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Kids and robots learn to write together
Who is the teacher: the student or the machine? By showing a robot how to write letters, children improve their writing skills and gain self-confidence.
[Science daily]

Robots for stroke rehabilitation
A prototype of a robotic glove has been developed which stroke suffers can use in their own home to support rehabilitation and personal independence in receiving therapies. At the chronic stages of stroke, patients are not likely to be receiving treatment but they continue to live with some (...)
[Science daily]

VIDEO: The robot that can play the violin
A retired engineer in the USA has created a 'kinetic sculpture' that can replicate digital files and play them on a violin.
[BBC]

Float like a mosquito: Mechanical logic may inspire aquatic robots, better boats
By examining the forces that the segments of mosquito legs generate against a water surface, researchers have unraveled the mechanical logic that allows the mosquitoes to walk on water, which may help in the design of biomimetic structures, such as aquatic robots and small (...)
[Science daily]

The better to see you with: Prosthetic leg would keep an eye on path ahead
A mechanical engineer and his team have developed a computer-controlled camera that enables their robotic ankle to see where it is going.
[Science daily]

Robear: the bear-shaped nursing robot who'll look after you when you get old
Japanese robot can lift patients from beds into wheelchairs or help them to stand up, promising ‘powerful yet gentle care’ for the elderly A number of companies have explored the idea of humanoid robots as future home-helpers for elderly people. The latest experiment from Japan is distinctly more (...)
[The Guardian]

Machine learns to play video games
A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.
[BBC News]

Bionic reconstruction lets patients use a robotic prosthetic hand controlled by the mind
Three Austrian men have become the first in the world to undergo a new technique called "bionic reconstruction", enabling them to use a robotic prosthetic hand controlled by their mind, according to new research. All three men suffered for many years with brachial plexus injuries and poor hand (...)
[Science daily]

"It's kind of cheesy being green"
This spontaneous anti-green-bubble brigade is an interesting example of how sometimes very subtle product decisions in technology influence the way culture works. Apple uses a soothing, on-brand blue for messages in its own texting platform, and a green akin to that of the Android robot logo (...)
[OSNews]

Meet Spot the dog, Boston Dynamics' cutest robot yet
Size of a family pet, new bot is seen climbing steps, running and scrambling up and down a steep slope Continue reading...
[The Guardian]

Samsung creates drone, robotics and virtual reality lab
Research group will be part of South Korean company’s drive to make Internet of Things a reality Related: UK’s most advanced drone lab to be built at Imperial College London Samsung has set up a new research lab concentrating on drones, robotics, 3D printing and virtual reality. Related: (...)
[The Guardian]

Drone waiters to plug Singapore's service staff gap
The BBC's Tessa Wong takes a look at a new way of solving Singapore's service staff shortage - flying robot waiters.
[BBC]

Human insights inspire solutions for household robots
People typically consider doing the laundry to be a boring chore. But laundry is far from boring for artificial intelligence researchers. To AI experts, programming a robot to do the laundry represents a challenging planning problem because current sensing and manipulation technology is not (...)
[Science daily]

Prototype of a robotic system with emotion and memory
Researchers have developed a prototype of a social robot which supports independent living for the elderly, working in partnership with their relatives or carers. 
[Science daily]

Octopus robot makes waves with ultra-fast propulsion
Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in human-made underwater vehicles. Most fast aquatic animals are sleek and slender to help them move easily through the water but cephalopods, such as the (...)
[Science daily]

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