Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ALL THE ROBOT NEW THATS FIT TO PRINT

And I will be printing a lot more for you to read


Before there was the "Oracle of Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli
On Twitter @vjmachiavelli 

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Germ-zapping 'robots': Hospitals combat superbugs
Chicago Daily Herald
The rise of these superbugs, along with increased pressure from the government and insurers, is driving hospitals to try all sorts of new approaches to stop their spread: Machines that resemble "Star Wars"robots and emit ultraviolet light or hydrogen ...
Healthcare Professionals Are Open To Robotic Assistants For Certain Tasks
RedOrbit
Nowhere is this truer than in the field of robotics. While the technology exists and is getting better seemingly every day, for roboticists to produce non-sentient beings capable of helping us with a slew of everyday and specialized tasks, the question...

Pacific Rim trailer: All the giant robots fighting giant monsters you could want

National Post
Given that it's directed by Guillermo Del Toro, though, there's going to be something behind all those giant robots fighting giant monsters — and that something is a giant robot picking up an oil tanker and swinging it, baseball-bat style at a giant ...
Da Vinci surgical robots the subject of local, national lawsuits
FOX 8 News WVUE-TV
Robotic surgery has become a common option in hospitals, touted as a safer, less invasive operation. But dozens of patients in Louisiana and more than a thousand around the country are suing the makers of the da Vinci robot devices, claiming they or ...
CU-Boulder Mechatronics class ends semester with robot dodgeball tournament
Colorado Daily
That was the motto of teams in the University of Colorado's Mechatronics class, who have been building autonomous, dodgeball-playing robots all semester. The 11 teams capped off the spring semester on Monday afternoon with a robot dodgeball ...
'The Point of No Return': Should Robots Be Able to Decide to Kill You On Their ...
RollingStone.com
A U.N. report released earlier this week called for a global moratorium on developing highly sophisticated robots that can select and kill targets without a human being directly issuing a command. These machines, known as Lethal Autonomous Robots (LARs ...

RollingStone.com
Flying Disc-throwing Robots Teach Kids Tech
The Associated Press
Thousands of high school students from around the world have put their engineering skills to the test at an international robotics contest. "FIRST" is compared to a "Superbowl of the Mind" mixing math, science and technology with competition. (April 30 ...
Robots Anticipate Human Actions, Adjust Accordingly - Scientific Computing
Scientific Computing
The robot was programmed to refill a person's cup when it was nearly empty. To do this, the robot must plan its movements in advance and then follow the plan. But if a human sitting at the table happens to raise the cup and drink from it, the robot ...

Scientific Computing
Robots designed to clean up our streets
Cordis News
DUSTBOT ('Networked and Cooperating Robots for Urban Hygiene') is an original idea, which operates robots in partially unstructured environments (such as squares, streets, parks) to sweep up rubbish and dirt. They can also collect small quantities of ...
Robots able to reach through clutter with whole-arm tactile sensing (w/ video)
Phys.Org
Much in the same way, robots are now able to intelligently maneuver within clutter, gently making contact with objects while accomplishing a task. This new control method has wide applications, ranging fromrobots for search-and-rescue operations to ...

ROBOTS ARE ON THE MARCH AND


We will be keeping an eye as they March into your life.


Before there was the "Oracle of Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli
On Twitter @vjmachiavelli 

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Researchers Put Sense of Touch in Reach for Robots
New York Times
In a paper published this month in the International Journal ofRobotics Research, the Georgia Tech group described arobot arm that was able to reach into a cluttered environment and use “touch,” along with computer vision, to complete exacting tasks.

New York Times
Robots Will Do Everything You Do Now Only Better—What Then?
Singularity Hub
One argument says that this time is different because soonrobots will be able to do everything a human does. But it's misguided to assume we can forecast what humans “will do.” What that statement really means is, “In the future, robots will do ...

Singularity Hub


Activists, UN put 'killer robots' in the crosshairs
NBCNews.com
Skyshield cannons can be outfitted with a "Modular, Automatic and Network-capable Targeting and Interception System" (MANTIS) that provides automated target detection and engagement, with human supervision. The German Air Force first took delivery of ...
Robots use ultraviolet light to clean hospital rooms
San Antonio Express
Morris Miller (right, foreground), Chief Executive Officer of San Antonio-based Xenex, stands next to the Xenex robot (left, foreground) with Account Manager Desiree LeBouf (left, background) and Chief Financial Officer Juan A. Gutierrez. The robot is ...

Scientists develop robot that can feel

Boston Globe
NEW YORK — Finding and recognizing objects by touch in your pocket, in the dark, or among items on a cluttered table top are distinctly human skills — ones that have been far beyond the ability of even the most dexterous robotic arms. Rodney Brooks ...
'Pacific Rim' Trailer From WonderCon: Apocalypse Canceled Thanks To Giant ...
Huffington Post
The massive blockbuster -- about giant monsters attacking Earth, and the equally giants robots that the human race builds to combat them -- is set for release on July 12, and now audiences can get another glimpse at the film's large scale. Warner Bros.
Robots & recycling
Jackson Sun
Marcus Whorton, 6, fixes the dangling arm on his robot Wednesday afternoon. Kindergartners from East Elementary built robots from recycled goods for their monthly projects in honor of Earth Day. / MEGAN SMITH/The Jackson Sun ...
Snake robot teams up with search-and-rescue dog in US
BBC News
US researchers working on a snake-like robot have tested pairing it with a search-and-rescue dog. The engineers sent two dogs fitted with harnesses containing the robot into a simulated collapsed building. The dogs then released the equipment, allowing ...
Robotic Employment Trend - Energy and Capital
Energy and Capital
I watched the movie I, Robot last week—the one where Will Smith is in a futuristic society, and humans and robots live in seemingly perfect harmony with one another, working side by side. All was right in the world, but then of course, chaos ensues ...

Germ-zapping 'robots': Hospitals combat superbugs

Businessweek
Machines that resemble "Star Wars" robots and emit ultraviolet light or hydrogen peroxide vapors. Germ-resistant copper bed rails, call buttons and IV poles. Antimicrobial linens, curtains and wall paint. While these products can help get a room clean ...
'Smart' artificial skin could give robots adaptive sense of touch
Zee News
`Smart` artificial skin could give robots adaptive sense of touch Washington: Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have fabricated arrays of piezotronic transistors capable of converting mechanical motion directly into electronic ...

Zee News
Robots Reach through a Cluttered World
YouTube
Robots are now able to intelligently maneuver within clutter, gently making contact with objects while accomplishing a task. This new control method, developed by Associate Professor Charlie Kemp, has wide applications ranging from robots for ...
Robots Help Autistic Kids Learn, Communicate - Laboratory Equipment
Laboratory Equipment
A common enough scene, except the “you” in this case is a humanoidrobot programmed by researchers affiliated with the Univ. of Connecticut and Movia Robotics to help children with learning delays — like those on the autism spectrum — improve their ...
Finally A Cute Robot That Doesn't Have The Crazy Eyes - Gizmodo
Gizmodo
The thing is that when researchers are trying to conduct social experiments, look at human-robot interactions, or pair robots with disabled individuals, the unhumaness of the robots can be distracting or unnerving. There have been other attempts to ...
Robots fighting superbugs - USA Today
USA TODAY
Robots fighting superbugs. In this era of threatening superbugs, products for fighting hospital infections seem to be multiplying as fast as the germs themselves. Hospitals can now fight superbugs with devices that resemble Star Wars robots. (April 29) ...
Low-cost care robots for Japan's elderly soon - AsiaOne.com
AsiaOne
The government plans to extend financial assistance to help firms develop low-cost nursing care robots with a price tag of about 100,000 yen each as a major feature of its growth strategy to be compiled in June, government sources said. Such robots ...

Robots Uncover the Secrets of an Ancient Pyramid in Mexico
ABC News
Mexican archeologists discovered three previously unknown chambers under a pyramid in Teotihuacan, an ancient city 31 miles northeast of Mexico City, thanks to a remote-controlledrobot that crawled into the pyramid's underbelly. Click here to see the ...

ABC News
Robotics teams compete at statewide open house
The Advocate
There were flying robots, swimming robotsrobots that shot flying discs, robots that did pull-ups and robots that picked up and moved small objects at the National Robotics Week Open House. Fifteen teams of robotics students, both high school and ...
China to build robots at new industrial base - Zee News
Zee News
... deputy director of the town management committee, told Xinhua. He said the industrial base will be completed by the end of 2017, and will mostly develop robots and other intelligent equipment after academies and technical centres are established there.
Humans feel empathy for robots - SpaceDaily
Space Daily
From the T-101 to Data from Star Trek, humans have been presented with the fictional dilemma of how we empathize with robotsRobots now infiltrate our lives, toys like Furbies or robot vacuum cleaners bring us closer, but how do we really feel about ...
New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel For Real
Gizmodo Australia
There are plenty of robot arms out there, but what about robot skin to cover them in? A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make forrobotic skin as sensitive as your own is, covered in thousands of tiny mechanical hairs. Developed by Georgia ...

Prefab Towers Built By Flying Robots: Fact Or Fiction?

EarthTechling
The concept of the flying robot has rarely had positive connotations. Usually the very mention of the words “flying robot” or “drone” leads to talk about government intrusion or terrifying, secret high-tech warfare. Rarely does it conjure images of ...
New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real - Gizmodo
Gizmodo
New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real There are plenty of robot arms out there, but what about robot skin to cover them in? A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make for robotic skin that's as soft supple sensitive as ..
The Robots of Death and City of Death on UKTV
The Doctor Who News Page
Sunday 28th April sees the broadcast of two four-part Tom Baker stories, The Robots of Death (1977) and City of Death (1979) on Australian and New Zealand television. The two stories, screened back-to-back, are the 17th and 18th instalments in the 50th ...
Maker Faire UK: Mechanical Dragons And Pole-Dancing Robots At Centre For Life
Sky Tyne and Wear
A fire-breathing scrap metal dragon, a mechanical horse and two pole-dancing robots are on display at the Centre For Life in Newcastle as part of the 2013 Maker Faire UK. Advertisement. The festival combines technology and art to reveal the ...
'Bristlebots' build interest in robotics
Otago Daily Times
A simple robot that scuttles along on the bristles of a toothbrush might be a step towards creating a generation ofrobotics engineers in Dunedin. Dunedin company Bristlebotics went into business at the start of the year. It sells bristlebots - tiny ...

Saturday, April 27, 2013

ROBOTS COULD BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING

and a whole lot more.

We will be keeping you posted on the Robot Revolution.


Before there was the "Oracle of Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli
On Twitter @vjmachiavelli 

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Prefab Towers Built By Flying Robots: Fact Or Fiction?

EarthTechling
The concept of the flying robot has rarely had positive connotations. Usually the very mention of the words “flying robot” or “drone” leads to talk about government intrusion or terrifying, secret high-tech warfare. Rarely does it conjure images of ...
New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real - Gizmodo
Gizmodo
New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real There are plenty of robot arms out there, but what about robot skin to cover them in? A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make for robotic skin that's as soft supple sensitive as ...
The Robots of Death and City of Death on UKTV
The Doctor Who News Page
Sunday 28th April sees the broadcast of two four-part Tom Baker stories, The Robots of Death (1977) and City of Death (1979) on Australian and New Zealand television. The two stories, screened back-to-back, are the 17th and 18th instalments in the 50th ...
Maker Faire UK: Mechanical Dragons And Pole-Dancing Robots At Centre For Life
Sky Tyne and Wear
A fire-breathing scrap metal dragon, a mechanical horse and two pole-dancing robots are on display at the Centre For Life in Newcastle as part of the 2013 Maker Faire UK. Advertisement. The festival combines technology and art to reveal the ...
'Bristlebots' build interest in robotics
Otago Daily Times
A simple robot that scuttles along on the bristles of a toothbrush might be a step towards creating a generation ofrobotics engineers in Dunedin. Dunedin company Bristlebotics went into business at the start of the year. It sells bristlebots - tiny ...

NASA's goggle-eyed SPHERE robots create 3D maps on the fly - Gizmag

Gizmag
Take the little floating ball that gave Luke Skywalker so much trouble during lightsaber practice, slap a pair of huge welder's goggles on it and you start to get a picture of NASA's latest foray into flying robots. Currently being tested aboard the ...
Cherry Point Demonstrates Robot Technology - WITN
WITN
Gunnery Sergeant Bernard Coyne says these robots are what keep his team from getting seriously injured. Coyne says, "Were not down there near the explosives and sometimes you don't have a robot with you or you have expended your robot and you have ...
NY Disrupt Hackathon Hardware Find: Robots!
TechCrunch
The floor at Disrupt's NY Hackathon is filled mostly with people working on software projects, but there were also some interesting hardware endeavors underway. One in particular caught my eye: a robot built from open-source components build to help ...
James Bond, robots and vegetables
Farm Weekly
Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney, Salah Sukkarieh, created such a buzz when he displayed his automated horticultural robots at last year's Ausveg Future Technologies ...
Robots in Saint Louis
Forbes
My son's team made it into the World FIRST robotics competition this week in St. Louis, MO. The kids here (thousands of them from 37 countries) are having as much fun as, or maybe more than most kids do at sports events. The reason is that this is a ...
Robot-building helps Canadian kids develop skills for high-tech world
UPI.com
The Ontario Youth Mind Building Co. is a not-for-profit organization that has developed a robotics program that allows students to build their ownrobots with the goal of engaging them in science, technology, engineering and math, the Canadian ...
New Smart Skin Allows Robots to Feel - The Escapist
Escapist Magazine
By combining tiny nanowires and piezotronic transistors into a grid-like array, the scientists created a clear, flexible sheet that could fit over arobotic limb like skin. That "skin" would feed back through nearly microscopic wires to a computer chip ...

Autonomous military robots should be banned, group says (video)
CNET
Autonomous military robots should be banned, group says (video). The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots tells CNET why lethal machines must remain under human control, for humanity's sake. Luke Westaway. by Luke Westaway. April 26, 2013 5:47 AM PDT ...
Robots given 'more accurate sense of touch'
The Engineer
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed piezoelectric transistors - electronic components that translate pressure into electrical signals - they say could give robots a much more accurate sense of touch. 'This is a ...

The Engineer

Otago Daily Times

Friday, April 26, 2013

ROBOTS ARE ON THE MARCH

and they will be marching into your home and life as we move deeper into the 21 First Century.


Before there was the "Oracle of Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli
On Twitter @vjmachiavelli 

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'Smart skin' hope for touch sensor
BBC News
"Any mechanical motion, such as the movement of arms or the fingers of a robot, could be translated to control signals," said Zhong Lin Wang, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "This could make artificial skin smarter and more like the ...

BBC News
Will robot Internet lead to Skynet?
Pacific Daily News
Ah, pity the robots, lonely even when not alone. Largely blind and deaf, they toil away in social isolation. From the frenetic factory line to the bustling warehouse floor, they solder and weld, assemble, pack and palletize, with nary a bleepity-bloop ...
The robots are coming, but will we love them?
The Verge
Would you shed a tear if a robot was being tortured before your eyes? According to Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten, you just might. Rosenthal-von der Pütten is a researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, and the author of two recent ...
10 robots in the workforce
MSN Money
10 robots in the workforce. Robots still may seem futuristic, but many are hard at work in operating rooms, bedrooms and even barrooms around the world. By Michelle V. Rafter, MSN Money. Next of 12. Next of 12 ...
Virtual Robots 'Breed' and Evolve
LiveScience.com
A computer program that lets virtual robots "breed" and reproduce has resulted in a huge variety of functional designs for real-life robots of the future— and many of them are better than the ones humans could develop. The resulting virtual robot shop ...

How robots are teaching Hamilton school kids real-world skills
CBC.ca
robot kit, ordered from Korea. (Courtesy of: Nicki Ho). An Ontario company is using robots to teach Hamilton elementary school kids real-world skills. The Ontario Youth Mind Building Company is a not for profit organization that has developed a...

CBC.ca
Touch Tech Could Make Robots Ticklish
TechNewsDaily
Hold an egg without breaking it. Feel the wind on your face. Respond to a caress. These are just a few of the rapidly shrinking areas in which humans still have robots beat. But that will soon change, thanks to breakthrough research that gives robots ...
Autonomous military robots should be banned, group says (video)
CNET
One thing I wanted to know is why the campaign is so averse to autonomous robots. As Noel Sharkey, expert roboticist and professor, told me, however, this movement is only about putting the brakes on autonomous killing machines. "We're not inhibiting ...
InnoTechnix launches MandleBot, its first robot accessible to the general public
Sacramento Bee
SAINTE-ADÈLE, QC, April 26, 2013 -- /CNW Telbec/ - InnoTechnix, a Canadian company specializing in the manufacture of small robotsaccessible to the general public, is proud to announce the launch of MandleBot. MandleBot is a robotic arm made of ...