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Robotic arm probes chemistry of 3-D objects by mass spectrometry

A new robotic system at Georgia Tech's Center for Chemical Evolution could soon let scientists better simulate and analyze the chemical reactions of early Earth on the surface of real rocks to further test the theory that catalytic minerals on a meteorite's surface could have jump-started life's first chemical reactions.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2014

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ROS: software components for industrial robotics

Already firmly established among the research community, ROS is now set to become the industry standard. The open-source 'Robot Operating System' (ROS) offers a host of highly developed software components that can be efficiently employed also for industrial applications.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2014

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If you want to trust a robot, look at how it makes decisions

Robots, and autonomous systems in general, can cause anxiety and uncertainty, particularly as their use in everyday tasks becomes a more immediate possibility. In order to lessen at least some of that anxiety, we should shift our focus from the decisions robots could make on our behalf to how they actually make them in the first place. In some ways, they may be more trustworthy than a human.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2014

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Helping robots learn to walk

A two-legged robot can learn to walk on different surfaces thanks to computer code that mimics the natural adaptability of humans.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2014

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Robotic technology in the service of fashion

Two companies receiving support from the Business Incubator in Universidad Carlos III in Madrid's Science Park are innovating the field of fashion by using technology based in robotics. Samsamia is launching a mobile application - Dresscovery - that identifies a bag just by taking a photo of it, while beMee is creating a system, called Proximus, that locates people visiting a shopping mall in order to better serve them.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2014

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Rise of the compliant machines

MIT spinout Meka Robotics, recently acquired by Google, creates 'sociable' humanoids that could help advance human-robot interaction.

Posted: Feb 20th, 2014

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