Honda Ships 100 Walking Assist Stride Management Wearable Robot Thingys

Source : http://en.akihabaranews.com/ Honda’s Walking Assist with Stride Management: Coming to a Hospital Near You! If, that is, you’re connected to one of 50 Japanese medical institutions now testing and evaluating a pair of the semi-robotic exoskeletal assistive devices. Honda breaks down the what’s-it-do-and-how as follows: “The [Walking Assist Device’s] control computer activates motors based on information obtained from hip…

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CMU Snake Robot Trial at Nuclear Power Plant

Source : robots.net (http://robots.net/article/3610.html) A CMU press release (PDF format) describes a recent field test of CMU’s modular snake robot in which it navigates inside an Austrian nuclear power plant. The robot moved through pipes, open valves, and inside various types of vessels. The Zwentendorf nuclear power plant was built in the 1970s but never made operational and lacks any…

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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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