Archive for the 'robotics' Category

Online robot project wins design contest

January 18, 2009

A robot project reportedly has won the first monthly design contest sponsored by The site promotes the Beagle Board, a low-cost, fanless, single-board computer (SBC) based on a TI OMAP applications processor..

High-school students catch robotics Lunacy

January 3, 2009

Game strategy and rules for the 2009 FIRST high-school robotics competition were unveiled today in Manchester, NH. Some 42,000 high-school students on 1,686 teams from a dozen countries will participate in this year’s contest, which is designed to simulate robotic rovers moving on a lunar crater.

Rose Parade to feature gigantic robot

December 18, 2008

A 49-foot-tall replica of Honda’s infamous ASIMO humanoid robot will be a prominent participant in the 2009 Rose Parade. Honda’s float will serve as the parade’s opening ceremony stage and then transform itself into the supersized ASIMO, leading the beloved parade through the streets of Pasadena on New Year’s Day.

Robotic arm washes dishes

December 18, 2008

The University of Tokyo is developing a series of robots that perform housekeeping chores such as washing dishes and doing laundry. A video showing one of the University’s robots washing and stacking dishes recently popped up on YouTube.

Rolling robot jumps like a grasshopper

December 10, 2008

Researchers at the University of Bath (in England) have created a rolling robot that jumps like a grasshopper to avoid obstacles. The robot’s innovative design circumvents the problems of moving over rough terrain, such as that found on the Moon.

Build your own Rubik’s Cube-solving robot

December 9, 2008

After buying a Lego Mindstorms robotics kit for his two daughters, Swedish software developer Hans Andersson couldn’t resist using it to create a Rubik’s Cube-solving robot. Complete instructions for replicating the robot, which typically can solve the puzzle within 6 minutes, are available for download.

Students’ window-washing robot wins prize

December 1, 2008

An autonomous window-washing robot designed by four Michigan State University students has won first prize in a student design competition sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Researchers patent biobots

November 25, 2008

A team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley has filed a patent application covering “biobots.” The tiny (100 to 300 nanometers) biologically-derived robots are touted as being useful for defense, energy, medical, and consumer electronics applications.

Scientists add emotions to robotic head

November 20, 2008

Claiming that service-class robots will one day be pervasive, researchers at the University of the West of England’s Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) have begun investigating ways to make robots seem more human.

Private firm plots robotic lunar expeditions

October 30, 2008

Astrobotic Technology has unveiled plans for a series of robotic expeditions to the Moon. The lunar rovers are intended to explore high-interest areas of the Moon’s surface and beam the data back to the Earth.