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Top 10 Robotics Trends of 2011

The past 12 months have been outstanding for our industry, what with market researchers putting forth multibillion dollar forecasts for growth, large companies such as Toyota entering the market in a serious way, and the White House recognizing robotics as...

Personal Rapid Transit: Where the Robot Meets the Road

Personal Rapid Transit: Where the Robot Meets the Road

With most of the world’s major cities held hostage to gridlock and taxpayer reluctance to finance large infrastructure projects, PRT systems represent an extremely enticing alternative. These small autonomous vehicles, sometimes described as pods, are designed to ride on their...

Qbo May Be Short, but Its Head Is in the Cloud

Qbo May Be Short, but Its Head Is in the Cloud

For robot entrepreneur Francisco Paz, a Campus Party held last July was all about pineapples, penguins, and the cloud. At the week-long technology fest in Valencia, Spain, Paz mounted the stage with his company’s flagship creation, the Qbo robot. Before...

The Cocktail Party Effect

The Cocktail Party Effect

Paris Hilton may or may not be aware of this, but when she blocks out all the simultaneous chatter and background noise at a cocktail party to focus on a single speaker in a group, she’s demonstrating an auditory processing...

Robots Down on the Farm

Robots Down on the Farm

A European program sees robot field workers as a way for speedier, more environmentally friendly crop tending and harvesting.

iRobot Receives $11 Million in New Orders from U.S. Army

iRobot Receives $11 Million in New Orders from U.S. Army

iRobot Corp. has received an $11 million order from the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Warren, Michigan for 70 of the company’s model 310 SUGV robots and spares kits. The order is the first under a new two-year requirements contract,...

Holy Sonar, Batman!

Holy Sonar, Batman!

By reverse engineering one of nature’s most impressive sonar processes—bat echolocation—a team of European scientists recently developed a robotic sonar system for a project dubbed ChiRoPing (www.chiroping.org). The project name is an amalgamation of the words ”chiroptera” (an order of mammals...