CES 2014: Barobo robots teach children algebra

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At the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 14, Barobo, Inc. showed the NSF their robot that helps teach children algebra in a completely new way. By taking algebra off the page and into the physical world, Barobo aims to inspire a new generation of mathematicians.

Meet Ro-bat, Brown University's Robotic Bat Wing

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The strong, flapping flight of bats offers great possibilities for the design of small aircraft, among many other applications. By building a robotic bat wing, Brown University researchers have uncovered flight secrets of real bats. Bat wing project leader and NSF Graduate Research Fellow Joseph Bahlman says the faux flapper generates data that could never be collected directly from live animals, and may lead to improved aircraft efficiency and help in the design of small flapping aircraft.

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 - 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

Science Nation - Creeping Crawling Caterpillars

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Roly-Poly role models for future robots Sometimes it pays to be spineless. Take the caterpillar--it can squirm and crawl in ways that would make a contortionist green with envy. One such animal, a green tobacco hornworm, dangles off Barry Trimmer's finger, half of its body squirming and bending in mid-air. What fascinates Trimmer, a Tufts University biology professor, is how caterpillars can move in ways animals with spines and skeletons can't. For this and more Science Nation, go to...

Robotic Sharks

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Dive in with NSF funded researcher John Long and his robotic sharks. A professor at Vassar College, Dr. Long and his team study real live sharks and their vertebral columns. They then takes these findings and design computer models and artificial vertebral columns to understand sharks' movement and biomechanics.

San Diego Science Festival - UC San Diego and Calit2

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When a capacity crowd of more than 50,000 people flocked to Balboa Park on April 4 for what organizers are calling "the largest one-day science gathering ever in the United States.," UC San Diego faculty, staff and students were among the many exhibitors and visitors contributing to the landmark event.

Casmobot - The Nintendo Wii Lawn Mower

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Invention from RoboCluster, a unit under The Southern University of Denmark. The Casmobot is a lawn mower, that is controlled using a Nintendo Wii Remote.

Research in the Autonomous Vehicle Lab, University of Maryland

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How flying robots imitate insects, explained by University of Maryland aerospace engineering graduate students Joe Conroy and Andrew Hyslop. Winning science video in 2008 Vid/Terp competition. http://www.newsdesk.umd.edu/undergradexp/release.cfm?ArticleID=1647