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Rehab Chair Delivers Right Dose of Tension & Vibration to Patients' Muscles

August 28, 2014

Tolomatic ERD actuator provides high-tolerance, high-force capabilities at a low cost to innovative medical therapy machine.

Baxter the Robot Becomes More Trainable

July 23, 2014

Rethink Robotics has upgraded Baxter the Robot so it can be easily trained by co-workers who simply show the robot how to move.

Video: Roombots Transform Into Reconfigurable Furniture

June 23, 2014

The Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed robotic blocks that autonomously self-assemble to form reconfigurable, adaptive furniture.

Bionic Olympic Games Set for 2016

April 21, 2014

Cybathlon is an Olympic-style competition for those with bionic prosthetics.

DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab

February 27, 2014

As part of President Obama's promise to invest in innovation in American manufacturing, the US Department of Defense has awarded Chicago-based UI Labs $70 million to open the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a research and commercialization institution.

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RFID: Watching the Plant Over the Radio

By Rob Spiegel | September 2, 2014

RFID offers visibility into the plant. What inventory is being consumed? What stuff is being built? What's done and out the door?

Video: Autonomous Military Robots Complete Mission

By Ann R. Thryft | September 2, 2014

More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

Top 20 US Undergraduate Engineering Schools

By Rob Spiegel | August 29, 2014

Take a look at the top 20 US undergraduate engineering programs. Then tell us -- did your school make the cut?

Video: 1,000 Swarming Robots Self-Assemble

By Ann R. Thryft | August 28, 2014

The biggest robot swarm to date is made of 1,000 Kilobots, which can follow simple rules to autonomously assemble into predetermined shapes. Hardware and software are open-source.

Market Your Business Using Portable Display Stands

By Richard Manning | August 27, 2014

Businesses cutting across industries are increasingly making use of portable display stands in the UK for marketing.

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