Archive for February 21st, 2007

Man builds robot plow to shovel snow from inside… brilliant.

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
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Herdy-Gerdy, a remote-controlled snow-plowing robot built by Bill Lauver, of Middleburg, has been getting a lot of attention over the last five days.

“It’s been crazy,” Mr. Lauver said. “We’ve been getting calls for radio interviews. I talked to a guy from David Letterman today who discussed some ideas (for a television bit) and said he’d call me back.”

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Under the hood of Stanford’s robotic race car

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
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A view of the “brains” of “Junior,” a modified 2006 Volkswagen Passat wagon being developed by Stanford University’s Racing Team to compete in DARPA’s Urban Challenge in November. The competition among driverless cars will take place on city streets, among other cars.

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Experts lay out scenarios for the next decade of robotic evolution

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
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“The technology is becoming virtually ubiquitous,” she said. “Before, when the first computers came out, there were rooms and rooms of computers. … Now, they’re [embedded] in the doorknobs. Robotics is going to be the same way. You’re already seeing robotics integrated into your car today.”

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“If i want to cook a meal, and I can’t do it by myself but I could do it with a robot … if I want to garden but I have a hard time getting down and the robot can help me do that … that’s where I would find value, as opposed to just saying, ‘Go do my gardening’ or ‘Go cook my meal,'” Breazeal said. “As we design technology, we have to respect the human life cycle.”

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Robots would also make good sentinels: Ken Goldberg of the University of California at Berkeley described his robotic camera system, ACONE, which has been set up in the remote Arkansas woods to look for signs of the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker. ACONE sifts through a stream of video imagery, hanging onto the pictures that appear to show birds in flight. After three months of continuous operation, the system has identified birds such as red-tailed hawks and blue herons, Goldberg said.

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Darpa wants Luke’s replacement hand from Star Wars

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
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Thought-controlled robotic limbs were only the beginning.

hand.jpgScientists have had a string of remarkable successes lately, taking signals from the brains of monkeys and men, and using them to move mechanical arms.

Darpa, the Pentagon’s blue-sky research division, now wants to ratchet that work up about ten notches, by developing a “neurally controlled artificial limb that will restore full motor and sensory capability to upper extremity amputee patients. This revolutionary prosthesis will be controlled, feel, look and perform like the native limb.”

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