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Get a grip: Baxter demonstrates a simple manufacturing task at Rethink Robotics’ headquarters in Boston. About two months ago, a new employee arrived on the production line at Vanguard Plastics in Southington, Connecticut, a town that was once a hub of U.S. manufacturing but saw many of its factories disappear in the 1960s. The small manufacturer’s new worker, Baxter, is six feet tall, 300 pounds, and a robot. For a hulking machine, Baxter is remarkably expressive. A pair of eyes on the screen that serves as a face stare down as the robot picks up plastic components, look concerned when it makes a mistake, and direct its glance at its next task when one is finished.
6 July 2012 Last updated at 03:58 GMT Experiment footage showing the robotic legs in action - Courtesy Journal of Neural Engineering US experts have developed what they say are the most biologically-accurate robotic legs yet. Writing in the Journal of Neural Engineering, they said the work could help understanding of how babies learn to walk - and spinal-injury treatment. They created a version of the message system that generates the rhythmic muscle signals that control walking.
Robo-One is a robot competition category of bipedal humanoid robots .
The Japan Robo-One competition is coming up this March at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). The Robo-One events focus on bi-ped walking robots, though they often include lots of related technology and unique designs. As you might imagine, many of the robots resemble Gundam or Transformers.
Last month, President Barack Obama announced the National Robotics Initiative , a major program to develop next-generation robots for manufacturing, healthcare, and other areas. The robotics community received the new initiative with enthusiasm, but some observers expressed concern about an expansion in automation, raising a perennial question in robotics: Do robots take people’s jobs?
Last updated: 10/27/2011* Raytheon’s second-generation exoskeleton (XOS 2), essentially a wearable robotics suit, has been named one of the Best Inventions of 2010 by Time Magazine . The suit was unveiled for the first time in September during an event at the company’s Salt Lake City research facility.
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This here is a Japanese engineering project called Skeletonics . This passive exoskeleton doesn’t have any servomechanisms like traditional active exoskeletons. Instead, the engineers went with a series of levers, springs, and pulleys to amplify the movements of their operator.
By Katie Scott, Wired UK