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NASA's Rock Climbing Robot Could Tackle Everest With Ease
Unleash the Kraken! Robot octopus learning to swim A prototype octopus robot uses its flexible tentacles to scull through the water Image Gallery (7 images) The octopus is a natural escape artist. It can squeeze its soft body into impossibly tight spaces and often baffles aquarium workers with its ability to break out of tanks. Unleash the Kraken! Robot octopus learning to swim
Sandia Robot Rodeo showcases the latest in bomb defusing robots The seventh annual Western National Robot Rodeo is set to get under way today in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The five-day event is hosted by Sandia National Laboratories, and will feature civilian and military bomb squad teams from across the land. The goal of the 10-event technical challenge is to find the best robot designs for diffusing dangerous situations. The indoor and outdoor challenges change and evolve each year, but typically involve some sort of explosive or hazardous material removal. Sandia National Laboratories is closely linked with the US Energy department. It has a .gov top-level domain, and is a governement-owned facility. Sandia Robot Rodeo showcases the latest in bomb defusing robots
Swiss scientists develop 'cheetah-cub' robot that can run like a cat at 3mph Swiss scientists develop 'cheetah-cub' robot that can run like a cat at 3mph Robot developed by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, LausanneSprings replacing tendons and small motors used in place of musclesFour-legged device can run nearly seven times body length in a second By Mark Duell Published: 21:20 GMT, 17 June 2013 | Updated: 06:23 GMT, 18 June 2013 A robot which can run like a cat at speeds of up to 3mph has been developed by researchers.
The Rollin' Justin robot and his counterpart DESIRE have been busy impressing humans since 2009, but Rollin Justin's latest achievements outshine his trash-tossing past. The German Aerospace Agency-designed robot can now catch objects thrown at him by using a mix of head-mounted cameras, tracking software and his precision-grasping. It's no easy task -- there's a lot that goes into catching a randomly thrown ball. You have to pay attention to the ball's direction and trajectory, rotate your shoulders to prepare for the catch, move your hand to where you think the ball will land, and then grasp at the right moment. And, with his vision, speed and bendable appendages, Rollin' Justin is able to catch not just one but two thrown balls. Rollin' Justin Robot Catches Balls, Makes Coffee Rollin' Justin Robot Catches Balls, Makes Coffee
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When you meet your robot overlord, it may be wearing super-intelligent skin designed by a Stanford researcher--a solar-powered, super-sensitive, chemical-sampling covering that makes your meatbag covering look pathetic. Zhenan Bao is behind the advances, and the recent development centers on a stretchable solar cell system that can expand and shrink along two different axes, making it perfect for incorporation into artificial skin for robots, human prosthetic limbs, or even clothing. Bao's earlier successes with artificial skin have resulted in a highly flexible and durable material, which is part of a flexible organic-chemistry transistor, built on a thin polymer layer. When the skin is subjected to pressure, the current flowing through the transistors is modified as tiny pyramid shapes molded into the polymer layer compress, resulting in a super-sensitive transducer that can apparently detect the pressure from a house-fly's feet.

Robot Skin Can Feel Touch, Sense Chemicals, and Soak Up Solar Power

Robot Skin Can Feel Touch, Sense Chemicals, and Soak Up Solar Power
Actroid F can speak in your place, using webcams to watch and mimic your facial expressions and movements. When you speak with your family over a webcam they may be able to see your face, but they don’t have a real body in the room with which they can interact. Why not give them a creepy robot to to talk to instead? Actroid F Female Telepresence Robot Looks Super Real, Creepy Actroid F Female Telepresence Robot Looks Super Real, Creepy
New Scientist TV: Mini robot helicopters build towers, pyramids or walls Sandrine Ceurstemont, video editor If you want to build a small tower or pyramid, flying robots can now do the heavy lifting for you. Daniel Mellinger and his team from the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a system that allows flying robots to construct just about any structure (see video above). A human only needs to decide on the design before an algorithm takes over to determine where parts should be placed to create it. New Scientist TV: Mini robot helicopters build towers, pyramids or walls
Kinect Hack Makes Robot Mimic Its Master - PCWorld
Video: Robot moves like a senior citizen Today's humanoid robots are able to run, somersault and even dance – now comes a robot that walks like a senior citizen. It leans on objects in its environment for support to help it move around and complete tasks. Robots, and more importantly roboticists, are looking at objects in the wrong way, thinks Sébastien Lengagne of Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba. "Roboticists usually just see objects as obstacles to be avoided," he says "But they can help us." Lengagne and his colleagues are developing a system to allow humanoid robots to use their entire bodies, and any surrounding objects, to help them move around cluttered environments and complete complex balancing tasks without getting stuck or falling over. Robots learn to walk like a senior citizen - tech - 22 December 2010 Robots learn to walk like a senior citizen - tech - 22 December 2010
Someday, This Robot Will Run Faster Than Us All Someday, This Robot Will Run Faster Than Us All @ClearEnigma: agreed. but then again arms, ankles and toes would replicate a normal human, but what about humans with prosthetic legs? They have devices extremely similar to what that robot has for its own legs. Its entirely possible to run with those legs and no arms. @ClearEnigma: Or, better yet, giant swords. Or drills.
Magnetically-guided pill sends pictures from inside the stomach Magnetically-guided pill sends pictures from inside the stomach Siemens Healthcare and Olympus Medical Systems Corporation are collaborating on the development of a technology for a magnetically guided capsule endoscope (MGCE) system (Image: Siemens) Image Gallery (5 images) Stomach examinations may soon become more comfortable and less invasive with the development of a magnetically guided capsule endoscope. Jointly developed by Olympus and Siemens, the capsule is swallowed by the patient and wirelessly transmits high-res, real-time images from inside the stomach while the doctor navigates using a joystick.
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