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Ashghal to use robot traffic control

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Ashghal to use robot traffic control  | AMEinfo.com.  Qatar is going to use robots to direct traffic in its various construction projects.

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December 28, 2009 at 9:09 am

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Snakebots on a Pole

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Innovative locomotion has been a hallmark of robot design.  In addition to walking, rolling, and hopping, there is now snakelike compression and climbing which allows the snakebot to climb poles.  The design will allow the robots to work in very dangerous locations, at least dangerous for humans.

The specific application that keeps being mentioned is in construction work on tall buildings.   Pretty soon, not even stairs will be an obstacle to a robot that wants to kill us.

MSNBC 1/20/2009 Climbing no obstacle for snakebots

Written by luminousx

January 20, 2009 at 7:22 am

Self-Powered Sensors

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I’m not entirely sure this is ‘robotic’ in nature but I see this as an important ‘next step’ in the development of autonomous machines.  Engineers at Kansas State University have developed ‘energy harvesting’ sensor that transmit data wirelessly.  The concept really isn’t that revolutionary since wireless sensors exist all over in all sorts of forms.  An example given in this story is a wireless temperature sensor that someone may have outside their home that sends information to a home station inside.  The big difference is that sensor has a battery that will need to be replaced and the technology the Kansas State University engineers have developed allows the sensor to produce its own energy.  Again, this isn’t unknown but it is the development of a low powered radio which doesn’t require a lot of energy to perform.  Small solar cells could be enough to give the sensor the power it needs to perform its tasks.

k-state.edu 12/17/2008 K-State engineers working with Peregrine semiconductor to develop energy-harvesting radios

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December 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm

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Robot Invasion of Mars

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I-SWARM, a robotic project that allows thousands of tiny (cenimeters long) scampering robots to communicate and coordinate like a colony of ants may be sent to Mars.  A swarm of robots provides a lot of backup so the failure of one unit does not mean the entire mission fails.

The researchers are now working on developing swarms of robots that can reconfigure themselves and assemble autonomously into larger robots as part of the EU-funded projects Symbrion and Replicator, with financing totalling EUR 5.3 million and EUR 5.41 million, respectively.

Symbrion and Replicator sound quite ominous.  Cool? Scary? Cool?  Scary-cool?

Cordis 12/3/2008 Life on Mars? It may come faster with robots

Written by geekmom99

December 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Robots on Parade for Thanksgiving

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I wanted to post a heart warming Thanksgiving based robot story and found one.  It’s a Thanksgiving Miracle!

Okay, I don’t think it is all that heart warming but it is a Thanksgiving robot story.  Lawrence Technological University puts on an annual parade of robots around Thanksgiving (this year it was on the 22nd of November).  The robots built by middle and high school students need to be fully autonomous, able to follow the parade route, and be able to detect the other robots so there are no collisions.

At the RoboParade website, there is a video of past Thanksgiving parades. Might be more entertaining than the Macy parade.

Written by inflagrantecomputo

November 26, 2008 at 11:28 am

Homeland Security Puts Robots to the Test

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Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate held an exercise in Texas to help formulate a methodology by which rescue robots can be evaluated.  Standards are necessary even as the technology evolves so developers have benchmarks to compare their work.

Science Daily 11/25/2008 Rescue Robot Exercise Brings Together Robots, Developers, First Responders

Written by luminousx

November 25, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Robots Improve Navigation with Micro-GPS

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Evolution Robotics, Inc. have built a means for robots to successfully navigate indoor areas, increasing their effectiveness and allowing for even greater autonomous movement.  Northstar 2.0 will soon be built into vacuuming robots to make them more efficient and smart.

MarketWatch 11/24/2008 Evolution Robotics’ NorthStar 2.0 Wins Robotics Development Innovator Awards’

Written by luminousx

November 24, 2008 at 9:03 pm

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