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Author Archives: Wilson
This Bot Doesn’t Bite…
Check out this robot inspired by fleas! Scientists at Seoul National University (SNU) have recently created a robot inspired by tiny blood-sucking bugs: fleas! Pesky as these little insects may be, they’ve got an incredible physical ability that not even an … Continue reading
A Bigger and Better Robotics Industry for Europe
The European Commission recognizes Robotics as a key industry for the future of Europe The European Commission has recently agreed to launch a Public Private Partnership in Robotics (PPP) between academia and industry for 2013.
Robots With Gangnam Style
You may recognize this machine’s winning dance routine! South Korean pop artist PSY’s song Gangnam Style has become an international sensation. Some consider the song to be unique and catchy yet others maintain it’s rather repetitive and annoying. While the … Continue reading
Posted in Asia, Robots and Society, Robots Around the World Tagged Gangnam Style, K pop, PSY, Robot dance competition, South Korea Leave a comment
A Real Life Transformer?
Japan’s working on robots for entertainment and emergencies! If you’re a fan of Transformers, you’ll love Suidoubashi Heavy Industries’ new Kuratas robot. The jumbo toy currently on the market for about a million euros, is custom made for each of … Continue reading
Petman is Back!
With greater skill and finesse as the Pet-proto You may be familiar with the US’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Petman robot, which was featured in one of our previous posts along with some other incredible humanoid robots. In … Continue reading
Posted in Robots and Research, Robots and Society, Robots Around the World, USA Tagged Atlas, Boston Dynamisc, DARPA, Disaster relief, Pet-proto, PETMAN, Robot rescue Leave a comment
Cognitive Skills for Rehabilitation Robots
Europe invests in cognitive skills for rehabilitation robots The European Commission has provided a grant for €780,800 to develop cognitive skills for rehabilitation robots being developed by CORBYS (Control Framework for Robotic Systems), a four year European project which began … Continue reading
Artists, Philosophers and Robots
The development and design of future technology should foster some unlikely alliances The late professor of English and Cultural studies at De Montfort University, Nicholas Zurbrugg, focused largely on the analysis of the contemporary, the experimental and the avant-garde. His … Continue reading
Do You Speak Lingodroid?
Ruth Schulz and Her Team at the University of Queensland Develop Robots Capable of Creating Their Own Language ¨ Where are you? ¨ asks your friend impatiently as you struggle to find each other in a busy park you … Continue reading
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Have a great summer… We’ll be back with more this fall!
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The 2012 Living Machines Conference
Here’s a taste of what went on over the 3 day event organized by the Convergent Science Network Electro sensors inspired by fish who navigate their way through murky waters, robots that dance with the honeybees, and artificial muscles and … Continue reading
Posted in Asia, Biology, Europe, Events, Robots and Health, Robots and Research, Robots and Society, Robots and the Environment, Robots Around the World, Robots, Brain, Mind and Behaviour, USA Tagged Barcelona, biohybrid technology, Biomimetics, La Pedrera, New technology, Pompeu Fabra University, Robot Companions, Robotics, The Convergent Science Network, University of Sheffield Leave a comment