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Daksh Is Cynosure of All Eyes

Scientists from India's Research and Development Establishment have developed Daksh, a robot designed to detect and dispose of hazardous objects. 

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Boston University Engineers Trying to Improve UAVs

Boston University engineers are implementing a theoretical approach to optimize automated mission control, which describes mid-level control approaches that go...

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Innovative Techniques Applied to Visual Navigation by Mobile Robots

University of the Basque Country researchers are studying how hyperspectral images can be applied to mobile robots with the goal of enhancing the robots' capacity...

Walking, Talking Doll: Japanese Scientists ­nveil Female Android
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Walking, Talking Doll: Japanese Scientists ­nveil Female Android

Japanese scientists worked with robot manufacturer Kokoro to develop a female android that can mimic a person's facial expression. 

Robot Soon Able to Operate Inside Mri Scanners
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Robot Soon Able to Operate Inside Mri Scanners

Researchers at the University of Twente's MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology, in partnership with Radboud University, are working to develop robot-assisted...

Robot Pruner May Cut Vineyard Labor Costs
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Robot Pruner May Cut Vineyard Labor Costs

Vino Farms is one of several farms in California that have invested in the development of a new machine that uses vision systems to mechanically prune vine spurs...

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Could Robots Help Older People Look After Themselves

Researchers are participating in a European project aimed at developing an intelligent system comprised of a robot and smart sensors that can support independent...

Robots, Space Technology Run Australia's Mining Miracle
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Robots, Space Technology Run Australia's Mining Miracle

Rio Tinto plans to use satellite, motion-sensor technology, and robotics to become the most technologically advanced mining company in the world. 

The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself
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The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself

Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of the world's most brilliant—and controversial—android makers, has built android copies of a child, a woman, and now, himself.

­pc Students Try to Send a Spherical Robot to the Moon
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­pc Students Try to Send a Spherical Robot to the Moon

Students at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya's Castelldefels School of Technology are working with Team FREDNET to place a small robot named PicoRover on...

Nasa Mars Rover Getting Smarter as It Gets Older
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Nasa Mars Rover Getting Smarter as It Gets Older

Software uploaded to NASA's Mars exploration rover Opportunity gives the rover the ability to make its own choices about whether to make additional observations...

Swarms of Helicopter Robots Could Create Huge 3-D Displays
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Swarms of Helicopter Robots Could Create Huge 3-D Displays

The Flyfire project at MIT's SENSEable City Laboratory is creating tiny LED-equipped helicopters that will move in concert to create dramatic, free-form displays...

Fast, Strong Deltabot Moves Forward in the Robotics Market
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Fast, Strong Deltabot Moves Forward in the Robotics Market

A research team at the University of Waterloo has built DeltaBot, a robot that uses cables for arms instead of rigid components and has a cylinder in the middle...

Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers
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Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers

The AMARSi project aims to build humanoid robots that can autonomously learn and develop motor skills in open-ended environments just as humans do.

Software: Running Commentary For Smarter Surveillance?
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Software: Running Commentary For Smarter Surveillance?

Cutting-edge surveillance software that automatically detects human motion, behaviour and facial expressions, generates a running commentary of what's happening...

Safety Issues Loom as Humanoid Invasion Approaches
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Safety Issues Loom as Humanoid Invasion Approaches

As robot technology advances, and their use puts them in closer contact with humans, safety has become a top priority for some researchers. 

Japan Baby-Robot Teaches Parenting Skills
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Japan Baby-Robot Teaches Parenting Skills

Tsukuba University engineering students have developed Yotaro, a baby humanoid robot designed to teach young people about parenting. 

Could This Be The Robot Servant Who Will Serve You Breakfast In Bed?
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Could This Be The Robot Servant Who Will Serve You Breakfast In Bed?

Tokyo University researchers have created Kojiro, a humanoid robot that is learning to mimic how people walk. 

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Context Is Ev . . . Well, Something, Anyway

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a way to improve object recognition systems by using information about their context. 

Machine-Learning Revolutionizes Software Development
From ICT Results

Machine-Learning Revolutionizes Software Development

Automation technology has revolutionized the fine-tuning needed to maximize software performance on devices such as mobile phones.
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