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Thumbs-Up for Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

Thumbs-Up for Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

A paralysed 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.   Thanks to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Jan Scheuermann, who has longstanding quadriplegia and has been taking part in the study [...]

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‘Electronic Skin’ Accurately Detects Pressure

‘Electronic Skin’ Accurately Detects Pressure

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, but also what direction it’s coming [...]

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Using Robots to Get More Food from Raw Materials

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? This is one of the questions to which researchers working on the CYCLE project now have the answer.   They have built a fully-functional robot in the lab to [...]

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Robot Control Theory Improves Prosthetic Legs

Robot Control Theory Improves Prosthetic Legs

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk.   In research available online and in an upcoming print issue of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a moving treadmill almost as [...]

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Underwater Robots: ‘Eel-Lectrifying’ Future

Underwater Robots: ‘Eel-Lectrifying’ Future

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged ‘invasion’ had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media.   “Our assessment is that in the inner archipelago there was a [...]

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Printing Self-Learning Robots With 3D Printers

Printing Self-Learning Robots With 3D Printers

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other obstacles.   “In the future, robots must be able to solve tasks in deep mines on distant [...]

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Making Emergency Robots Easier to Control

Making Emergency Robots Easier to Control

A method borrowed from video gaming can make remote-controlled emergency response robots easier to use — enabling the operator to focus more on the dangerous situations they face.   An international research team is adapting a technique known to gamers as “free look control,” to emergency response robots, which will enable the robots to mimic [...]

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Brain Surgery, by Robot, Through the Cheek

Brain Surgery, by Robot, Through the Cheek

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate — invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period.   Five years ago, a team of Vanderbilt engineers wondered: Is it possible to address epileptic seizures in a less invasive [...]

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Power Outage? Robots to the Rescue

Power Outage? Robots to the Rescue

Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count.   Now, Nina Mahmoudian of Michigan Technological University has developed a tabletop model [...]

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Robots Find Tagged Household Objects Easily

Robots Find Tagged Household Objects Easily

Mobile robots could be much more useful in homes, if they could locate people, places and objects. Today’s robots usually see the world with cameras and lasers, which have difficulty reliably recognizing things and can miss objects that are hidden in clutter. A complementary way robots can “sense” what is around them is through the [...]

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