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Robots using tools: Researchers aim to create 'MacGyver' robot

A research team led by Professor Mike Stilman at the Georgia Institute of Technology hopes to change that by giving robots the ability to use objects in their environments to accomplish high-level tasks. The team recently received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to work on this project.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2012

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Wall-Ye wine robot takes bow in Burgundy

A new vineyard worker is looking for a job in France. White with red trim, 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall and 60 wide, he has four wheels, two arms and six cameras, prunes 600 vines per day, and never calls in sick.

Posted: Sep 25th, 2012

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Intuitive visual control provides faster robot operation

Using a novel method of integrating video technology and familiar control devices, a research team from the Georgia Institute of Technology is developing a technique to simplify remote control of robotic devices. The researchers' aim is to enhance a human operator's ability to perform precise tasks using a multi-jointed robotic device such as an articulated mechanical arm.

Posted: Sep 25th, 2012

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Connoisseur of chaos (w/video)

Where other roboticists try to suppress the complex dynamics of mechanical systems, Russ Tedrake exploits them, to make control more efficient and versatile.

Posted: Aug 29th, 2012

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Using robots to study self-awareness

Justin Hart (Computer Science) and his adviser Brian Scassellati are pursuing research into human self-awareness using a humanoid robot, Nico. Their work stands at the crossroads of computer science and psychology and complements the work of psychologists, neuroscientists, sociologists, and anthropologists.

Posted: Aug 24th, 2012

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Robotic glove detects breast cancer lumps

This glove will eventually allow patients to diagnosis their own illnesses. The glove interface allows for data from the physical exam to be a component of automated diagnosis.

Posted: Aug 23rd, 2012

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Researchers investigate early language acquisition in robots

Research into robotics continues to grow in Europe. And the introduction of humanoid robots has compelled scientists to investigate the acquisition of language. A case in point is a team of researchers in the United Kingdom that studied the development of robots that could acquire linguistic skills.

Posted: Aug 23rd, 2012

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Students demo their high-level robotics projects

Students at Cornell University are helping to bring robotics out of the rigid hard-wired programming systems of yore into more sophisticated, integrated and automated functions for a variety of robot platforms.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2012

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Noodle-slicing kitchen robots

In the face of rising labor costs, Chinese restaurateur Cui Runguan is selling thousands of robots that can hand slice noodles into a pot of boiling water called the Chef Cui.

Posted: Aug 20th, 2012

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Robot Hall of Fame invites public to vote online for its next induction class

For the first time members of the general public will help select four robots for induction into the Robot Hall of Fame from a slate of a dozen nominees. The new robots will be inducted in a ceremony Oct. 23, when they will take their place alongside such notables as NASA's Mars Sojourner, Honda's ASIMO and Star Wars' R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Posted: Aug 20th, 2012

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