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Robots: M-Blocks

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews John Romanishin from MIT, about his project 'M-Blocks'. M-Blocks are small cubes with no exterior moving parts that can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes.

Syndicated 2014-09-05 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Birdly

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Max Rheiner from Zurich University, about his bird-flight simulator 'Birdly'. The participant can control the simulator with his hands and arms, which directly correlates to the wings and the primary feathers of the bird. Visualized through head-mounted display (Oculus Rift) the participant is embedded in a virtual landscape where his body is the body of a Red Kite.

Syndicated 2014-08-22 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Stiquito

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews James Conrad, professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, about the history of the autonomous walking robot, Stiquito. Stiquito is a small, inexpensive hexapod (i.e., six-legged) robot that has been used since 1992 by universities, high schools, and hobbyists. It is propelled by nitinol, an alloy actuator wire that expands and contracts, and roughly emulates the operation of a muscle. Nitinol contracts when heated and returns to its original size and shape when cooled. The robot can be outfitted with several sensors for more advanced behavior, such as obstacle avoidance, line following, and light tracking.

Syndicated 2014-08-08 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Ekso Bionics

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to Russ Angold, co-founder and CTO of Ekso Bionics, about the wearable bionic suit, Ekso. This suit enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait. Walking is achieved by the user’s weight shifts to activate sensors in the device which initiate steps. Battery-powered motors drive the legs, replacing deficient neuromuscular function.

Syndicated 2014-07-25 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Cruise

In this episode, we speak with Kyle Vogt, the CEO of Cruise. His company recently joined the "driverless revolution" with their release of RP-1. This system is a highway autopilot that can be installed in your existing car. It controls your steering, throttle, and braking, making sure your car remains safely in its lane and a safe distance from the car in front of you.

Syndicated 2014-07-12 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Computer Assisted Surgery

In this episode Ron Vanderkley speaks to Prof. Karol Miller, Director of the Intelligent Systems for Medicine Lab at the University of Western Australia, about medical robotics and how doctors and patients perceive its role and use. Central to his work are mathematical models of soft tissue (brain, liver, etc.) that can be used for robot-assisted surgery by providing fast and accurate feedback. He also discusses the potential and challenges in making surgery fully autonomous. Finally, we hear about how his computational tools could be used to build transformer-like robots that can reassemble to adapt to new tasks.

Syndicated 2014-06-27 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: A Code of Ethics for HRI Practitioners

Human-robot interaction is a fascinating field of research in robotics. It also happens to be the field that is closely related to many of the ethical concerns raised with regards to interactive robots. Should human-robot interaction (HRI) practitioners keep in mind things such as human dignity, psychological harm, and privacy? What about how robot design relates to racism and sexism? Curious to find out more, AJung spoke with Dr. Riek to talk about their recent work on drafting a code of ethics for HRI practitioners.

Syndicated 2014-06-14 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Russian Robotics

In this episode, Sabine speaks with Andrew Gryaznov, co-founder of Cubic Robotics and Roman Luchin, CEO of CyberTech Labs, about robotics in Russia. They provide us with an inside view on robotics education, innovations and startups in their country. The interview was done live at RoboForum in Moscow earlier this month. Roboforum is a cross disciplinary conference designed to unite the best minds in robotics, including scientists and designers, business people and governors as well as artists, engineers and popular science speakers worldwide. Speakers at the conference included creator of Hubo, Jun-Ho Oh, iCub’s Giorgio Metta, creator of the Blind Robot Louis-Philippe Demer, Vladimir Konyshev of Neurobotics, Skolkovo’s Albert Yefimov, NanoSatisfi’s Chris Wake, Unbounded’s Melonee Wise, Valery Komissarova of Grishin, and many more.

Syndicated 2014-05-30 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: RoboRoach

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Bill Reith an engineer at Backyard Brains. The company develops RoboRoach, the world's first commercially available "cyborg" which was successfully backed on KickStarter. Using their kit, you can briefly control the left/right movement of a cockroach from a smart phone using microstimulation of the antenna nerves. The RoboRoach is one of the many tools that Backyard Brains hopes to use to teach students about neuroscience. Aware of the ethical questions their work raises, the company has put out a set of ethical statements. To explore the ethical side further, AJung Moon speaks with Prof. Oliver Bendel at the School of Business in Basel.

Syndicated 2014-05-17 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Zero Tillage Robotics

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Professor Peter Corke from Queensland University of Technology, about the fast-tracking research that will see robots planting, weeding, maintaining and harvesting crops.

Syndicated 2014-05-02 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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