Open Source, Open Questions
Robots That Can Reveal the Inner Workings of Your Brain
An open source approach might have a comparatively greater impact on the robotics market than the enterprise IT space a decade ago.
(May 21, 2012)
Using a robotic arm guided by a cell-detecting computer algorithm, the team has discovered a way to identify and record neurons in the living mouse brain with better accuracy and speed than a human experimenter, according to MIT News.
(May 10, 2012)
UK Pours $25M Into Robotics R&D
The partnership between the Government and industry is in the form of a working agreement between the EPSRC and an eight-strong group of industry leaders, including BAE Systems, Schlumberger, National Nuclear Laboratory, The UK Space Agency and Sellafield Ltd.
(May 09, 2012)
Renewable Energy & Zero Emissions: How Robots Are Leveraging Fusion Reactors
Fusion reactions promise cheaper, cleaner energy than that provided by conventional nuclear fission reactor facilities. While fission involves splitting elements, fusion works by overcoming certain elements' natural repulsion to fuse them together, releasing huge amounts of kinetic energy in the process.
(May 02, 2012)
Actuators That Mimic Human Muscles Will Revolutionize Robotics
When the scientists apply low levels of direct current, the material generates as much stress as natural muscle can. It can produce 160 megapascals of stress per gram of material, making it stronger than most polymers.
(May 02, 2012)
Revolutionary Battery to Power Marine Robots
A revolutionary battery that exploits the reaction between lithium metal and seawater could soon be powering everything from autonomous submarines to buoys and deep-water sensors.
(April 26, 2012)
Robots May Help Kids with Special Needs
“Robots are always charming to children. The idea that a child in a hospital with issues can stand in front of an object, human or otherwise, and the child would have curiosity about that object was fascinating to me,’’ Ferran says. To test his theory—back in the late 1980s—Ferran and Doornick conducted a psychiatric interview behind a mirror while Seco was in the room with a child. Doornick controlled the robot with his voice, and once the child began to feel at ease, he would slip in the questions Ferran needed addressed.
(April 18, 2012)
The Robots Among Us
An exclusive, year-long Robotics Business Review series “Robots Among Us” tracks the evolution of robots into an ever broader participation with humans. From farming to deep-sea mining to automated transit systems to robot teachers, surgeons and household guardians, to autonomous aircraft, automobiles, freight trains and restaurant wait staff, we’ll report on how these new-age mechanical assistants are slipping into our lives and why—and what they are up to next.
(April 14, 2012)
Inside Robotics with Dan Kara
Debuting this month Dan Kara (The Kara Report: Inside Robotics). Joins us, daily, weekly and monthly throughout the year for an ongoing, eye-opening journey into the next great epoch of the New Industrial Revolution: Robotics. Take Dan along; he’ll show you every step of the way. You’ll be glad you did.
(March 04, 2012)
Latest Trends in the North American Consumer Robotics Market
Emerging from difficult economic times, the consumer robotics industry is back on track. This extensive Robotics Trends research report on the North American market reveals what buyers want now and in the years ahead.
(February 29, 2012)
Robotics Tackles Neurosurgery
Notwithstanding, with government approval taking three to five years, if not longer, getting a medical robot to market remains a challenge. Succeeding in the market once you get there is yet another matter. Medical robots remain extremely big investments for hospitals, with prices of $1 million to $2 million not uncommon for advanced systems.
(February 14, 2012)
Robotics Breakthrough: WAM Arms!
The Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), of Japan, has created the world’s first robot system that learns to clothe elderly and physically disabled people. Leveraging the concept of “skills transfer” from a human caregiver to a robot, “reinforcement learning” takes place in minutes, gracefully adapting to the individual size and shape of the person being dressed.
(February 14, 2012)
EPSON Robots Announces New, Low Cost Smart Cameras
EPSON Robots, the global leader in PC controlled, precision robots introduced today EPSON Smart Cameras, a new low cost, high performance vision guidance solution for our Micro Power Drive Controllers. EPSON Smart Cameras provide the ultimate experience in ease of use, compact size, and reliability at incredible new value based prices. Combined with the EPSON Micro Power Drive and EPSON Robots, EPSON Smart Cameras create a new class of vision guidance solutions by combining high performance with low price.
(February 09, 2012)
Mining the Seafloor with Robots
Gold, rare earth elements, and other sea riches could sustain humanity for centuries, while providing enormous opportunities for robotics developers.
(February 01, 2012)