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Robotics

Dean Kamen: The Future of Robotics

The next great robot… won’t look like a robot at all, according the Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway. Robots will be anywhere and everywhere, but look nothing like C-3PO.  

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Vernor Vinge: How to Prepare for the Singularity

Sci-fi author Vernor Vinge talks about the run-up to a technological singularity and what we can do to engineer the best outcome for humans. The interview is part of IEEE Spectrum’s Singularity Special Report: http://spectrum.ieee.org/singularity   In the report, Vinge also updates his ideas in an article called “Signs of the Singularity”: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/jun08/6306  

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Lasers In Your Living Room

Mitsubishi hopes their new LaserVue TVs will give LCD and Plasma screens a run for their money. The screens use three lasers to scan the screen at 1080p. The main sacrifice is depth-the TV’s are about ten inches thick. IEEE Spectrum http://spectrum.ieee.org caught up with Mitsubishi at NYC’s Digital Experience in July.  

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NI Week 2009 Highlights

A little bit of everything from National Instruments Week: robots that solve a Rubik’s Cube, play the knife/hand game, and musical instruments; a blended phone that catches on fire; and an automated system to sort your beer bottles.  

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DASH: Resilient High-Speed 16-gram Hexapedal Robot

DASH (Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod) is a resilient high-speed 16-gram hexapedal robot. Developed by P. Birkmeyer & R.S. Fearing, Biomimetic Millisystems Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. Video presented at IEEE IROS 2009.  

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AWE Self-Reconfiguring Robotic Wall

AWE (animated work environment) is a robotic wall that can change the spatial characteristics of the work environment, adapting to such activities as collaboration, presentations, and gaming. Developed at Clemson University.  

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Skiing Robot Takes a Fall

Skiing robot navigates autonomously using video camera and other sensors. Developed by Bojan Nemec at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia. Video presented at IEEE/RSJ IROS 2009.  

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Skiing Robot Races Down Snow Slope

Skiing robot navigates autonomously using video camera and other sensors. Developed by Bojan Nemec at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia. Video presented at IEEE/RSJ IROS 2009.  

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Skiing Robot — Bloopers and Outtakes

Skiing robot navigates autonomously using video camera and other sensors. Developed by Bojan Nemec at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia. Video presented at IEEE/RSJ IROS 2009.  

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