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Robotics

KooKoo, the GPS-Enabled Kitty

To track his wandering cat, Mark Spiezio rigged up a cat collar with a lightweight GPS logger. Here’s what he discovered about KooKoo’s secret habits  

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Robotics Soft-Tissue Injury Study

Video part of the report “Soft-Tissue Injury in Robotics,” by Sami Haddadin, Alin Albu-Schaffer, and Gerd Hirzinger at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR – German Aerospace Center, Wessling, Germany.  

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Human-Robot Collision Study

Video part of the “DLR Crash Report: Towards a Standard Crash-Testing Protocol for Robot Safety,” by Sami Haddadin, Alin Albu-Schaffer, Mirko Frommberger, Jurgen Rossmann, and Gerd Hirzinger at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR – German Aerospace Center, Wessling, Germany, and Institute of Man-Machine-Interaction, Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH), Aachen, Germany.  

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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.  

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Humanoid Robot Learning To Fix Satellites

Justin is a dexterous two-arm humanoid developed at DLR, the German space agency. DLR reporter Daniel Finger demonstrates the robot’s teleoperation system at the International Aerospace Exhibition 2010 in Berlin.  

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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.  

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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.  

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Olivia Social Robot

Created at the A*STAR Social Robotics Laboratory (ASORO), part of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology, and Research.  

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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.  

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Autonomous Vehicle Driving Itself on Highway

An autonomous van developed by the University of Parma’s Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (VisLab), drives itself on a highway, as part of a 13,000-km, three-month journey from Italy to China.  

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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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Superfast Robotic Camera Mimics Human Eye

Researchers led by Professor Heinz Ulbrich at the Institute of Applied Mechanics at the Technical University of Munich are developing superfast camera-orientation systems that can reproduce the movements of the human eye.  

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