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Willow Garage Shows Off PR2 Robot

Press conference held by Willow Garage, a robotics firm in Menlo Park, Calif., to discuss its PR2 Beta Program, in which 11 institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Japan will receive PR2 robots to develop new applications. The event, which took place 26 May 2010, was recorded via Texai telepresence robot created by Willow Garage.  

Little Soccer Robots Dribble, Kick, Score

The Darmstadt Dribblers have some of the most impressive humanoid robots in the RoboCup competition. For the second year in a row, the team from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, became the champions in the kid-size humanoid league.  

Robots Preparing To Defeat Humans in Soccer

Can a team of soccer-playing robots beat the human world champions by 2050? That’s the ultimate goal of RoboCup, an international tournament where teams of soccer robots compete in various categories, from small wheeled bots to adult-size humanoids.  

The Cyborg Fly Project

Researchers at ETH Zurich’s Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems have used a fruit fly to steer a mobile robot through an obstacle course. They call it the Cyborg Fly.  

Nose-Controlled Electric Wheelchair

Israeli researchers have developed a device that converts nasal pressure into electrical signals, which could enable paralyzed people to type text and surf the Web. In this video, the researchers, led by Noam Sobel, a professor of neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, demonstrate “sniff control” of an electric wheelchair.  

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