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The Festo Penguin

This is a cool project by the people at Festo. They actually built a robotic penguin that uses a type of 3D sonar to help orient itself in the water. The penguins are built and programmed so well that they...

Syndicated 2009-11-19 12:20:37 (Updated 2009-11-19 12:24:08) from RobotNext

Robots of the Future: Smart as a Bee?

"The bee, whose brain is a tiny as a sesame seed, already has better navigation abilities than even our best robots.” So says University of Queensland School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering head, Professor Janet Wiles. The scientists at...

Syndicated 2009-11-19 04:13:50 from RobotNext

18 Nov 2009 (updated 18 Nov 2009 at 05:10 UTC) »

Build a Robot Utilizing an Arduino

Arduino is a open source hobbyist micro-controller used to make just about any device you can think of. "It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments." - Arduino Photo Credit: Arduino So, I...

Syndicated 2009-11-18 04:10:34 (Updated 2009-11-18 04:17:07) from RobotNext

Robots Play Pac-Man, Clean Floors

Here’s an interesting application for those old Roombas: Adapt them to play a life-sized version of an old video game. Some college students have done just that at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They say this was intended to...

Syndicated 2009-11-11 22:11:29 (Updated 2009-11-11 22:12:20) from RobotNext

Robot Swarms Could Track Oil Spills in the Oceans

From Tech Fragments comes this story about autonomous underwater explorers (AUEs). These robots will be developed to deploy as a swarm and would be coordinated so they can follow the flow of the ocean currents. Scientists hope to use the...

Syndicated 2009-11-11 05:51:46 from RobotNext

Seattle Team Robot Wins Space Elevator Challenge

Arthur C. Clarke brought this idea to the forefront in his 1979 novel "The Fountains of Paradise", but the idea dates back to 1895 when Konstantin Tsiolkovsky proposed “a free-standing tower reaching from the surface of Earth to geostationary orbit.”...

Syndicated 2009-11-09 00:22:44 from RobotNext

iRobot Opens Healthcare Division

Here are two stories about iRobot’s latest entry in the robotics field. iRobot has decided to create a robot to assist elderly patients in there homes. The question is will this robot also vacuum the floors? iRobot calls this area...

Syndicated 2009-10-30 03:17:59 from RobotNext

Robot Battalions Will Explore the Solar System

Up to this point in space exploration, robots have been solitary explorers commanded ultimately from Earth. Sure, they may have used other spacecraft for communication relays as some Mars landers have done, but they have not been controlled by other...

Syndicated 2009-10-28 21:11:14 from RobotNext

A Robot Elk is a Tempting Target

Poachers beware. A robo-Elk is out there to tempt you into taking a shot. This robotic elk joins robotic deer and a literal menagerie of robotic wildlife in the battle to stop illegal hunting of game. There are robotic wolves...

Syndicated 2009-10-28 05:39:40 (Updated 2009-10-28 05:39:41) from RobotNext

Crabs Could Influence the Next Robot Designs

A research team led by Dr Jan Hemmi of the Visual Sciences Group has achieved a first time achievement by working out how fiddler crabs perceive their world and respond to it. Their research, which is carried out in the...

Syndicated 2009-10-27 04:07:38 from RobotNext

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