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Robotic hand could revolutionize the world of intelligent prosthetics

An artificial hand capable of performing almost all of the different types of grips on everyday objects with a single motor and, due to the simplicity of its structure, robustness and low cost, is destined to revolutionize not only the world of prosthetic and robotic hands but advance other technologies as well.

Mar 19th, 2013

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Bristlebots show swarm behavior (w/video)

Bristlebots are robots without sensors or brains that do things that robots without sensors or brains do. As it turns out, this is a lot more than you might expect, since researchers at Harvard have shown that if you stick enough of them in a small space, they self-organize into swarms.

Mar 15th, 2013

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Carnegie Mellon reveals details of human-scale CHIMP robot

A team from Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center is building a new class of robot to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge - a human-size robot that moves, not by walking, but on rubberized tracks on the extremities of each of its four limbs.

Mar 13th, 2013

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Cloud-computing platform for robots launched (w/video)

Researchers of five European universities have developed a cloud-computing platform for robots. The platform allows robots connected to the Internet to directly access the powerful computational, storage, and communications infrastructure of modern data centers for robotics tasks and robot learning.

Mar 11th, 2013

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Mind-controlled exoskeleton to help disabled people walk again

Every year thousands of people in Europe are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Many are young adults, facing the rest of their lives confined to a wheelchair. Although no medical cure currently exists, in the future they could be able to walk again thanks to a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton being developed by EU-funded researchers.

Mar 7th, 2013

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Robotic fish navigate flowscapes

The EU funded European research project FILOSE has developed robots with a new sense - lateral line sensing. All fish have this sensing organ but so far it had no technological counterpart on man-made underwater vehicles.

Mar 6th, 2013

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Lessons from cockroaches could inform robotics

Running cockroaches start to recover from being shoved sideways before their dawdling nervous system kicks in to tell their legs what to do, researchers have found. These new insights on how biological systems stabilize could one day help engineers design steadier robots and improve doctors' understanding of human gait abnormalities.

Feb 22nd, 2013

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