Getting bot responders into shape
Scientists are tackling one of the biggest barriers to the use of robots in emergency response: energy efficiency. They are developing technology that will dramatically improve the endurance of legged robots, helping them operate for long periods while performing the types of locomotion most (...)
[Science daily] Thumbs-up for mind-controlled robotic arm
A paralyzed woman who controlled a robotic arm using just her thoughts has taken another step towards restoring her natural movements by controlling the arm with a range of complex hand movements.
[Science daily] First steps for Hector the robot stick insect
A research team has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk.The robot is called Hector, and its construction is modeled on a stick insect. Inspired by the insect, Hector has passive elastic joints and an ultralight exoskeleton. What makes it unique is that it (...)
[Science daily] Flying robots to aid in inventory management
Standing on top of a ladder several meters high, pad and pen in hand, just to count boxes? Inventories in large warehouses could soon appear quite different and proceed to take flight, in the truest sense of those words: The goal of the InventAIRy Project is to automatically localize and record (...)
[Science daily] Retail robots: The droid at till no 7
The robots taking over the shop floor
[BBC] Retail robots: The droid at till no 7
The robots taking over the shop floor
[BBC News] Early adoption of robotic surgery leads to organ preservation for kidney cancer patients
Researchers found that partial nephrectomy -- the recommended treatment for localized kidney tumors -- was performed more frequently at hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery.
[Science daily] New 'electronic skin' for prosthetics, robotics detects pressure from different directions
Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable 'electronic skin' closely modeled after our own that can detect not just pressure, (...)
[Science daily] Robotic surgery technique to treat previously inoperable head and neck cancer tumors
In a groundbreaking new study, researchers have for the first time advanced a surgical technique performed with the help of a robot to successfully access a previously-unreachable area of the head and neck.
[Science daily] Using robots to get more food from raw materials
Can an industrial robot succeed both at removing the breast fillet from a chicken, and at the same time get more out of the raw materials? Researchers have now built a fully-functional robot in the lab to automate the process of extracting breast fillets from chickens. This is a task normally (...)
[Science daily] Nearly 25% of 'people' viewing online video ads are robots used by fraudsters
Big-name companies being scammed by ‘bot fraudsters’Traffic figures inflated by robots will cost advertisers $6.3bn in 2015 Robot fraudsters account for nearly a quarter of “people” watching online video ads and more than one in 10 display ads, according to the largest investigation to date into (...)
[The Guardian] Engineer applies robot control theory to improve prosthetic legs
New research enables powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. Wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person.
[Science daily] Amazon deploys army of robots in its next gen warehouses
The online mega-retailer on Monday unveiled its new fulfillment centers, which are outfitted with gigantic robotic arms and machines to help prepare customer orders.
[CNN Money] An 'eel-lectrifying' future for autonomous underwater robots
Scientists have developed and built a prototype for an eel-like robotic fish to be operable remotely, small, sophisticated and intelligent enough to operate autonomously underwater. A new form of central pattern generator model is presented, by which the swimming pattern of a real Anguilliform (...)
[Science daily] Theater arts research offers insight for designers, builders of social robots
Researchers have provided insight into human behavior for scientists, engineers who design and build social robots.