Has Your Robot Driven a Ford Lately?

Source : Robots.net (http://robots.net/article/3596.html) While other companies are working to develop fully autonomous vehicles, Ford has been working on a slightly different problem. According to a news release, they want robots to drive their traditional human-piloted vehicles on the test track. Robot test drivers could stay on the road 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ford is launching…

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Anki Drive isn’t just a car racing game, it’s an iOS-based robotics platform

To me this was the best part of the Apple Keynote.  I wanted to post this immediately but could not find the cut version that only shows the cars.  Make sure to watch the video as it looks very promising for commercializing the current robotics research. Source: Engadget When Anki Drive was demoed live on stage during Apple’s WWDC, we saw a modern…

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New nanoneedle technique probes inner workings of human skin

Researchers in the U.K. say that by combining a nanoneedle with atomic force microscopy, they can now perform a mechanical scan of the thin top layer of our skin to better understand its biomechanics. Source: CNET How does our top layer of skin — the thin stratum corneum — manage to keep water inside our bodies and microbes out, all while maintaining…

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Telerobotics to help sick teen toss a baseball 1,800 miles

Photo Description: Using this telerobotic pitching machine, 13-year-old Nick LeGrande will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Oakland A’s game at the Oakland Coliseum Wednesday — from 1,800 miles away (Credit: Oakland Athletics) Source: CNET There are some baseball players known for their strong arms, but a lot of people will probably stand up and take notice when 13-year-old Nick…

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Game of Drones: Where UAVs meet paintball

This seems like a less damaging but still fun way of battling robots. Source: CNET Mucking around with monarchical politics and swords is all well and good, but a remote-controlled toy drone involves around 98 percent less decapitation and at least 54 percent more fun. At least we assume that’s part of the reasoning behind Game of Drones, a collective of…

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2G “Velo” Gripper

The 2G Velo Gripper can now be pre ordered at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1P6KJZPGViJusjeKuOlUBoUIJP8QVbLai-Cd36rv-dAM/viewform Check out the website: http://www.willowgarage.com/velo2g Overview At Willow Garage we are constantly engaged in exploration and research work aiming to advance towards future personal robots. In this context, an ongoing project explores novel gripper designs and grasping strategies using them. The Velo 2G Gripper is a result of this exploratory project. Starting…

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The wheel, re-invented.

Currently this man reinvented a the wheel to be in a square shape.  According to him, the wheel is more stable and offers many benefits.  Although this is currently being applied to skateboards it would be very interesting to see if it has any benefits in wheeled robots for mobile manipulation.  Make sure the check out the video at the…

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Oculus Rift-Virtual Reality Headset for 3D Games

The Oculus Rift is an upcoming high field of view (FOV), low-latency, consumer-priced virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). It is being developed by Oculus VR, who have raised $2.4 million from a Kickstarter campaign.The company was founded by Palmer Luckey and the co-founders of Scaleform.   Developer version The Oculus developer kit was an initial version, financed by the Kickstarter, which sought to get the initial Oculus Rift HMD into the…

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Columbia University’s low-cost robotic arm is controlled by facial muscles, we go face-on

We’ve seen Emotiv’s Epoc headset control cars and trapeze acts, but now a small posse of students at Columbia University is teaching it how to control a robotic arm. The appendage, aptly named ARM for Assistive Robotic Manipulator, was envisioned as a wheelchair attachment to help the disabled. According to the team, the goal was to keep costs in the…

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Surface electromyography based robot control

In recently, robot between user interface is hot issue in robotics. Many sensors and devices are used to control robot frequently. One of the most usable thing is biosignals which occured from operator to control robot. Generally used biosignals are electroencephalography(EEG), electromygraphy(EMG), electrocardiography(ECG). They are all based on neuron signals(which is electrical signal) from human body. I introduce EMG signal…

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