Space Robots
November 28, 2016
New standard helps optical trackers follow moving objects precisely
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 25, 2016
Throwing a perfect strike in virtual bowling doesn't require your gaming system to precisely track the position and orientation of your swinging arm. But if you're operating a robotic forklift around a factory, manipulating a mechanical arm on an assembly line or guiding a remote-controlled laser scalpel inside a patient, the ability to pinpoint exactly where it is in three-dimensional (3-D) space is critical. To make that measurement more reliable, a public-private team led by the National Instit ... read more

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Researchers question if banning of 'killer robots' actually will stop robots from killing
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Scientists come up with light-driven motors to power nanorobots of the future
Scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ICP RAS), and Chuiko Institute of Surface Chemistry o ... more
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Artificial-intelligence system surfs web to improve its performance
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Crowd workers help robot keep conversation fresh
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Chemists develop world's first light-seeking synthetic Nanorobot
A team of researchers led by Dr Jinyao Tang of the Department of Chemistry, the University of Hong Kong, has developed the world's first light-seeking synthetic Nano robot. With size comparable to a ... more
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'Bots' step up for 2016 election news coverage
If you're reading about the US election, some of that news is likely to come to you from a "bot." ... more
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US warned against Chinese takeover of German firm: report
The German government withdrew its approval for a Chinese firm to purchase Aixtron, which makes semiconductor equipment, after the US secret services raised security concerns, a German media report said Wednesday. ... more
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Robotic tutors for primary school children
The use of robotic tutors in primary school classrooms is one step closer according to research recently published in the open access journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Dr Imbernon Cua ... more
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Bio-inspired lower-limb 'wearing robotic exoskeleton' for human gait rehab
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Robotic cleaning technique could automate neuroscience research
For scientists listening in on the faint whispers of brain neurons, a first-ever robotic technique for cleaning the tiny devices that record the signals could facilitate a new level of automation in ... more
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Scientists simplify model for human behavior in automation
Human unpredictability is a problem in the increasingly automated systems people use every day. Scientists from Nanjing Institute of Technology's School of Automation in China and the University of ... more
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Germany stalls Chinese takeover of tech firm Aixtron
The German government on Monday said it had withdrawn approval for a Chinese firm to acquire Aixtron, a supplier to the semiconductor industry, amid growing unease over Chinese investment in German companies. ... more
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New mobile robot to support agri-tech experiments in the field
Scientists at the University of Lincoln, UK, have taken delivery of an advanced new mobile robot to support agri-tech experiments at the University's agricultural field station. The Thorvald a ... more
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Stephen Hawking opens British artificial intelligence hub
Professor Stephen Hawking on Wednesday opened a new artificial intelligence research centre at Britain's Cambridge University. ... more
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Computers should be named on patents as inventors, for creativity to flourish
New research published by the University of Surrey in Boston College Law Review is calling for inventions by computers to be legally granted patents. The research states that the rapid increase in c ... more
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Soft robots that mimic human muscles
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Robot customs officers debut in South China ports
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Tech giants race for edge in artificial intelligence
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Omnidirectional mobile robot has just 2 moving parts
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Raytheon developing interface for DARPA's ground vehicle program
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New NIST test bed makes the 'digital thread' accessible
Researchers at the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have launched the Smart Manufacturing Systems (SMS) Test Bed. The test bed is an innovative model ... more
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Your next nurse could be a robot
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