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Robotic ‘pack mule’ displays stunning reflexes

March 6, 2006

BigDog, a nimble, four-legged robot, is so surefooted it can negotiate steep slopes, cross rocky ground, and recover its balance even after being given a hefty kick.

The machine, which moves like a cross between a goat and a pantomime horse, is being developed as a robotic pack mule for the US military.

Robotic patch-clamping automates study of neurons

May 7, 2012


radically new method of automating the process of finding and recording information from neurons in the living brain has been developed by MIT and Georgia Tech researchers.

A robotic arm guided by a cell-detecting computer algorithm can identify and record from neurons in the living mouse brain with far better accuracy and speed than a human experimenter.

The new automated process eliminates the need for months of training and… read more

Robotic pen guides the hand of the blind

April 6, 2008

The “McSig,” a forced-feedback pen, has been developed by University of Glasgow researchers to help blind and visually impaired children write clearly and consistently by gently guiding their hand.

In addition to haptic feedback, the system offers audio cues, with stereo sound panning to the left and right as the pen moved horizontally and the pitch increasing and decreasing with forward and backwards movement.

Robotic prosthesis turns drummer into a three-armed cyborg

March 10, 2014

This robotic drumming prosthesis has motors that power two drumsticks. One is controlled by muscle sensors. The other is autonomous. (Credit: Georgia Tech)

Georgia Tech Professor Gil Weinberg has created a robotic drumming prosthesis that can be attached to amputees.

It has motors that power two drumsticks. The first stick is controlled both physically by the musicians’ arms and electronically using electromyography (EMG) muscle sensors. The other stick “listens” to the music being played and improvises.

“The second drumstick has a mind of its own,” said Weinberg, founding director… read more

‘Robotic rampage’ unlikely reason for deaths

October 22, 2007

Contrary to some reports, the tragic accident last friday in which nine South African soldiers died and eleven were injured during a live-fire exercise was not the result of an automated or robotic weapon going out of control, a defense expert says.

Robotic Rollouts

October 13, 2005

With the announcement of a $115 million IPO by Burlington, MA-based iRobot, though, companies commercializing robot technology are beginning to attract VC attention.

Robotic Scientists Make First Discoveries

April 3, 2009

A fully automated robotic laboratory able to design its own molecular biology experiments has made its first discoveries, its team of creators at Aberystwyth University and Cambridge have reported.

The robot scientist “Adam” was developed to identify genes involved in yeast metabolism. Using algorithms programmed by scientists, Adam formulates hypotheses about the origins of “orphan enzymes”: enzymes for which scientists have been unable to identify the encoding genes.… read more

Robotic seagull duplicates biological functions

March 28, 2011


Festo, a supplier of automation technology, industrial training, and education programs, has developed the SmartBird robotic seagull.

SmartBird is capable of autonomous takeoff, flight, and landing, using two meter-long wings. It is modeled very closely on the herring gull, and controls itself the same way birds do, by twisting its body, wings, and tail.

Robotic Segways play soccer with humans

January 13, 2004

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a robot football team designed to play the game with humans riding ordinary Segways.

The exercise could help engineers develop robots capable of working effectively with humans in the future in tasks such as construction work, search and rescue operations, and space exploration.

Robotic suit could usher in super soldier era

May 16, 2008

An exoskeleton that multiplies a soldier’s strength and endurance as many as 20 times has been developed by Sarcos Inc.

It could also allow factory workers someday using the technology to perform manual labor more easily, and firefighters more quickly carrying heavy gear up stairwells of burning buildings. Disabled people also may find uses for the technology.

Robotic technology improves stroke rehabilitation

December 3, 2008

Research scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, using a novel, hand-operated robotic device and functional MRI to map the brain, have found that patients with a stroke affecting hand use can be rehabilitated by squeezing the device for an hour a day, three days per week for four weeks.

Robotic tentacles get to grips with tricky objects

May 9, 2006

Robotic “tentacles” that can grasp and grapple with a wide variety of objects have been developed by US researchers.

Most robots rely on mechanical gripping jaws that have difficulty grabbing large or irregularly shaped objects. Replacing these with tentacle-like manipulators could make robots more nimble and flexible, say the scientists.

The tentacle-like manipulators, known as “Octarms”, resemble an octopus’s limb or an elephant’s trunk.

Robotic Therapy Tiles: Playing Your Way to Health

October 3, 2007

Patients recovering from surgery or injuries may soon be able to physically play their way to a full recovery with intelligent robotic systems that generate specialized games to challenge the human body’s abilities.

Henrik Hautop Lund, a robotics and artificial-intelligence professor at the University of Southern Denmark is developing therapy tiles that guide patients through physical routines and help them heal.

Each tile is a miniature robotic system… read more

Robotic tuna developed for Homeland Security

September 25, 2012

BIOSwimmer (credit:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security‘s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is funding the development of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) modeled on the tuna, called the BIOSwimmer.

BIOSwimmer is designed for high maneuverability in harsh environments, with a flexible aft section and appropriately placed sets of pectoral and other fins.

For cluttered and hard-to-reach underwater places where inspection is necessary, the tuna-inspired frame design is… read more

Robotic walker helps patients regain natural gait and increases productivity of physiotherapists

November 21, 2014

Robotic walker (credit: NUS)

A novel robotic walker that helps patients carry out therapy sessions to regain their leg movements and natural gait has been invented by a team of researchers led by assistant professor Yu Haoyong from the National University of Singapore Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson’s disease often struggle with mobility. To regain… read more

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