Robotics

Microsoft releases Robotics dev toolkit for Kinect droids

Microsoft releases Robotics dev toolkit for Kinect droids

Microsoft has released its Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4), helping robot builders integrate Kinect into their DIY hardware, while a reference hardware platform, Eddie, has also been launched. Meanwhile, Microsoft has also announced its ten finalists of the Robotics@Home competition. The RDS4 toolkit includes simulators so that users can create virtual 'bots without any actual hardware to hand, but the real fun starts when you plug a Kinect into a laptop and some servos.

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Navy humanoid robot can put out fires

Navy humanoid robot can put out fires

A firefighting robot is actually not that new of an idea. When you think about the benefits of building a robot, sticking it into places where humans cannot safely traverse is pretty much the first concept. However, creating a robot that can put out fires and actually walks around like a normal human is something that could be revolutionary.

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New York scientists prove robotic fish can fit in

New York scientists prove robotic fish can fit in

One of the most widely known but not fully understood processes in the animal kingdom is when fish swim together in a pack, or as it's more commonly referred to, a "school." A pair of researchers at New York's Polytechnic Institute decided that building a robotic fish and manipulating the way it moves would allow them to create controlled experiments to figure out why seeing a school of fish is so common.

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Korean-developed robot can help fight fires

Korean-developed robot can help fight fires

We've seen a lot of stories about state-of-the-art robotics being used for military applications. After all, one of the best potential uses for having an impervious remote-controlled object is to send it into places that are too dangerous for actual humans to enter. However, those situations don't just exist in war zones; they can happen right in your backyard, for example if there is a fire.

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“Romeo” robot aims to be helpful, is creepy

“Romeo” robot aims to be helpful, is creepy

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But how sweet is the latest advancement in personal caretaking robots? This creation, known affectionately as Romeo, says he will functional enough to assist humans with their chores later this year. At least, that's what his creators programmed to say in a YouTube video designed to show the progress they's made in the last couple years.

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Harvard researchers highlight robots made from DNA

Harvard researchers highlight robots made from DNA

Scientists have managed to create a robot created entirely out of DNA, an advancement that could make it possible to effectively kill cancer cells or other diseases that don't have a simple cure. The microscopic robots use incredibly sophisticated directives that seek out specific cells. Then, based on the robot's programming the cells are either destroyed or reprogrammed.

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Cornell University engineers develop dart-throwing, basketball-shooting robot

Cornell University engineers develop dart-throwing, basketball-shooting robot

Engineers from Cornell University have teamed up with the University of Chicago and managed to put their minds together to create a robotic creation that will forever serve manking - it can play darts with extreme precision no matter how long it's been in the bar. Actually, it's not even a full-flung robot. Right now it's just the arm, but its ability to spot targets and aim accordingly is remarkable.

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Scientists create hockey-playing robot, in Canada of course

Scientists create hockey-playing robot, in Canada of course

When they're not making scientific advancements in maple syrup, Canadians generally turn their attention to hockey. Okay, that's all for this round of stereotypical news headlines, but seriously, researchers in Canada have taken the time to create an autonomous humanoid robot that can play hockey. The robot, named Jennifer, is capable of maneuvering around ice and shooting pucks with precision into a goal. In other words, she's more athletic than me.

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