HyQ quadruped robot makes its first public appearance in London, steps up with new feature (video)

This article makes a really interesting point, unless you work in a robotics lab, the chances are you have not seen a robot in person.  I think the idea of showcasing robots for the public is a great idea, and should be done more.  I think there are many misunderstandings about robots, and seeing it in real life is very…

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IBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da Vinci

The drastic cost reductions that are happening in robotics are very exciting.  Similar to 3D printing and Motion capture, it seems like the special one time use of these technologies are becoming more accessible every year.  To me, the most interesting part of this work is the use of the pneumatic for force feedback and sensing. Source: Diginfo This is a…

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Students create smartphone-powered driverless car

A large group of people in the lab are working on an autonomous vehicle. Although the vehicle does not have any where near the type of sensors that the google car uses, it is still pretty expensive. An impressive idea from some Australian students was to use the sensors of a phone to drive the car. Combining the gps of…

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Robugtix’s 3D-printed T8 spiderbot will terrify your friends for $1,350 (video)

This is a very impressive application of kinematics.  In the world of robotics, especially in our lab, I have not seen many great applications of kinematics as it seems to be pretty straight forward.  The dynamics aspect of robotics is much more of the labs focus and is a really exciting area of research.  In terms of commercial applications, I…

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ATLAS: Performance Professional Comes to Socks

I found this great startup project that has created a new sock.  While the DYROS lab has been doing work on walking and shoe recognition, some people have thought about how this research can influence shoe design itself.  I am not too sure about the research methods used in this product, but it at least sounds convincing.  When talking to…

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Swiss scientists create catbot: a robot that runs like a cat (video)

Source: Engadget Someone call MIT’s researchers and tell them their terrifying cheetah robot has a long-lost teensy sibling in Switzerland. Developed in the laboratories of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the “cheetah-cub robot” is a four-legged metallic critter modeled after a house cat. The scientists focused on designing legs that can move like our feline friends’, paying particular attention to their stability…

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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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