Yearly Archives: 2011

Pals in Pediatrics

The ALIZ-E project investigates the use of social robots with children in hospitals The European project ALIZ-E began in the spring of 2010 and is scheduled to run for another 3 years with 8.29M€ in funding. The goal of the … Continue reading

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Europe’s Integrative Technology

Robots for stroke patients and more… The video above features the LOPES  (Lower Extremity-Powered ExoSkeleton) developed by Dr. ir Herman van der Kooij  and his team at the University of Twente, Netherlands to assist stroke patients who are learning how … Continue reading

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Meet the Mask-bot

it’s more than just a pretty face… At first glance it’s a generic plastic mask fixed in front of a projector. Switch it on and you’re looking at the most realistic ¨talking head¨ yet. Researchers from the Institute of Cognitive … Continue reading

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Robot Companions for Citizens

An introduction to one of the FET Flagships The video above was presented by the Robot Companion for Citizens Flagship Initiative at a conference in Warsaw at the end of November. Robot Companions for Citizens is currently one of 6 … Continue reading

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Man’s (Mechanical) Best Friend

From canine companions to cleaning machines, robots are seeing all kinds of new applications A robotic seeing  eye dog has recently been developed by Japan’s manufacturing company NSK.  A recent article makes the point that although this seeing eye dog  … Continue reading

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A Robot’s Bedside Manner

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology discuss their research on a robot’s touch. How can we make robots safe?  How can we make them perform their tasks effectively? Although these are among the most critical questions today’s robot engineers … Continue reading

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Robotics Faces the Law

Research bodies around the globe are making an effort to draft laws governing the development of robots as they become increasingly complex and ingrained in our societies. In September of 2010, the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Exploring the Softer Side of Things

Why soft robots are all the rage Squids, snails and other invertebrates can do things that animals with hard skeletons can’t. For example they can squeeze through small cracks and move across rough terrain. Likewise, soft-bodied robots have some important … Continue reading

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FET Flagships Pilots Midterm Conference

Held November 24-25 at the Warsaw University of Technology and the University of Warsaw. The 6 FET Flagships showed off their stuff  at the midterm conference, involving about 250 European scientists and policy makers, who assessed the progress made by … Continue reading

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Welcome to a Robot-Lover’s Paradise

Robot Land is scheduled to open in 2014  in Incheon, South Korea South Korea’s  got robots covered; from classrooms to the Northern border, the nation’s using robots to support humans just about anywhere.   But their robots aren’t all work … Continue reading

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