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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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PAN-ROBOTS: Automating logistics for the factory of the future

Mass production and packaging in factories is already highly automated these days, but the same cannot be said for logistics. Movements of raw materials and finished products still depend heavily on manual labour. However, EU-funded research on Automatic Guided Vehicles means this is about to change over the next decade.

Posted: Apr 20th, 2015

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Soft, energy-efficient robotic wings

New discovery that can make a dielectric elastomer joint bend up and down demonstrates its potential in soft robotic applications as lightweight, energy-efficient flapping wings.

Posted: Mar 31st, 2015

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Human Interface: Virtual robotization for human limbs

A new virtual reality robotization gaming system called Jointonation, has taken gaming to a new level by allowing the player to discover what it feels like to become a robot. The robotic simulation uses a combination of visual, auditory and tactile sensations to 'transform' the player's arms and legs into metallic limbs.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2015

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Kids and robots learn to write together (w/video)

Who is the teacher: the student or the machine? By showing a robot how to write letters, children improve their writing skills and gain self-­confidence. This system, called CoWriter, was developed by EPFL researchers.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2015

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The strong robot with the gentle touch

Scientists have developed a new experimental nursing care robot, ROBEAR, which is capable of performing tasks such as lifting a patient from a bed into a wheelchair or providing assistance to a patient who is able to stand up but requires help to do so.

Posted: Feb 23rd, 2015

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