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Helen Greiner's CyPhy Works startup finally out of stealth mode | Boston Globe

Helen Greiner's CyPhy Works startup finally out of stealth mode | Boston Globe | Robotics77 | Scoop.it
Three years after it was founded, Danvers-based CyPhy Works is finally showing off what has been working on this week, unveiling two hovering drones designed for indoor and outdoor operations.
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Humanoid robot walking across a tightrope | Gizmag

Humanoid robot walking across a tightrope | Gizmag | Robotics77 | Scoop.it

A Japanese roboticist that goes by the handle Dr. Guero has managed to get his Primer-V4 hobby robot to walk along a tightrope.

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Is This Tuna-Bot the Future of US Harbor Security? | Gawker

Is This Tuna-Bot the Future of US Harbor Security? | Gawker | Robotics77 | Scoop.it
What's the difference between a tuna fish and an unmanned underwater vehicle? About a million years of purpose-built evolution. That's why the Departm...
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BIOSwimmer: Robotic tuna for hard-to-reach underwater places [phys.org]

BIOSwimmer: Robotic tuna for hard-to-reach underwater places [phys.org] | Robotics77 | Scoop.it

No question about it - they're very good at what they do. But they don't take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh ...

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BBC: 'Talking cars' tested in Michigan to cut road accidents

BBC: 'Talking cars' tested in Michigan to cut road accidents | Robotics77 | Scoop.it

About 2,800 cars have been fitted with a kit that lets them communicate with each other and are currently being tested on a US city's roads. 

The project's focus is to enable the cars to warn drivers of hightened collision risks at crossings with a restricted view, with cars driving in their blind spot, and with sudden breaking of cars in front.

The approach suffers inherent limits, such as requiring a large number of cars to be equipped before it will be truly useful. However, it is interesting because it holds much wider potential. For example, it could provide a stepping stone for other technologies, such as allowing drivers to join automated "road trains" when on a highway. 

 

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Mobil nutzen / Ressourcen nutzen, bestellen / Dienstleistungen / Home - Wissensportal ETH-Bibliothek

Mobil nutzen / Ressourcen nutzen, bestellen / Dienstleistungen / Home - Wissensportal ETH-Bibliothek | Robotics77 | Scoop.it
Wissensportal der ETH-Bibliothek (Im Tram schnell ein Buch suchen und bestellen? Ausleihen checken und verlängern?
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Chameleon robot changes color depending on surroundings

Chameleon robot changes color depending on surroundings | Robotics77 | Scoop.it

A robot that can change colour to either blend in with or stand out from its surroundings has been created by scientists. 

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Disney Research Switzerland's new "face cloning" technique promises more realistic humanoids

Disney Research Switzerland's new "face cloning" technique promises more realistic humanoids | Robotics77 | Scoop.it

In a step towards less (or more) scary humanoid robots, researchers at Disney Research Switzerland have developed a new "face cloning" technique.

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Robot uprising risk to be studied | BBC

Robot uprising risk to be studied | BBC | Robotics77 | Scoop.it
Scientists and philosophers at Cambridge University are to study the likelihood of robots destroying the human race.
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Humanoid robot walking across a tightrope | Gizmag

Humanoid robot walking across a tightrope | Gizmag | Robotics77 | Scoop.it

A Japanese roboticist that goes by the handle Dr. Guero has managed to get his Primer-V4 hobby robot to walk along a tightrope.

 

Please ignore this line .... Test post 2 .... Please ignore this line.

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Robots join the fight against cancer | BBC

Robots join the fight against cancer | BBC | Robotics77 | Scoop.it

Snake robots could be as minimally invasive as possible with today's technology - they would use body orifices or local incisions as points of entry, says Rob Buckingham, managing director at OC Robotics, Bristol.

 

Snake robots could complement a robotic surgical system that has been used for the past decade - the Da Vinci machine, developed by US company Intuitive Surgical.

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A Robot With a Delicate Touch

A Robot With a Delicate Touch | Robotics77 | Scoop.it
Researchers are developing less threatening machines that can mingle safely with humans. One, called Baxter, will be on sale in October.
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Walking paper robot

This is insane - and really cool:

This biped robot is made out of paper, folded with origami precision, and driven by an elastic band.

 

Here's how it's made: <a href="http://www.geocities.jp/kikousya290821/newmpm.htm">H/P MPM (Mechanical Paper Model)</a>.

 

 

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New Wave of Deft Robots Is Changing Global Industry

New Wave of Deft Robots Is Changing Global Industry | Robotics77 | Scoop.it

An article in today's edition of the NY Times gives a comprehensive overview of robotic's influence on assembly lines and warehouses in the manufacturing and distribution industries.

 

Two quotes to get you thinking:

"... the advent of low-cost automation foretells changes on the scale of the revolution in agricultural technology over the last century, when farming employment in the United States fell from 40 percent of the work force to about 2 percent today. The analogy is not only to the industrialization of agriculture but also to the electrification of manufacturing in the past century ..."

 

"We’re on the cusp of completely changing manufacturing and distribution,” said Gary Bradski, a machine-vision scientist who is a founder of Industrial Perception. “I think it’s not as singular an event, but it will ultimately have as big an impact as the Internet."

 

Well worth the read, but a pity that it is wishy-washy on the human jobs issue.

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Video Friday: Squishy Bots, Squishier Bots, and Robot Cars Will Kill Your Grandma [spectrum.ieee.org]

Video Friday: Squishy Bots, Squishier Bots, and Robot Cars Will Kill Your Grandma [spectrum.ieee.org] | Robotics77 | Scoop.it
How many squishy robot videos can you handle? Hopefully, at least two...
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Swiss researchers invent system to spray wolf repellant, text shepherds when their sheep are under attack

Swiss researchers invent system to spray wolf repellant, text shepherds when their sheep are under attack | Robotics77 | Scoop.it

Swiss researchers have developed and successfully tested a collar that measures a sheep's heartbeat. By integrating information from multiple sheep in the flock, the flock's heartbeat was found to be significant enough to allow sending text messages to shepherds to inform them of the imminent attack on their herd. In addition, the collars could be equipped to spray wolf repellant.

 

The system is intended for owners of small stocks. Prototype testing is expected to commence in early 2013 in Switzerland and France.

 

 

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