‘With help from an underwater robotic explorer, researchers are mapping the submerged wreckage of a massive blimp-like airship that crashed off the California coast more than 70 years ago. The USS Macon, a 235.5 metre (785ft) rigid dirigible three times longer than a Boeing 747, was one of the largest aircraft ever built when it [...]
Archive for September, 2006
‘Japan’s Matsushita company on Wednesday unveiled a robotic suit, eyed to be marketed in two years, that will help people who are partially paralysed rehabilitate the rest of their bodies.
When a person who suffered a stroke moves his or her active arm while wearing the suit, the paralysed other arm will make the same motion [...]
‘A team of Korean doctors has successfully completed heart-valve surgery on a female patient using a robot arm for the first time in the country, a Seoul hospital said Tuesday (Sept. 26).
The team led by Jang Byung-cheol, a cardiovascular professor at Yonsei University’s Severance Hospital, conducted the operation Thursday on the 37-year-old woman suffering from [...]
‘Japan’s Matsushita company unveiled a robotic suit, eyed to be marketed in two years, that will help people who are partially paralyzed rehabilitate the rest of their bodies.
When a person who suffered a stroke moves his or her active arm while wearing the suit, the paralyzed other arm will make the same motion by stretching [...]
‘A scientist has designed a remote-operated robotic vehicle which can detect and defuse explosives simultaneously.
Pune-based Defence Research and Development Organisation’s Dilip J Makwana has developed the device which has already passed the first trial and will be incorporated for use by the Indian Army after a second trial, the scientist said.’
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‘Like the four horsemen of the apocalypse, war, terrorism, crime and disaster are driving the development and deployment of fresh armies of robots.
Equipped with “eyes,” “ears” and “noses,” improved mobility and manual dexterity plus rudimentary “intelligence,” many newfangled machines are being tested for use in military situations and civilian catastrophes.’
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‘t’s always interesting to come across something that kills two birds with one stone. You wouldn’t think that neglected robotic puppies and old toxic dump sites had anything in common. As it happens with these two problems, one can be used to solve the other.
They’re not Sony Aibos; they’re lesser breeds, like the Jimmy Neutron [...]
‘IRobot Corp., the maker of dinner-plate-sized robots that vacuum carpets and scrub hard floors, is now venturing into the heavy-duty messes that accumulate on the rough concrete surfaces and thick carpets of garages and workshops.
The maker of consumer and military robots on Wednesday introduced the Dirt Dog Workshop Robot, expanding a lineup of cleaners that [...]
‘Researchers from the NEC System Technologies and Mie University recently developed a wine-tasting robot. By taking only a “sip”, it can distinguish the quality and brand of a wine.
According to the Japanese media, once the robot has tasted the wine, it will name loudly in its childish voice, the brand of the wine as well [...]
‘A robotic leg developed by Toyota has taken a big step forward–or, in this case, up.
Special joints built into the toe and knee of the 3.3-foot leg reportedly allow it to jump as high as 1.6 inches. That may not sound like much, but the mobility could eventually lead to robots that can climb and [...]
‘In the next 50 years, Australian robots will control mines, patrol the coastline and negotiate our harsh agricultural environment, preventing us from risk to our lives. Unmanned aircraft will comb the skies and autonomous vehicles will conduct ground reconnaissance, making Australia a global leader in field robotics.
Those are a few of the scenarios to be [...]
‘This year researchers in South Korea unveiled a lifelike android named EveR-1.
Fifteen motors underneath its silicon skin enable the robot, which looks like a Korean female in her early 20s, to hold a conversation, make eye contact, and appear to express emotions such as joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness. (See a photo of the Korean [...]