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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.

ACS ServoBoost Algorithm Boosts Servo Performance

January 31, 2014

ACS Motion Control's ServoBoost algorithm was designed to identify disturbances in real-time while also analyzing the root cause, compensating for it, and attenuating its impact. This results in decreased move and settle time, the ability to handle significant changes in load, and the elimination of cogging and similar issues.

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15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV

By Rob Spiegel | July 25, 2014

Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.

20 Engineers From the World of Sports

By Charles Murray | July 23, 2014

From pitchers and forwards to quarterbacks and defensemen, we offer a peek at some of the more memorable engineers in sports history.

16 Robot Stars From the 1970s

By Rob Spiegel | July 22, 2014

Robots came into their own in the 1970s. Gone were the low-budget black-and-white B movies. Now robots roamed in full-color feature films with A-list actors.

Will Robots Give Jobs or Take Them Away?

By Ann R. Thryft | July 21, 2014

Lots of people who write about robots say they give us jobs, instead of taking them away from humans. Based on the evidence in some recent studies, I'm not so sure.

Robot Can Detect Gas Pipe Leaks

By Ann R. Thryft | July 18, 2014

A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.

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