Robot-driven cars get next challenge

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In late 2007, the next Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Grand Challenge will take place. It’s a car race with robots at the wheel. The race will go down in a mock urban area that is made up to look like a city, with intersections, traffic circles, and other obstacles. Unlike last year’s Grand Challenge, […]

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A “robotic” gearbox from Renault

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While images of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2 are immediately conjured up by the idea of robots taking over the world, Renault isn’t set to release Cyberdyne on the world just yet. Instead, the automaker has designed a gearbox that comes with a robot inside. To be fitted into its Modus grocery getter, the “Quickshift5″ […]

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Navy orders more iRobot bomb destroyers

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More robots are on the way, and the Navy couldn’t be happier. The U.S. Navy has placed an order for 213 more iRobot bomb disposal robot systems, for a cost of US$26 million. The bots are PackBOT MTRS (Man Transportable Robotic System) and sport advanced tools and sensors that keep the humans at a safe […]

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Researchers’ dream: bacteria to power robots

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Think of it as electronic photosynthesis. A team of researchers made up of scientists from two American universities envisions using a strain of bacteria as a power source. Specifically, the bacteria strain is Shewanella oneidensis. Its utility comes from its waste, which is electrons. The bacteria eats metal and spits out the excess electrons. The […]

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Jindo the robot dog knows more tricks than Aibo

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If you were a fan of Aibo, Sony’s robot dog, and you were sad to see him go out of production, this news will make you happy. Jindo is a new robot dog which Korean inventor Eungsang Park claims is much more advanced than Aibo. It is designed for running, so you can take it […]

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Citizen Eco-Be is one tiny rolling robot

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Several companies are at work trying to make better and better robots. Citizen hasn’t been one of them up to now, but they have unveiled the Eco-Be, a miniature two wheeled robot that is driven by a watch motor from the Citizen line of watches. A watch battery powers it, since it requires a very […]

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Voice-Activated R2-D2 AstroMech Robot from Hammacher

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R2-D2 it is you. It IS you! Forget the R2 models and figures you played with in the past, this Voice-Activated R2-D2 from Hammacher Schlemmer is the real deal. So real, you’d swear Kenny Baker was inside pulling the strings. R2 interacts in much the same way most “smart” robot toys do. With full dome-swiveling […]

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Surgery in space will be possible with robots

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Up until now, if you were in space and you needed surgery you were pretty much out of luck. Well, not anymore. A team of researchers at the University of Nebraska have come up with a series of small robots which can perform surgery in orbit while doctors on earth direct their use. The robots […]

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USRobotics forays in VoIP Products, Internet Phone Launch Next Month

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USRobotics this week announced its foray into the $493 million Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment market. The company has planned to begin launching its VoIP products beginning next month, the initial line up to be introduced in the market will include a USB internet phone, VoIP telephone adapter, USB speaker phone and a 4-port […]

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U.S. Robotics launches 802.11g USB Adapter

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U.S. Robotics announced a new 802.11g Wireless USB 2.0 device. This device will be both USB 1.1 and 2.0 compliant and will use accelerated 802.11g technology for up to 25% better performance. U.S. Robotics plan is to make it easier for businesses and home users to connect to wireless networks by releasing this product. It […]

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SK Telecom unveils Security Robot

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According to Korea Times — “A new sophisticated robot will be able to guard your home around the clock and keep you informed on what’s happening in the house through your handset even when you are far away. The nation’s top mobile carrier, SK Telecom, on Monday unveiled the security robot, which is to be […]

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Epson Develops World’s Smallest Flying Microrobot

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Tokyo, Japan — Seiko Epson Corporation has developed the uFR (“Micro Flying Robot”), the world’s smallest flying prototype microrobot. Epson developed the uFR to demonstrate the micromechatronics technology that it has cultivated in-house over the years and to explore the possibilities for microrobots and the development of component technology applications. The company displayed its latest […]

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Samsung Unveils High-tech Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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The home will never be the same again. Renowned for its innovation, Samsung Electronics has unveiled a trailblazing product that may transform the domestic environment forever – the Samsung VC-RP30W vacuum cleaner. The ultra high-tech robot vacuum cleaner VC-RP30W has been revealed at the DigitAll Inspiration 2003 product showcase. The Samsung cleaner draws a 3-D […]

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Sony Unveils the ERS-7 Third Generation AIBO Entertainment Robot

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Entertainment Robot America (ERA), the division of Sony Electronics Inc. (SEL) responsible for the iconic series of autonomous AIBO(R) Entertainment Robots, announced today that it is delivering a highly-evolved, floppy-eared, third generation robotic dog. Available in pearlescent white, the newly designed, futuristic ERS-7 AIBO model provides the greatest degree of autonomous behavior and functionality to […]

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iRobot Roomba Robotic FloorVac Gets Even Smarter

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iRobot, creator of the first affordable robotic vacuum, today added two new models to its popular Roomba(R) Robotic FloorVac family, offering consumers more power and control than ever before. The Roomba Pro, in blue, and the Roomba Pro Elite, in red, offer extra-strength cleaning for really dirty spots and navigation by remote control, so people […]

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