Robots have helped humans navigate outer space, land on the moon and explore Mars - but they can still get stuck in the sand. Carnegie Mellon University's internationally renowned roboticist, William Whittaker, is leading a new NASA-funded study to keep them moving forward.
In one of the earliest experiments using a humanoid robot to deliver speech and physical therapy to a stroke patient, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst saw notable speech and physical therapy gains and significant improvement in quality of life.
An artificial hand capable of performing almost all of the different types of grips on everyday objects with a single motor and, due to the simplicity of its structure, robustness and low cost, is destined to revolutionize not only the world of prosthetic and robotic hands but advance other technologies as well.
Bristlebots are robots without sensors or brains that do things that robots without sensors or brains do. As it turns out, this is a lot more than you might expect, since researchers at Harvard have shown that if you stick enough of them in a small space, they self-organize into swarms.
A team from Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center is building a new class of robot to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge - a human-size robot that moves, not by walking, but on rubberized tracks on the extremities of each of its four limbs.
Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and four collaborating institutions have evaluated the effectiveness of a novel curriculum to safely train surgeons on the da Vinci Surgical System, which is used to perform robot-assisted surgeries.
Researchers of five European universities have developed a cloud-computing platform for robots. The platform allows robots connected to the Internet to directly access the powerful computational, storage, and communications infrastructure of modern data centers for robotics tasks and robot learning.
Every year thousands of people in Europe are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Many are young adults, facing the rest of their lives confined to a wheelchair. Although no medical cure currently exists, in the future they could be able to walk again thanks to a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton being developed by EU-funded researchers.