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U.S. military rethinks lethal, autonomous drones

The U.S. Defense Department has issued a new directive on the use of autonomous and semi-autonomous weapon systems, an attempt to regulate a technology that officials say could be years from becoming reality.

Posted: Dec 4th, 2012

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A future full of robots

A future where robots are as common as cars - and cheaper - is on the way. This is according to Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro, named one of the top 100 geniuses alive in the world today, who has devoted himself to creating robots so humanlike it's hard to tell the difference.

Posted: Nov 29th, 2012

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Poo-powered robot launched (w/video)

The EcoBotIII feeds off and is powered by sewage from Saltford sewage treatment works, near Bristol, and can move and operate its onboard mechanisms unaided.

Posted: Nov 29th, 2012

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New project to develop robotic laser system that strips paint from aircraft

Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) of Johnstown, Pa., are working with the Air Force Research Laboratory and Ogden Air Logistics Center 309 AMXG to develop and demonstrate a robotic system that uses high-powered lasers to remove coatings from fighter and cargo aircraft.

Posted: Nov 26th, 2012

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Robot scanner reads 250 book pages a minute

BFS-Auto can achieve high-speed and high-definition book digitization at over 250 pages/min using the original media format. This performance is realized by three key points: high-speed fully-automated page flipping, real-time 3D recognition of the flipped pages, and high-accuracy restoration to a flat document image.

Posted: Nov 23rd, 2012

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