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Goal to build more than 30 more KASPARs to help children with autism

Researchers in the UK have a goal to build over 30 more KASPAR robots to help children with autism.

Robotic telescope network with access via Internet to be built

Internauts will be able to connect to 17 telescopes on four continents to share observation time. A world network of robotic telescopes is to be developed as part of a European citizen science project that has just kicked off in Spain. The network, to …

iWalk expanding availability of lower limb bionic prosthetics

… MIT spinoff iWalk now producing a leg system that replaces the combined functions of the foot, ankle and calf regions of the human body for amputees.
… Prosthetic emulates or even augments physiological function through electromechanical replacem…

MS Donates 2,500 Kinects to F.I.R.S.T.

… The Kinect sensor will be a valuable enhancement to the FIRST robot competition experience. Teams will be able to either program their robots to respond to their own custom gestures, or use default code and gestures.
… The Kinect sensor includes…

Five Finalists Chosen for RoboBowl Healthcare Robotics Competition

… Five finalists in the RoboBowl next-generation competition for healthcare robotic devices hosted by CMU were announced. Each wins $5,000. The best of the five wins another $20,000.
… Proposals include (1) personalized video games and robotics for…

James Cameron wins Popular Mechanics’ 2011 Leadership Award

… Cameron wins Breakthrough Leadership Award not only for technologies he has pioneered for his movies, but for his other explorations in providing 3D cameras for NASA’s next Mars rover, for underwater exploration, shipwreck hunting, and for RO…

Notes from IROS 2011 San Francisco

… Week long conference on intelligent robots and systems had presentations, exhibitions, demonstrations and interactive sessions.
… Read one observer’s picks for most interesting, crowd pleasing and unusual presentations and demonstrations at…

Yaskawa Porting ROS to Robot Line

… Southwest Research Institute porting Willow Garage’s Open Source ROS Robotic Operating System to Yaskawa line of Motoman robots.
… Work to be done by Q1 2012.
… “The next step for industrial robotics is to be more sensor aware; to b…

PerkinElmer acquires Caliper Life Sciences for $600 million

… Both companies design, produce and market lab automation robots.
… Sale will be finalized in two months.

IFR Says Robots Did Well In 2010

… Industrial robot sales almost doubled compared to 2009 – to $5.7 billion – with the auto and electronics industries as the main drivers.The IFR expects China to become the world’s largest market for robots by 2014. For the first time, global …