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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

Laser-Guided Robots Milk Cows

The Carman Valley Leader has this story on robots that are helping to run a high-tech dairy farm. In the photo below a robot assists the cattle by pushing the feed towards them. Other robots actually milk the cows. They...

Syndicated 2009-12-04 16:22:33 (Updated 2009-12-04 16:23:31) from RobotNext

Trying to Dig Out, Mars Robot Digs Into a Discovery

Sometimes the biggest discoveries come through by accident. Spirit, the Mars robotic rover stuck in a patch of loose Martian soil, has churned–up something interesting. Bright, fluffy material covered by a dark crust. To see what this might mean, check...

Syndicated 2009-12-04 05:03:25 from RobotNext

Optical Sensors Give Robots' Artificial Skin with Smooth Touch

An article posted at thaindian.com details the research of Belgium researchers who have developed a new type of artificial skin for robots. This skin will be able to provide robots with a delicate touch more like a human’s. The primary...

Syndicated 2009-12-03 03:45:44 from RobotNext

Robotic Clam Developed for Deep Sea Projects

Of all the creatures on Earth that I thought could be models for robots, I never would have picked the clam. But now, mechanical engineers Anette "Peko" Hosoi and Amos Winter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have done just...

Syndicated 2009-12-01 23:30:08 (Updated 2009-12-01 23:30:09) from RobotNext

Robotic Rat Follow-up

Spotted this follow-up article on the Scratchbot covered here several months ago. In this update, the robot is showing off its abilities to search-out objects by touch. No vision system is used. This is a very novel approach and could...

Syndicated 2009-12-01 01:10:35 from RobotNext

Another Robotic Turkey

For your Thanksgiving weekend, here is another robotic turkey. This one is intended to stop poachers looking for a free bird. These robotic turkeys can be remotely controlled or even programmed to move on their own. Of course, there are...

Syndicated 2009-11-29 03:05:57 (Updated 2009-11-29 03:04:42) from RobotNext

Robotic Turkeys Not Afraid of Thanksgiving

Robotic turkeys need not worry about ending up on someone's Thanksgiving table. There is not much meat on those legs and the bird is just a bit tough to chew. I found this old article on a robotic turkey when...

Syndicated 2009-11-28 23:43:16 from RobotNext

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

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