Tele-robotics puts robot power at your fingertips

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In the aftermath of an earthquake, every second counts. The team behind the Smart Emergency Response System (SERS) is developing technology to locate people quickly and help first responders save more lives. At the Smart America Expo, Howard Chizeck, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington, showed a system he's helped develop where one can log on to a Wi-Fi network in order to tele-operate a robot working in a dangerous environment. Surgeons can use the...

Science Nation - Gaze into my Eyes

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When it comes to communication, sometimes it's our body language that says the most - especially when it comes to our eyes. "It turns out that gaze tells us all sorts of things about attention, about mental states, about roles in conversations," says Bilge Mutlu, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mutlu knows a thing or two about the psychology of body language. He bills himself as a human-computer interaction specialist. Support from the National Science Foundation...

2012 - Year 9 getting ready for Robocup

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Year 9 getting ready for Robocup

Science Nation - Cooperative Robots

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Learning a language can be difficult for some, but for babies it seems quite easy. With support from the National Science Foundation, linguist Jeffrey Heinz and mechanical engineer Bert Tanner have taken some cues from the way humans learn to put words and thoughts together, and are teaching language to robots. This innovative collaboration began a few years ago at a meeting at the University of Delaware. One goal for this project is to design cooperative robots that can operate autonomously...

Science Nation - Robotic Arms

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Who do you call if you need a little help with some of life's more complicated tasks...like building a car, performing surgery, or even diffusing a bomb? The people at Barrett Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts are always glad to lend a hand, or an arm, or both, as long as they're robotic. Barrett Technologies is on the cutting edge of developing and implementing robotic technology. We'll head to Cambridge to rub elbows with some of the company's creations, and see how support from the...

Science Nation - Surgical Robotics

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Robots help surgeons transcend human limits At times, it's tough going for Whitney Hatchett. "I was born with three heart defects. Two were operated on when I was 11 days old," she tells us. That was the first of many surgeries for the 34-year-old. But none was quite like last year's. "It was either to use the robot and have three small scars on my back or if it was done conventionally, I would have a scar all the way around," she explains. For more Science Nation, go to -...

Science Nation - Acrobatic Robots

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Dennis Hong is living his dreams ... literally ... in a lab filled with wacky robots "When I was seven years old, I watched the film 'Star Wars' for the very first time. It just completely blew my mind. All the robots and spaceships," recalls Dennis Hong. You never know where you will find inspiration! For Hong, a mechanical engineer, it was there, on the silver screen. For more Science Nation, go to http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp

Robotic Mouse Makes Maze Debut at UC San Diego

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An intrepid group of University of California, San Diego undergraduates has designed and build a robotic mouse from scratch. The electrical engineering and computer science undergraduates from the Jacobs School of Engineering also wrote the software to teach the robot to solve a maze. The team unveiled their mouse at the IEEE Region 6 Southwest Area Spring Meeting on Saturday, April 25th, held at UC San Diego. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/newsrel/students/05-09MicroMouse.asp

Robot Design for 2009 IEEE Micromouse Competition by ALex Forencich and Jeffrey Wurzbach

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EUReKA 2009: Robot Design for 2009 IEEE Micromouse Competition

San Diego Science Festival -- Nifty Fifty -- Dr. Javier Movellan

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Dr. Javier Movellan speaks to students of Sacred Heart Middle School about machine intelligence.