Category: Robotics

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Robotic Water Pipes Inspectors

Pipe cleaning is a tedious job, but somebody’s gotta do it, why not a robot? The European Union TRACT project is developing a propeller driven robot to do a human’s dirty work. Most robots that perform internal water pipe inspections move along rubber tires or treads which scrape the insides...

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Amazon uses Kiva Robots in their Warehouses

Amazon is all about shopping and selling thousands and thousands of different products all over the United States.  It’s easy to go online and makes purchases and like clockwork have it delivered to our doorstep, but have you ever thought what goes into getting those packages out of the warehouses. ...

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Underwater Robot Sheds New Light on Antarctic Sea Ice

The first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice have been developed using an underwater robot.  Scientists from the UK, USA and Australia say the new technology provides accurate ice thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access. Scientists have used a wide range of technologies...

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Autonomous Robot to Inspect Ship Ballast Tanks

There have been many innovations over the past century, but the shipping industry still requires many processes to be carried out by hand.  Now, a robot that can inspect the ballast water tanks onboard ships will soon be used in the shipping industry. Developed by a team of Dutch and...

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Microbots Designed to Swim Through Body Fluids

Many sci-fi flicks have shown tiny robotic creatures travelling into human bodies to get critical information. Now this fantasy will soon become a reality.  Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgard are experimenting with micro-sized robots that swim through your body fluids and are capable of delivering drugs and...

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Robotic Hair Transplant

Restoration Robotics, a robo surgeon manufacturer from California has produced the first hair transplant robot, a completely automated device to remove intact follicular units from the donor area.  The company has sold its 100th ARTAS robotics system and has harvested its 10 millionth hair follicle. The robot, called ARTAS Robotic...

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Can Robots Land On Their Feet Like Cats?

What can robots learn from cats?  Apparently quite a lot, according to scientists.  Cats have natural instincts and reflexes that allow them to fall gracefully, called their righting ability.  They almost always land on their feet.  So what if robots could do the same?  Researchers at Georgia Tech are turning...

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Rethink Robotics: Humans and Robots Working Together

We live in a world where robotics is becoming our present and future.   We’re sure humans are worried that one day they won’t be needed because a robot can do their job effectively and in the long run economically.  Rethink Robotics, Inc., a Boston based company has designed and created...

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Robot Bartenders and Entertainers on Cruise Ship Quantum of the Seas

Recently we’ve been hearing a lot about robotics. Robotic vacuums, industrial robots, robots working in the field of science. What we haven’t heard about are robotic bartenders. This week, cruise ship company Royal Caribbean International announced that it has partnered with Makr Shakr to create the world’s first ‘bionic bar’...

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OSHBot Robots are the New Hardware Sales Rep

It is such a pain when you’re searching for a specific product at the hardware store and are hopeless. Next time try asking a robot for help.  The retailer, Lowe’s will be equipped with a handy robotic sales representative to assist customer requests with the efficiency and determination only an...

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iRobot Unveils uPoint MRC System to Rule Them ALL!!

Robots are definitely the technology of the future, everywhere from household use to military use. We need to be able to control them that makes life easier, not more complicated. Robot maker iRobot Corporation (IRBT) recently unveiled a multi-robot controller (MRC), uPoint Multi-Robot Control system. This system can be used...

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BUDGEE – The Following Robot

We’ve all dreamed of having a robotic assistant like Star Wars’ R2D2 or Rosie, the house cleaning robot of the Jetsons. Well our dreams might just come true.  How cool would it be to have your own personal robot follow you around and carry your things.  A new generation of...

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PLANTOID: Building a Robot To Mimic Plants

Recently we have seen plenty of animal inspired robots, such as the cheetah, snake, and pollution sensing fish, but we haven’t seen much inspiration drawn from plants, maybe because we just feel their only job is to release oxygen. Well, Europe’s PLANTOID project consortium is currently in the process of...

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Toshiba’s New Signing Robot for the Elderly

Toshiba introduced its very own take on the human-looking droid at Japan’s CEATAC electronics trade show this week. The communication android has been built to communicate in Japanese sign language, requiring fluid and precise movement of its arms and hands. The android, which has blinking eyes and a fixed smile...

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