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Insect mating behavior has lessons for drones

Can understanding insects' mating behavior be useful for robotics research? Yes, according to two entomologists whose research using computer simulations shows that such insect behavior has implications for airborne robots (drones) that ply the sky searching for signature odors.

Posted: May 29th, 2015

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Cheetah robot lands the running jump (w/video)

In a leap for robot development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs - making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.

Posted: May 29th, 2015

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Standard knowledge for robots

What do you know? There is now a world standard for capturing and conveying the knowledge that robots possess - or, to get philosophical about it, an ontology for automatons.

Posted: May 22nd, 2015

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Robotic sonar system inspired by bats

Engineers have taken the first steps toward building a novel dynamic sonar system inspired by horseshoe bats that could be more efficient and take up less space than current man-made sonar arrays.

Posted: May 21st, 2015

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Robots grasping hands (w/video)

Researchers are developing tests to take full measure of robotic grasping - specifically, the motion and effort that gripping and manipulating entail. Their immediate goal: To provide useful performance-benchmarking tools to support research and innovation leading to ever-more handy capable robot appendages.

Posted: May 19th, 2015

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Why you should always shake hands with a robot

There are many unspoken rules of human interaction, whether that's whether or not to look them in the eyes, the firmness of the handshake, smiling or words of greeting. Little things like this can lead to big judgements about trustworthiness or social acceptability. What if we can use this type of behaviour to help humans and robots interact?

Posted: May 15th, 2015

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Researchers hack a teleoperated surgical robot to reveal security flaws

To make cars as safe as possible, we crash them into walls to pinpoint weaknesses and better protect the people who use them. That's the idea behind a series of experiments by an engineering team who hacked a next generation teleoperated surgical robot to test how easily a malicious attack could hijack remotely-controlled operations in the future and to make those systems more secure.

Posted: May 7th, 2015

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