Anatomy of an Intuitive Interface

Chatten Associates Inc. had a simple concept in mind when it began developing its Head Aimed Remote Viewer (HARV) eight years ago. Operators typically control robots remotely by using two different joysticks. One drives the robot; the second moves the...

Fukushima Fallout

Two months after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami devastated northern Japan, leaving some 26,000 people dead and causing apocalyptic damage, workers finally entered the reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The French Nuke-Bot Arsenal

Like Japan, France is heavily reliant on nuclear energy. But unlike Japan, it has a fleet of robots that stand ready to tackle accidents at the country’s 59 nuclear plants. The Group of Robotics Intervention on Accidents (INTRA) is part...

The Age of Cloud Robotics

The Age of Cloud Robotics

Transferring processing-intensive tasks to remote computing clusters will lead to less costly, more versatile robots, able to share information and capabilities with each other's long as they remain connected.