Robotics

Roomba makers iRobot trialling RP-VITA medical robot

Roomba makers iRobot trialling RP-VITA medical robot

iRobot, the creators of the popular Roomba cleaning robot, have created a medical assistant dubbed RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant) aimed at being used in hospitals. RP-VITA is the result of a $6 million investment in InTouch, with the robot able to navigate hospitals using a myriad of sensors, such as sonar, a laser range finder, and two cameras. The robot is also able to intelligently create a map of the designated hospital, although it’s primarily navigated using a joystick by a remote doctor.

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NASA Robonaut 2 Simulator stack now available for public download

NASA Robonaut 2 Simulator stack now available for public download

The real Robonaut 2 may be up in the International Space Station helping astronauts with day-to-day activities, but now NASA is giving you the chance to have your own Robonaut 2 to experiment with (in a manner of speaking). NASA recently released the Robonaut 2 Simulator stack through ROS (Robot Operating System) and is inviting those with the know-how to download the stack and see what they can get the virtual Robonaut 2 to do.

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Scientists develop most advanced robotic legs yet

Scientists develop most advanced robotic legs yet

Scientists from the University of Arizona have developed the most accurate robotic replication of human legs that take it beyond just human-like movement. The robot, which can walk just like a human, will be able to help them understand how human babies start learning how to walk and how to better treat spinal related injuries.

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DARPA kickstarts research into robot Viagra

DARPA kickstarts research into robot Viagra

Researchers at DARPA are working on robots with hugely increased power efficiency, chasing human-style actuation that would prolong battery life and significantly extend robotic runtime. The M3 Actuation program has set an ambitious 2,000-percent increase in power-transmission and application in robots, improving performance not only in areas like search & rescue and drones, but advanced prosthetic limbs and other fields.

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iRobot announces Roomba 790 with remote control

iRobot announces Roomba 790 with remote control

Everybody is probably familiar with the Roomba, offered by iRobot. Set it down and it’ll begin its merry journey of cleaning your floor while avoiding obstacles and perils along the way. While it’s intelligent enough to work around objects, users could never tell the robot exactly where to go, but iRobot has fixed that with the new Roomba model introduced today, the Roomba 790.

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i-SODOG robotic canine obeys your smartphone

i-SODOG robotic canine obeys your smartphone

Major Japanese toy manufacturer Takara Tomy is developing a new breed of robotic dogs. Similar to the company's i-SOBOT humanoid robot, the i-SODOG also features several joints fitted with custom designed servo motors and comes with a dedicated remote control. However, the i-SODOG can also be controlled via your smartphone.

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Robotic fish is accepted by real fish

Robotic fish is accepted by real fish

The latest study involving advancements in robotic technology has an end result that by all accounts is pretty amazing - a robot designed to look like a zebrafish was fully accepted into a school of other zebrafish. That is, male zebrafish swarmed around the robotic female fish in the same way they would a real fish.

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Joggobot is your robotic jogging companion

Joggobot is your robotic jogging companion

Let's face it - jogging is one of the best forms of exercise, but sometimes it can get incredibly boring. Jogging is certainly an activity that's better with a partner, but not all of us have the luxury of a jogging buddy who can join us at a moment's notice. So, a group of researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia have designed a robot to fill that void.

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Japanese robot readied for nuclear reactor

Japanese robot readied for nuclear reactor

Robots have their many uses, and one of the most important relates to disaster response efforts. One such unit was sent by the US to the Fukushima power plant after it was damaged by the earthquake and flooding last year, but Japan is hard at work creating its own such units. A robotics lab has created a second prototype that will eventually be used at Fukushima once it has been fully completed.

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Australia to test ‘tour guide robot’

Australia to test ‘tour guide robot’

If you thought navigating through crowded museums was a hassle right now, just wait until you have to watch out for speeding robots that people are able to control from anywhere in the world. Okay, so that's kind of a sign of where the future may lead, but for now, the idea of bringing in a robotic creature into an Australian museum will have a tepid presence, and its accessibility will be limited to school children.

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