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NSF robotics grant to develop smart skin applications

Imagine a human-like robot with skin and clothes embedded with sensors that could help machine accurately perceive the environment and better assist human owners. Such 'smart' robots are at the heart of a new $1.35 million National Science Foundation project.

Posted: Dec 7th, 2012

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Automation systems become flexible when robots make their own decisions

Researchers at University West in Sweden have created an automation system where machines and robots make their own decisions and adapt to external circumstances. They continue to work even when something goes wrong. You can reprogram them every day and easily vary equipment and manufactured products.

Posted: Dec 5th, 2012

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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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