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Revolutionary Battery to Power Marine Robots

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.

Toward a World Wide Web for Robots

Toward a World Wide Web for Robots

As one of its first demonstrators, RoboEarth has shown that robots with different hardware can share maps. Another demonstrator allowed a complex service robot to download hardware-independent object models from the RoboEarth database and use them for perception and manipulation....

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...

BlueBotics Leads and Succeeds with ANT

The mission statement for BlueBotics SA, a 2001 spin-off from the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, reads, “to market innovative and promising mobile robotics technologies.” The company has made good on...

Mobile Robot Power Solutions: Drivers for Development

Once cell phones became small enough to easily fit into a pocket, the market for them exploded. One key enabler was battery technology, which will also play a critical role in the growth of the mobile robotics market. The demand...

Maxon Motors Microdrives Certified as Surgical Implants

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By passing the demanding ISO 13485 certification test, Maxon Motors’ microdrives are good enough for implantation in humans. Maxon Medical announced that it achieved in December an international certification that confirms the reliability of its microdrives. The company which is...