 years between those who have them and those who do not. One significant area of research may well result in the insertion of robots into our bodies, such as intelligent implants in the brain, which will improve our rational thought, and nanorobots to be released into the blood to clean our arteries.
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Robot That Jumps Like A Grasshopper And Rolls Like A Ball Created For Space Exploration   Thu, 04 Dec 2008 14:00:00 EST

The first robot that can jump like a grasshopper and roll like a ball could play a key role in future space exploration. The 'Jollbot' is shaped like a spherical cage which can roll in any direction, giving it the maneuverability of wheels without the problem of overturning or getting stuck in potholes.
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Rescue Robot Exercise Brings Together Robots, Developers, First Responders   Wed, 03 Dec 2008 17:00:00 EST

NIST held a rescue robot exercise recently in Texas in which about three dozen robots were tested by developers and first responders in order to develop a standard suite of performance tests to help evaluate candidate mechanical rescuers.
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Robots Created That Develop And Display Emotions And Become Attached To Certain People   Tue, 25 Nov 2008 11:00:00 EST

New robots develop and display emotions as they interact with humans, and become attached to them.
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Prototyping With Industrial Robots   Fri, 14 Nov 2008 17:00:00 EST

A shipping company must exercise patience whenever it needs a new a ship's propeller: its production is time consuming because a foundry workers must first fashion a model and a mold based on it. Industrial robots will support them in the future.
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Robots Show That Brain Activity Is Linked To Time As Well As Space   Fri, 07 Nov 2008 23:00:00 EST

Humanoid robots have been used to show that that functional hierarchy in the brain is linked to time as well as space. Researchers in Japan have created a new type of neural network model which adds to the previous literature that suggests neural activity is linked solely to spatial hierarchy within the animal brain.
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Robotic Technology Takes Inspiration From Service Dogs   Tue, 28 Oct 2008 20:00:00 EDT

Service dogs, invaluable companions providing assistance to physically impaired individuals, are an elite and desired breed. Their presence in a home can make everyday tasks that are difficult - if not impossible - achievable, enhancing the quality of life for the disabled. Yet with a cost averaging $16,000 per dog -- not to mention the two years of training required to hone these skills -- the demand for these canines' exceeds their availability.
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Portable Industrial Robot Designed For Aircraft Assembly   Tue, 07 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDT

New lightweight and portable robot is designed to perforate holes in large-scale aeronautic components, such as aircraft wing spars, during their assembly stage. The main innovation that the robot brings is its mobility – enabling the aircraft component being worked on to be fixed to its tool holder while the robot moves over the part.
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Your Robotic Friend, The Humanoid Robot   Wed, 01 Oct 2008 08:00:00 EDT

Robots can take any shape or form and with the explosion in European research and development for every imaginable robot application, there are dozens of completely different designs. Why, then, do we remain fascinated by humanoid robots?
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A Robot In Every Home?   Tue, 30 Sep 2008 02:00:00 EDT

Observers like Bill Gates believe that by 2025 we could have robots in every home. In labs across Europe, researchers are creating designs that could become the robo-butler of the future.
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Do No Harm To Humans: Real-life Robots Obey Asimov’s Laws   Tue, 09 Sep 2008 14:00:00 EDT

Researchers have developed technology enabling robots to obey Asimov’s golden rules of robotics: to do no harm to humans and to obey them.
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Robots Learn To Predict Where Their Leader Is Going, And Follow Along   Fri, 29 Aug 2008 11:00:00 EDT

Researchers have come up with a control system that allows a robot to pick up on cues that the leader is about to turn, predict where it is going and follow it.
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Diseased Kidney Surgically Removed Using 3-D Robotics Through Single Incision   Mon, 25 Aug 2008 17:00:00 EDT

For the first time in Michigan, a diseased kidney has been surgically removed at Henry Ford Hospital using highly sophisticated 3-D robotics through a single incision.
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Urologists Report Success Using Robot-assisted Surgery For Urinary Abnormality   Tue, 19 Aug 2008 14:00:00 EDT

Urologic surgeon have reported success using robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery to repair abnormal openings between the bladder and vagina known as fistulas. This type of fistula can result in frequent urinary tract infections and the leakage of urine from the vagina and can be mistaken for continence.
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Why The Slow-Paced World Could Make It Difficult To Catch A Ball   Wed, 06 Aug 2008 20:00:00 EDT

Researchers have uncovered new information about how we perceive fast moving, incoming objects -- such as tennis or cricket balls. The new research studies why the human brain has difficulty perceiving fast moving objects coming from straight ahead; something that should be a key survival skill. This has implications for understanding how sportspeople make decisions about playing a shot but could also be important for improving road safety and for the development of robotic vision systems.
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Mobile Phone Technology Brings Robot Swarm To Research Labs   Wed, 06 Aug 2008 17:00:00 EDT

A new low cost platform for swarm robotics research which makes it possible to produce robots for as little as £24 each is being presented at the first European conference on Artificial Life.
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Military Use Of Robots Increases   Tue, 05 Aug 2008 11:00:00 EDT

Robots in the military are no longer the stuff of science fiction. They have left the movie screen and entered the battlefield. Researchers report that the military goal is to have approximately 30% of the army be robotic forces by somewhere around 2020.
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Mapping Out Future Of Intelligent Robots   Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:00:00 EDT

The field of robotics could be poised for a breakthrough, leading to a new generation of intelligent machines capable of taking on multiple tasks and moving out of the factory into the home and general workplace. The great success of robots so far has been in automating repetitive tasks in process control and assembly, yielding dramatic cuts in production, but the next step towards cognition and more human-like behaviour has proved elusive. It has been difficult to make robots that can truly learn and adapt to unexpected situations in the way humans can, while it has been equally challenging trying to develop a machine capable of moving smoothly like any animal. There is still no robot capable of walking properly without jerky slightly unbalanced movements.
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Emotional Robots: Software Empowers Robots To Learn When A Person Is Sad, Happy Or Angry   Mon, 28 Jul 2008 08:00:00 EDT

A robot with empathy sounds like the stuff of sci-fi movies, but with the aid of neural networks researchers are developing robots in tune with our emotions. Feelix Growing is developing software empowering robots that can learn when a person is sad, happy or angry.
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Meet Robo Habilis: Robot Has Human-like Hand Controlled By 'Brain' Modeled After Human Cerebellum   Sun, 27 Jul 2008 20:00:00 EDT

The dream of human-like robots is a step closer to reality with the recent creation of a human-like arm and hand controlled by an electronic 'brain' modeled on the human cerebellum.
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New Generation Of Home Robots Have Gentle Touch   Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:00:00 EDT

Who doesn't long for household help at times? Service robots will soon be able to relieve us of heavy, dirty, monotonous or irksome tasks. Research scientists have now presented a new generation of household robots, the "Care-O-bot 3."
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Do We Think That Machines Can Think?   Wed, 09 Jul 2008 20:00:00 EDT

When our PC goes on strike again we tend to curse it as if it was a human. The question is why and under what circumstances do we attribute human-like properties to machines and how are such processes manifest on a cortical level.
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Computer Scientist Turns His Face Into A Remote Control That Speeds And Slows Video Playback   Thu, 26 Jun 2008 20:00:00 EDT

A computer science Ph.D. student can turn his face into a remote control that speeds and slows video playback. The proof-of-concept demonstration is part of a larger project to use automated facial expression recognition to make robots more effective teachers.
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Tartalo The Robot Is Knocking On Your Door   Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:00:00 EDT

A research team is devising a robot that can get around by itself. Tartalo is able to identify different places and ask permission before going through a doorway.
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Tests Check Out Rescue Robots' Life-saving Vision   Thu, 12 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

A new systematic way to evaluate the robot visual capability humans need to drive the device, search for victims and access general hazard conditions, has been developed
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School Of Robofish Communicate With Each Other In Underwater Robot Teams   Mon, 09 Jun 2008 08:00:00 EDT

Most ocean robots have to talk to scientists or satellites to share information. A new school of robotic fish communicate directly, allowing them to work cooperatively without coming to the surface.
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Hands On Learning For The Visually Impaired   Mon, 09 Jun 2008 02:00:00 EDT

European researchers have made it easy for software developers to build educational tools that let pupils collaborate to see, hear -- and now also feel -- what is on the computer screen. When you think of the solar system you probably picture a textbook diagram: nine planets, different sizes and colors, all circling the bright yellow sun. But how can a visually impaired child take in this information? How can they grasp how the solar system works?
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Mobile Robotic Arm Taught To Manipulate Objects Such As Scissors And Shears   Wed, 04 Jun 2008 17:00:00 EDT

Movies portray robots that can move through the world as easily as humans, and use their hands to operate everything from dishwashers to computers with ease. But in reality, the creation of robots with these skills remains a major challenge. Researchers are solving this problem by giving a mobile robotic arm the ability to "see" its environment through a digital camera.
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Grasshopper-Inspired Jumping Microrobot Can Make Staggering Leaps   Thu, 22 May 2008 20:00:00 EDT

Researchers from the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL are unveiling a novel, grasshopper-inspired jumping robot at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The robot weighs a minuscule 7 grams, and can jump 1.4 meters, or more than 27 times its body size -- ten times farther for its size and weight than any existing jumping robot.
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New Robot Walks Like A Human   Thu, 22 May 2008 14:00:00 EDT

A new, highly-advanced walking robot, named Flame, has just been developed. If you try to teach a robot to walk, you will discover just how complex an activity it is. Walking robots have been around since the seventies but their movement is just not that human-like. The way humans walk is really very similar to falling forward in a controlled fashion.
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Scientists Aim To Unlock Deep-sea 'Secrets' Of Earth's Crust   Mon, 19 May 2008 08:00:00 EDT

Scientists will use robots to explore the depths of the Atlantic Ocean to study the growth of underwater volcanoes that build the Earth's crust. During the five-week expedition they will use explorer robots to map individual volcanoes on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge tectonic plate boundary -- which effectively runs down the centre of the Atlantic Ocean - almost two miles (3km) below the surface of the sea.
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Precision Control Of Movement In Robots   Sat, 17 May 2008 20:00:00 EDT

Scientists are investigating the characteristics of various types of materials for their use in the generation and measurement of precise movements. When the arms of a robot move to pick up an egg or an electric lamp, the greatest precision possible is essential. To this end, advances in the science and technology of materials have provided the design and control of systems equipped with sensors and actuators built with new materials.
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Designing Bug Perception Into Robots   Tue, 13 May 2008 23:00:00 EDT

Insects have provided the inspiration for a team of European researchers seeking to improve the functionality of robots and robotic tools. The research furthers the development of more intelligent robots, which can then be used by industry, and by emergency and security services, among others. Smarter robots would be better able to find humans buried beneath the rubble of a collapsed building, for example.
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Piecing Together The Next Generation Of Cognitive Robots   Fri, 09 May 2008 14:00:00 EDT

European researchers are making progress on piecing together a new generation of machines that are more aware of their environment and better able to interact with humans. While building robots with anything akin to human intelligence remains a far off vision, making them more responsive would allow them to be used in a greater variety of sophisticated tasks in the manufacturing and service sectors. Such robots could be used as home helpers and caregivers, for example.
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Next Step In Robot Development Is Child's Play   Sat, 26 Apr 2008 14:00:00 EDT

Teaching robots to understand enough about the real world to allow them act independently has proved to be much more difficult than first thought. The team behind the iCub robot believes it, like children, will learn best from its own experiences. The technologies developed on the iCub platform -- such as grasping, locomotion, interaction, and even language-action association -- are of great relevance to further advances in the field of industrial service robotics.
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'What Can I, Robot, Do With That?'   Tue, 22 Apr 2008 23:00:00 EDT

A new approach to robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to a revolution in the field by shifting the focus from what a thing is to how it can be used. Identifying what a robot is looking at is a key approach of AI and machine cognition. So far ambitious researchers have managed to teach a computer's vision system to recognize up to 100 objects. Granted, this is a huge achievement, yet far short of an "I, Robot" scenario.
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New Robots Can Provide Elder Care For Aging Baby Boomers   Mon, 21 Apr 2008 23:00:00 EDT

Over 77 million baby boomers will retire in the next 30 years, and robots are ready to assist with elder care. Engineers have created a robotic assistant that can recognize medical emergencies and call 911, remind clients to take their medication, help with grocery shopping and cleaning and allow retirees to communicate with loved ones.
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Cornell Robot Sets A Record For Distance Walking   Sat, 12 Apr 2008 08:00:00 EDT

We're not sure what brand of batteries it was using, but the Cornell Ranger robot just kept going and going April 3 when it set an unofficial world record by walking nonstop for 45 laps -- a little over 9 kilometers or 5.6 miles -- around the Barton Hall running track. The robot walked (and walked) until it finally stopped and fell backward, perhaps because its battery ran down.
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Soccer Robots Compete For The Title   Fri, 04 Apr 2008 11:00:00 EDT

Robot soccer is an ambitious high-tech competition for universities, research institutes and industry. Several major tournaments are planned for 2008, the biggest of which is the 'RoboCup German Open.' 80 teams of researchers from more than 15 countries are expected to face off.
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New Breed Of Cognitive Robot Is A Lot Like A Puppy   Mon, 31 Mar 2008 23:00:00 EDT

Designers of artificial cognitive systems have tended to adopt one of two approaches to building robots that can think for themselves: classical rule-based artificial intelligence or artificial neural networks. Both have advantages and disadvantages, and combining the two offers the best of both worlds, say researchers who have developed a new breed of cognitive, learning robot that goes beyond the state of the art.
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Robotic Minds Think Alike?   Mon, 31 Mar 2008 14:00:00 EDT

Most schoolchildren struggle to learn geometry, but they are still able to catch a ball without first calculating its parabola. Why should robots be any different? Researchers have developed an artificial cognitive system that learns from experience and observation rather than relying on predefined rules and models.
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Robot Fetches Objects With Just A Point And A Click   Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:00:00 EDT

Researchers have created a robot, designed to help users with limited mobility with everyday tasks, that moves autonomously to an item selected with a green laser pointer, picks up the item and then delivers it to the user, another person or a selected location such as a table. The new robotic communication method may help robots find their way into the home sooner.
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First Humanoid Robot That Will Develop Language May Be Coming Soon   Tue, 04 Mar 2008 23:00:00 EST

iCub, a one metre-high baby robot which will be used to study how a robot could quickly pick up language skills, will be available next year. ITALK aims to teach the robot to speak by employing the same methods used by parents to teach their children. Robotics specialists will conduct experiments in human and robot language interaction to enable the robot to converse with humans.
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Choice Of Robot Companion Depends On Personality Type   Thu, 28 Feb 2008 14:00:00 EST

The type of robot chosen as a personal companion depends very much on their personality type. People with more extrovert personalities tend to choose more humanoid robots, which have a greater resemblance to humans, with facial features and a human-like voice, whereas more introverted people tend to prefer mechanical-looking robots, more like a box on wheels with a metal head.
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Killer Military Robots Pose Latest Threat To Humanity, Robotics Expert Warns   Thu, 28 Feb 2008 08:00:00 EST

A robotics expert has issued stark warnings over the threat posed to humanity by new robot weapons being developed by powers worldwide. He expressed concerns that we are beginning to see the first steps towards an international robot arms race. He will warn that it may not be long before robots become a standard terrorist weapon to replace the suicide bomber.
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Doggie Robot Eases Loneliness In Nursing Home Residents As Well As Real Dog, Study Finds   Tue, 26 Feb 2008 08:00:00 EST

A doggie robot works about as well as a real pooch in making nursing home residents feel less lonely, a new study finds. The researchers compared how residents of three nursing homes interacted with Sparky, a living, medium-sized gentle mutt, and Aibo, a doggie robot once manufactured by Sony that looks like a three-dimensional cartoon.
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New Robotics Will Soon Revolutionize Industry And Services World   Wed, 30 Jan 2008 02:00:00 EST

In the past few years industrial processes have monopolized practically all robotic developments and applications. However, the current tendency is marked by new robotics which will have a great impact in various spheres -- from the industrial to services and including entertainment and care assistance for persons, amongst other applications.
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New Robotics Challenge Aims To Develop Friendly Highly Autonomous Robots   Fri, 25 Jan 2008 17:00:00 EST

The "ROBAUCO: mobile, autonomous and collaborative robots" project was recently initiated. The principal objective of the project is the generation of the technologies necessary for the development of mobile robots able to carry out complex tasks with a high degree of autonomy and capacity for collaboration. These robots, moreover, have to share tasks with people in the most friendly and natural way possible.
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