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DARPA working on low-cost robot hands, aims to make yours even more idle (video)

In a bid to crush those typically high robot-making costs, DARPA and its business partners (including iRobot) reckon they can now build high-end robot hands for under $3,000, down from what was once a $10,000 premium. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, the government, specifically the Pentagon, is …

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Willow Garage debunks collapse rumors, reinvents itself as a commercial company

We've been tracking Willow Garage's fortunes since 2009, so when we heard rumors that the company wasn't long for this earth, we were concerned. Fortunately, the PR2 maker has hit back at the scuttlebutt, saying instead that the start-up is becoming a commercial entity in order to become self …

How to live with robots

As machines grow ever more intelligent, they're emerging not just as powerful tools, but close companions. These talks -- while offering some whizzy …

Researchers Build A Robot That Will Beat You At Air Hockey

Researchers at Japan’s Chiba University have built a robot that’s capable of playing air hockey. And it will beat you. Not with brute force, but with strategy.<p>The setup uses a regular air hockey table. The robot is controlled by an external PC, and is equipped with two high speed cameras capable of …

Willow Garage may sell its Velo robot gripper early, if you ask nicely

Some have called Willow Garage's health into question lately, but the company may have a minor hit on its hands -- if through an unexpected channel. The firm has seen a strong enough response to its Velo robot gripper that it's mulling an early sale of the device this fall, at an educational price …

Video Gamers Really Do See More

Hours spent at the video gaming console not only train a player's hands to work the buttons on the controller, they probably also train the brain to …

Simplifying the process of mapping and modeling with low cost sensors

During his internship at Willow Garage, Alex Ichim, from EPFL Switzerland concentrated his efforts on simplifying the process of using off-the-shelf …

An Internet for robots

Cloud-computing platform for robots launched<p>Researchers of five European universities have developed a cloud-computing platform for robots. The …

Sensors in Smartphones: Galaxy S4 Adds Pressure, Temperature, and Humidity Sensors

Samsung recently launched their latest salvo in the smartphone wars, the Galaxy S4. Most tech writers couldn’t decide whether they’d rather be bored …

The Robot Bartender Debut!

Sir Mix-a-Bot, the Robot Bartender

We’ve seen a lot of drinkbots here on MAKE in nearly every configuration. However, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one as polished and elegant as Dave Zucker’s project, called Sir Mix-a-Bot. It’s a PUMA arm, the sort used for manufacturing, mounted on an elegantly veneered table with liquor and mixer …

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Unbounded Robotics: The Next Willow Garage Spin-Off?

For the last several months, a number of Willow Garage employees have been transitioning over to some of Willow's spin-off companies, including the …

More than a good eye: Robot uses arms, location and more to discover objects

A robot can struggle to discover objects in its surroundings when it relies on computer vision alone. But by taking advantage of all of the …

See The World’s Most Famous Men As The World’s Most Beautiful Women

It’s insane that Nicolas Cage has never played a man in drag, considering the wide range of weird hairstyles and weirder personalities he’s taken on over the years. Perhaps one day he’ll tackle the cross-dressing character he was born to play. Until then, though, we’ll have this photo of him (and …

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LROD system helps robots to discover objects for themselves

One problem with household robots is that robots in general have a lot of trouble dealing with unstructured environments or, as we like to call it, …

Robotics

Startup Spotlight: Industrial Perception Building 3D Vision Guided Robots

<b>This is the first post in our Startup Spotlight series featuring new robotics companies from around the world. We're inviting representatives from</b> …

Low-Cost Robot Hand Can (Almost) Change A Tire

DARPA's three-fingered artificial hand is great at grasping, but can't quite manipulate tools.<p>The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on making dexterous robot hands to search for explosive devices, use tools, provide amputees with helpful replacements, and maybe even change …

Robots Reach through a Cluttered World

Watch A Super-Dexterous Robot Hand Use Tweezers

It can also pick up batteries and basketballs, use a key to open a door, and operate a drill!<p>Robots, while awesome, tend to be clumsy in unpredictable human environments. Machines that use hands as deftly as humans do, with only minimal direction, would be a tremendous boon to rescue and hazardous …

Should We Fear The Rise Of The Robots?

In the Terminator series, John Connor and his mother fight to prevent Judgement Day, the moment when the computer system Skynet becomes self aware, decides humans are a threat and moves to wipe us out.<p>In the real world, we have our own version of Judgement Day called the Singularity and many can’t …

Columbia University's low-cost robotic arm is controlled by facial muscles, we go face-on (video)

We've seen Emotiv's Epoc headset control cars and trapeze acts, but now a small posse of students at Columbia University is teaching it how to control a robotic arm. The appendage, aptly named ARM for Assistive Robotic Manipulator, was envisioned as a wheelchair attachment to help the disabled. …

Robot learns to recognize objects on its own

When all the humans went home for the day, a personal-assistant robot under development in a university lab recently built digital images of a pineapple and a bag of bagels that were inadvertently left on a table – and figured out how it could lift them.<p>The researchers didn't even know the objects …

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MIT creates autonomous flat-pack furniture assembling IKEABot - ExtremeTech

By on May 8, 2013 at 9:10 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>You might not’ve realized it as you …

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How Will We Keep Track Of Our Robot Minions?

In the future, when machines run our lives, we'll need a way to keep tabs on all those helper bots. Two researchers have come up with a solution.<p>The trickiest part of a future filled with helpful robots (think Roombas, but for everything) is keeping track of them all. Researchers at Wayne State …

Watch Robots Fight With Lightsabers At Google I/O [TCTV]

Meet the PR2 personal robot from Willow Garage. The human-sized bot can learn to fold clothes and do other activities via voice commands, and it can even get into sword fights. Watch as I challenge the PR2 to a lightsaber duel today at Google I/O, and learn how Willow Garage could help anyone run …

DARPA robot hand picks up keys, 50-pound weights

The robotic hand is durable enough to survive being hit with a baseball bat and, at $3,000 apiece, is relatively cheap.<p>Mimicking the human grasp is no easy feat. Robotic hands tend to be clunky and expensive.<p>But now, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is showing off a robotic hand that's …

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