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E-whiskers could give robots cat-like supersenses

E-whiskers could give robots cat-like supersenses

Artificial whiskers made of incredibly thin carbon nanotubes could give robots cat-like sensing abilities and allow hair-thin distributed sensors to track weather patterns and more, researchers at Berkeley claim. The new nanotechnology can differentiate as little pressure as a single Pascal - which the team at Berkeley Lab and University of California Berkeley say is about the same as a dollar bill resting on a table - making them around ten times as sensitive as existing sensors.

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RoboSimian is the NASA JPL entry for the DARPA Robotics Challenge

RoboSimian is the NASA JPL entry for the DARPA Robotics Challenge

There are several teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The contest is to see what team can create a robot that is capable of performing a set of specific tasks. The robots developed may one day be able to help humans in an emergency situation like a nuclear meltdown or other challenge. One of the teams participating is the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory or JPL.

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Google-owned SCHAFT robot wins DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials

Google-owned SCHAFT robot wins DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials

The Google-owned Japanese robotics company SCHAFT has won the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials by a wide margin. It scored 27 out of 32 points, beating its nearest competitor IHMC Robotics by seven points. Coming up third was Tartan rescue with 18 points, and MIT following that with 16 points.

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Carnegie Mellon CHIMP robot to participate in DARPA Robotics Challenge trials this month

Carnegie Mellon CHIMP robot to participate in DARPA Robotics Challenge trials this month

Carnegie Mellon University has been working on its CHIMP robot that will participate in the DARPA Robotic Challenge for a long time. The first time we talked about the robot was in March of this year when CHIMP was first announced. The university has announced that CHIMP will be taking part in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials on December 20-24.

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DARPA X-Plane phase 1 contract granted to Sikorsky

DARPA X-Plane phase 1 contract granted to Sikorsky

Sikorsky as announced that it has been granted a contract by DARPA to develop phase 1 of the X-Plane program. The X-Plane to be designed under the contract is a vertical take off and landing experimental aircraft. The contract is worth $15 million to Sikorsky and will see the company begin development of a high speed aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing and hovering like a helicopter.

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NASA unveils Valkyrie robot for DARPA Robotics Challenge

NASA unveils Valkyrie robot for DARPA Robotics Challenge

DARPA has been hosting a Robotics Challenge since last year that challenged some participants to create robots that can be used in the real world. The official name for the Valkyrie robot given to it by NASA is R5. The bot stands 1.9 meters tall and weighs in at 125 kilograms. The robot has 44 degrees of freedom and is powered by batteries.

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DARPA Robotics Challenge scores four additional teams

DARPA Robotics Challenge scores four additional teams

DARPA, which caught widespread attention when its Cheetah-based Wild Cat robot went viral, has announced that a total of seventeen teams have qualified for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials. With this latest statement, four additional teams have built complete robotic systems, joining thirteen existing teams later this month to have their robots tested at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Boston Dynamics WildCat quadruped robot gallops forth at 16MPH

Boston Dynamics WildCat quadruped robot gallops forth at 16MPH

If the folks at Boston Dynamics didn't terrify your most base instincts to flee from the oncoming robot armies of your nightmares yet, they're about to now. This week the Boston Dynamics WildCat has been introduced - a four-legged running robot made not only to walk on all types of terrain, but to run at full speed with bounding and galloping gaits. If you've got a dog in the room, you may want to cover their eyes before playing the demonstration video in this article.

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DARPA Robotics Challenge Atlas Robot unboxed by MIT

DARPA Robotics Challenge Atlas Robot unboxed by MIT

If you thought the unboxing of the DROID Ultra was amazing, you'll need to sit down to watch the unboxing of the Atlas robot provided by DARPA to MIT. This robot is a humanoid piece of machinery made to work on developing next-generation solutions to dangerous situations where a human-sized being is needed, but it'd be much safer to use a robot. This is all part of the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge initiated earlier this year.

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DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge finalists move forward with life-sized humanoid bot

DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge finalists move forward with life-sized humanoid bot

As the next generation in computing springs forth, so too does the robots world - and with it, replacements for human beings in dangerous situations. What the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge this year is doing is filtering out challengers from across the globe - first from 100 entrants, then down to 26 entrants, then down to a select few or only one team that'll gain the highest prize.

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Robot hand has strength of a strongman, dexterity of a doctor

Robot hand has strength of a strongman, dexterity of a doctor

Huge amounts of money and time are being spent researching robotics for myriad of potential uses in the future. Robots promise the ability to be able to work in environments that are too hazardous for humans. A robot must have the strength and dexterity to handle difficult situations that would confront human beings. A lot of research is being put into creating robotic components that mimic the human body in functionality if not design.

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DARPA divorces satellites for GPS-free tracking chip

DARPA divorces satellites for GPS-free tracking chip

When we think about GPS satellites, most of us think about how the typical consumer uses GPS in their vehicle to get from one place to another. In fact, many people rely so heavily on GPS that in the event of a map problem, some people have literally driven right off the road because they depend so heavily on GPS. While a significant GPS outage for your average consumer might be an annoyance, an outage for the military could be catastrophic.

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