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Human arm sensors make robot smarter (w/video)

Using arm sensors that can 'read' a person's muscle movements, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a control system that makes robots more intelligent. The sensors send information to the robot, allowing it to anticipate a human's movements and correct its own. The system is intended to improve time, safety and efficiency in manufacturing plants.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2014

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The cyborgs era has started

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. A new review entitled 'The Chemistry of Cyborgs - Interfacing Technical Devices with Organisms' discusses the state of the art of research, opportunities, and risks.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2014

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Moving robot surgery from labs to hospitals

What if, in a few years from now, human surgeons were only needed for the most delicate operations, leaving more common tasks to robots? This not-so-fictional future is the dream of Dr Paolo Fiorini, who coordinated the EUROSURGE project, which ultimately targets the commercialisation of newly developed technologies in this sector.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2014

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FIRST Robotics Competition global kickoff event

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will be joined by public figures to launch the 2014 season of the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) with a worldwide Kickoff event originating from Manchester, N.H.

Posted: Jan 6th, 2014

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99 Superb sites on mechatronics and robotics engineering

Mechatronics is an exciting, interdisciplinary field that combines electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials, robotics, and control systems. here is a list of 99 sites that cater o advanced mechatronics students and professionals, as well as those just starting out.

Posted: Dec 19th, 2013

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A robotic answer to safe, automated industrial maintenance

Maintenance and repair work in the aeronautics and construction industries can be both time-consuming and dangerous, which is why an EU project is developing robots that are a cost-effective way to get the job done without exposing workers to potential harm.

Posted: Dec 17th, 2013

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Micro-robots will become soft and move like biological organisms

Increasingly small robots that carry out their functions even inside the human body. No, this isn't a sci-fi dream but a close possibility. On one condition: the miniaturization of these devices requires them to acquire the same 'softness' and flexibility as biological tissues.

Posted: Dec 5th, 2013

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Laws for robotics

What laws and regulations are needed concerning robotic technology and similar systems? An EU project is finding out.

Posted: Nov 26th, 2013

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