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Using fish to design better underwater robots

What does the Office of Naval Research want with a bunch of fish? To help design a better Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), of course. Dr. Sheryl Coombs, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Bowling Green State University, received a grant to help do just that.

Jun 13th, 2013

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New tasks become as simple as waving a hand with brain-computer interfaces

Researchers have demonstrated that when humans use this technology - called a brain-computer interface - the brain behaves much like it does when completing simple motor skills such as kicking a ball, typing or waving a hand. Learning to control a robotic arm or a prosthetic limb could become second nature for people who are paralyzed.

Jun 11th, 2013

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Firefighting robot paints 3-D thermal imaging picture for rescuers (w/video)

Engineers in the Coordinated Robotics Lab at the University of California, San Diego, have developed new image processing techniques for rapid exploration and characterization of structural fires by small Segway-like robotic vehicles. A sophisticated on-board software system takes the thermal data recorded by the robot's small infrared camera and maps it onto a 3-D scene constructed from the images taken by a pair of stereo RGB cameras.

Jun 5th, 2013

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Repairing turbines with the help of robots

Compressor and turbine blades are important components in aircraft engines and gas turbines. When they become damaged, it is often cheaper to repair them than to buy replacements. Now there is a new robotassisted technique that is boosting efficiency.

Jun 3rd, 2013

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The Robotics Summer of Learning teaches students STEM skills needed for today's changing world (w/video)

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to develop programming skills, design virtual game levels, animate stories, earn badges that lead to certifications, and win prizes for free this summer through the Robotics Summer of Learning. The initiative will focus on providing step-by-step lessons to make programming easy and prepare students for a STEM future. The program is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Academy and hosted online at the Computer Science Student Network.

May 30th, 2013

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Teams prepare for NASA $1.5 million Robot Challenge

Eleven teams from across the country and around the globe are preparing to compete for $1.5 million during NASA's 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge, June 5-7 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass.

May 30th, 2013

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Perfect skin: more touchy-feely robots

Robots could become a lot more 'sensitive' thanks to new artificial skins and sensor technologies developed by European scientists. Leading to better robotic platforms that could one day be used in industry, hospitals and even at home.

May 24th, 2013

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