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YuMi -- a Robot for You and Me

December 4, 2014

Robotics company ABB Robotics has unveiled YuMi, a human-friendly dual arm robot that plays well with humans. The machine was designed for small parts assembly, where people and robots work hand-in-hand on the same tasks.

Nypro Healthcare Expands Manufacturing Effort

October 15, 2014

Mass.-based company opens new 200,000-sq-ft facility and brings more jobs, revitalization to the commonwealth.

Video: Google Glass Moves to the Factory Floor

September 16, 2014

Factory floor engineers may soon be able to operate machinery and monitor equipment status simply by tapping their eyeglasses.

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.

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Parasite Drones Will Suck Up City CO2, Give It Back to Plants

By Ann R. Thryft | December 18, 2014

Polish design firm NAS-DRA has proposed parasitic robotic drones that capture carbon dioxide from the air during the day and release it at night to plants growing on their wings.

Watching the Watchmen: The Hows and Whys of Body-Worn Police Cameras

By Chris Wiltz | December 17, 2014

With erupting concern over police brutality, law enforcement agencies are turning to body-worn cameras to collect evidence and protect police and suspects. But how do they work? And are they even really effective?

2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Finalists

By Chris Wiltz | December 15, 2014

UBM Canon, the world's leading advanced design and manufacturing industry resource, and Design News, are pleased to announce the finalists in the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards, a program that celebrates the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering, and manufacturing.

10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids

By Elizabeth Montalbano | December 15, 2014

Here are our 10 favorite science and technology gift ideas for the future engineer in your life.

President Obama Asks You and Your Kids to Try an 'Hour of Code'

By Chris Wiltz | December 11, 2014

As part of Computer Science Education Week, Code.org is asking students of all ages to try their hand at computer programming for one hour. Even President Obama gave it a shot.

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