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Month: May 2011

Robotics | IoT

Honing household helpers: Computer scientists work toward improving robots’ ability to plan and perform complex actions, domestically and elsewhere

Imagine a robot able to retrieve a pile of laundry from the back of a cluttered closet, deliver it to a washing machine, start the cycle and then zip off to the kitchen to start preparing dinner. This may have been a domestic dream a half-century ago, …

Applying neuroscience to robot vision

Scientists are attempting to replicate human attributes and abilities such as detailed vision, spatial perception and object grasping in robots.

Sex With Robots? An Industry Review.

… Ashley Madison, an online dating site for married people seeking affairs, reported a massive surge in female memberships the day after Mother’s Day.
… Women represent 65% of adult sex toy purchasers, particularly “smart” toys a…

Graduating Without A Wheelchair

… CBS News Sunday Morning featured a UC Berkeley graduate who was able, using an exoskeleton constructed by UC Berkeley’s Robotics & Human Engineering Laboratory, to stand and accept his diploma.
… Just down the road is Berkeley Bionics, …

Controling robotic arms is child’s play

Move your arm and the robot imitates your movement. This type of intuitive handling is now possible thanks to a new input device that will simplify the control of industrial robots in the future. But that is not all: The sensor system can also help reg…

Robotics: A tiltable head could improve the ability of undulating robots to navigate disaster debris

Researchers have built a robot that can penetrate and “swim” through granular material. In this study, they show that by varying the shape of the robot’s head or by tilting it up or down, they can control the robot’s vertical movement in complex enviro…

Practice can make search-and-rescue robot operators more accurate

Urban search and rescue task forces are essential for locating, stabilizing, and extricating people who become trapped in confined spaces following a catastrophic event. Sometimes the search area is too unstable for a live rescue team, so rescuers have…

Robot engages novice computer scientists

Learning how to program a computer to display the words “Hello World” once may have excited students, but that hoary chestnut of a lesson doesn’t cut it in a world of videogames, smartphones and Twitter. One option to take its place and engage a new ge…