Technology - Robotics news

Brain scanner, not joystick, is in human-robot future

(Phys.org) -- Talk about fMRI may not be entirely familiar to many people, but that could change with new events that are highlighting efforts to link up humans and machines. fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is ...

Jul 06, 2012 report
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Snake-alike Titanoboa robot is beyond eek (w/ video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Many 40-something surfers become six year olds when seeing spiders, snakes, and insects in machine form. They either think the machines are scary but funny or at the least entertaining. A ...

Nov 19, 2011 report
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Getting a grip on robotic grasp

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand—or rather, ...

Jul 18, 2014
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Space Robot Can Autonomously Reconfigure Itself

A robot designed to work in space should ideally be a Jack of all trades, with the ability to perform a wide variety of tasks by itself. By having one robot that can handle many jobs, astronauts can cut down ...

Jun 15, 2009 feature
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Atlas teams head for DARPA Robotics Challenge

(Phys.org) —December 20 is a big day for teams competing in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge. The idea is to promote critical improvements in what robots can do to ...

Nov 26, 2013 weblog
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Meka's robot head makes eyes at next-wave users (w/ video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- You've seen robots in the form of alpha dogs and insect swarms capable of military deployments but the next wave of robotics also includes a special breed of "sociable" robots for use in medicine, eldercare, and education. These are ...

Oct 14, 2011 report
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HRP-4C female robot has a new walk (w/ video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Japan's entertaining robot that sings and looks like a beautiful young female is finally learning how to walk just like a beautiful girl—well, almost. Robotics developers at the National ...

Nov 13, 2011 report
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