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Tiny Swimming Robots Could Be Modeled After Spiral-shaped Bacteria

Spiroplasma is a type of spiral-shaped bacteria that travels in a corkscrew type motion. It accomplishes this motion by sending kinks down the spiral of its cell structure. And, it turns out this method of propulsion is very efficient. Essentially,...

Syndicated 2009-12-22 05:33:23 from RobotNext

Robotic Bees Could Save Crops

In September, I posted a Weekly Newswrap with a story about robo-bees. Now comes this story about robot bees that could help save agriculture from the coming disaster caused by the mysterious bee plague. This is the disease that has...

Syndicated 2009-12-18 18:07:50 from RobotNext

Delhi Police Consider Armed Robot for Anti-Terror Role

Military units have used armed robots for many years in their operations, but now a civilian police force in Delhi, India is considering the purchase of one or more of these bots. No final decisions have been made on this,...

Syndicated 2009-12-17 04:44:44 from RobotNext

Snakebot For Your Heart

A snakebot is being prepared to carry-out cardiac surgery by a team of doctors at Cardiorobotics. Their version of the snakebot is known are ARM or Articulated Robotic Medprobe. It is a teleoperated robot consisting of a series of links....

Syndicated 2009-12-16 05:40:41 from RobotNext

The Next Robots Will Go for the SLAM

In a future mission to a planet, a robot may need to find its way around without the benefit of prior knowledge of the surface. Robots in these situations will need to use a process called SLAM or Simultaneous Localisation...

Syndicated 2009-12-15 06:22:22 from RobotNext

Weekly Newswrap for Friday, December 11, 2009

The Newswrap is back and it is moving to Fridays. For the past several weeks, there has been no newswrap since my weekends have been busy with various robotics events. Because this situation may continue for the next few months,...

Syndicated 2009-12-12 04:11:06 (Updated 2009-12-12 04:11:07) from RobotNext

Robot Uses Artificial Intelligence to Water Plants

Here’s a robot that can water your plants and not your furniture. By using creativity, the students programmed their robots to perform tasks using artificial intelligence (AI). So, the robot can tell what is a plant and what is not....

Syndicated 2009-12-10 23:08:22 from RobotNext

Robot Takes a New Step Forward

PETMAN is one of a new kind of walking robot described in this story from Jesse Emspak, correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. This bot, designed by Boston Dynamics in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a bipedal robot that can stroll in...

Syndicated 2009-12-09 18:31:00 from RobotNext

Festo Shows RoboKites

This post came across my robotics feed today from Adam Flaherty at MAKE Magazine and I thought it was worth a look. In the video on BotJunkie, you can see the Festo kite in action. And yes, the applications of...

Syndicated 2009-12-08 17:51:30 from RobotNext

iRobot Shows Off Educational Program

iRobot is demonstrating it is serious about its education outreach program. SPARK or Starter Programs for the Advancement of Robotics Knowledge, as the program is known, is out to show students and teachers how robots work. Previously, this effort was...

Syndicated 2009-12-08 06:02:39 from RobotNext

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