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Sea-faring robot searches for toxic algae in Puget Sound

A robotic sensor placed in Puget Sound searches for signs of toxic algae and bacteria that contaminate seafood. A successful test run of the Stanford-affiliated project could lead to a network of robots patrolling the area, providing early warnings that could save millions of dollars annually.

Posted: Aug 27th, 2013

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Ford studies space robots for connected vehicle communications (w/video)

Ford begins three-year research project with St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia to observe the communication models of robots in space, with potential for connected vehicle communications applications. By studying communication between robots on the International Space Station and with Earth, the project aims to improve the reliability of connected vehicle communications and aid in the advancement of emergency vehicle communication methods.

Posted: Aug 27th, 2013

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A glimpse into the future of robotic technology

By simulating human learning mechanisms, the European EYESHOTS project successfully built a prototype robot capable of achieving awareness of its surroundings and using its memory to reach smoothly for objects.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2013

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A personalised robot companion for older people (w/video)

A highly customisable robot companion designed by EU-funded researchers to offer support to older people is currently being presented across Europe and could find its way into people's homes within two or three years, potentially greatly enhancing quality of life for older citizens and people with memory or mobility problems.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2013

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Social robots see smell

'The thing that's been missing in robotics is a sense of smell,' said biology pro­fessor Joseph Ayers. For more than four decades, he has been working to develop robots that do not rely on algo­rithms or external con­trollers. Instead, they incor­po­rate elec­tronic ner­vous sys­tems that take in sen­sory inputs from the envi­ron­ment and spit out autonomous behav­iors.

Posted: Aug 13th, 2013

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