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Tag: Technology: Robotics

NewsMedia: Robot Stitches A Grape Back Together

Robot Stitches A Grape Back Together! The da Vinci Surgical System is used to stitch a grape back together. The same technology that can be used to suture a tiny grape is designed to help perform delicate, minimally invasive surgery.  

The Aspen Institute: Man v. Machine or Man + Machine?

A look at where we are in terms of the state of autonomy in our everyday lives, what the future holds, and how to know what jobs could soon be turned over to automation.  

IEEE Spectrum: Humanoid Robot Learning to Fly Real Airplanes

Korean scientists have succeeded in designing a robot that can fly an airplane almost as good as a human pilot. The robot called Pibot use a combination of flight data and visual data. And can gly a regular airliner in a flight Simulator. Some parts of the flight will be even better when the robot …

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MIT: GelSight sensor gives robots touch

Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable and insert it into a USB port.  

University of Toronto: Design Fair | Neural Robotic Arm

University of Toronto student Ryan Mintz and his team have created a robotic arm that responds to brain waves captured with their headset. They hope to one day create robotic limbs or prosthetics that the wearer can control with their thoughts.  

MIT: Soft Robot Fish Lead New Wave of Robotics

MIT researchers have created what they say is the first self-contained soft robot. In this case, a fluid robot fish that is powered by water, can react to its environment and is soft to touch. Clip by the Associated Press.  

MIT: Squishy Robots

A new phase-changing material built from wax and foam developed by researchers at MIT is capable of switching between hard and soft states. Robots built from this material would be able to operate more like biological systems with applications ranging from difficult search and rescue operations, squeezing through rubble looking for survivors, to deformable surgical …

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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich: Naro-tartaruga Pool Tests

Naro-tartaruga is a robot developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. This video shows the first pool tests. A fully actuated and independent 3DOF fin actuation system is the main specialty of this robot. This actuation system allows efficient as well as agile movements.  

DARPA: A Breakthrough in Upper-Limb Prosthetics

Mr. Fred Downs performs household tasks while wearing the DEKA Arm System. The system was developed by DEKA Integrated Solutions for DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. On May 9, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the system for commercialization.  

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013 Trials Broadcasted

The DARPA Robotics Challenge is a prize competition funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Held from 2012 to 2014, it aims to develop semi-autonomous ground robots that can do “complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments.” The DRC Trials occurred on December 20 and 21, 2013 in Florida. During the trials the robots were still …

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NASA: Robots, Humans and Future Exploration

During a public event at NASA Headquarters, televised on NASA TV, agency officials and crew members aboard the International Space Station celebrated the one year anniversary of The Mars Curiosity Rover’s landing on Mars and discussed how its activities and other robotic projects are helping prepare for a human mission to Mars and an asteroid. …

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Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines

Filmed Feb 2013 • Posted Apr 2013 • TED2013 As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson — it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are …

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