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Lifelike, cost-effective robotic hand can disable IEDs (w/video)

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a cost-effective robotic hand that can be used in disarming improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The Sandia Hand addresses challenges that have prevented widespread adoption of other robotic hands, such as cost, durability, dexterity and modularity.

Posted: Aug 16th, 2012

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Robotic system to inspect underground pipes

EU-funded researchers developed a high-tech robotic imaging system for inspecting underground pipes. Commercialisation should facilitate use of corrosion-resistant materials for transport of hazardous chemicals.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2012

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Soft autonomous robot inches along like an earthworm (w/video)

Scientists have engineered a soft autonomous robot that moves via peristalsis, crawling across surfaces by contracting segments of its body, much like an earthworm. The robot, made almost entirely of soft materials, is remarkably resilient: Even when stepped upon or bludgeoned with a hammer, the robot is able to inch away, unscathed.

Posted: Aug 9th, 2012

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Handy technologies for dextrous robots

A team of EU-funded researchers has developed the world's first human-sized, five-fingered robotic hand that can learn to grasp and manipulate a range of delicate and oddly shaped objects just as humans do.

Posted: Aug 2nd, 2012

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Within reach: Engineers to add arms and hands to unmanned aerial vehicles

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), such as those used by the military for surveillance and reconnaissance, could be getting a hand - and an arm - from engineers at Drexel University as part of a National Science Foundation grant to investigate adding dexterous limbs to the aircrafts. The project, whose subject harkens to the hovering android iconography of sci-fi movies, could be a step toward the use of UAVs for emergency response and search and rescue scenarios.

Posted: Aug 1st, 2012

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Robotic assistance for the elderly

A team of EU-funded researchers has developed a robotic companion and intelligent home environment that could help elderly people live richer and more independent lives and reduce the burden placed on healthcare services.

Posted: Aug 1st, 2012

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Swimming robots could make lifeguards history (w/video)

Researchers have created a robot that can perfectly replicate back stroke swimming. The team at the Tokyo University of Technology, led by associate professor Motomu Nakashima, hopes that eventually robots like the "Swumanoid" can act as robot lifeguards, patrolling the shores and helping swimmers in distress.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2012

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