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New York Times
Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots for Ebola
New York Times
Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed to help contain the Ebola epidemic? A robot that could perform even some of the tasks of ...
Robot Response: Exploring Unique 'Hands-On' Potential in the Fight Against EbolaCALIFORNIA
Could robots become too cute for comfort?BBC News
Robots Gearing Up to Join Ebola Front LinesTechNewsWorld
Gizmodo -Forbes -Bloomberg
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MIT Technology Review
This Method of Robotic Pickup Could Stick
MIT Technology Review
Grabit, a spinoff of SRI International, has developed a simple and cheap robotic hand that makes use of electrostatic attraction. Grabit's robot hand, which was demonstrated at the RoboBusiness conference in Boston last week, is a little more complex ...



Mashable
The J-deite Quarter robot is a real-life Transformer that can become a sports car
The Straits Times
Japanese robot creators Wataru Yoshizaki (right) of Asratec and Kenji Ishida of Brave Robotics display the transformable robot J-deite Quarter, which can change its shape to a vehicle, at the annual Digital Content Expo in Tokyo on Oct 23, 2014 ...
Japan Builds Real (and Awesome) Transformer RobotMashable
Transformer in Japan that morphs from robot into a CAR in secondsDaily Mail
Japan's Companies Build Real-Life Transformer Robot, Turns into Sports Car ...Headlines & Global News
Metro -International Business Times UK
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New Research Center Aims to Develop Second Generation of Surgical Robots
New York Times
With funding from the National Science Foundation and two private donors, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will establish a research center intended to help develop medical robots that can perform low-level and repetitive surgical ...



Air Force Link
AF hospital adds 'virus-zapping' robot to inventory
Air Force Link
Geri Genant, left, demonstrates the capabilities of “Saul”, a germ-zapping robot, to Airmen Oct. 20, 2014, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. The 633rd Medical Group partnered with Xenex Healthcare Services, Saul's creator of the robot in effort to ...
Pentagon Introduces 'Germ Zapping Robot' to Fight EbolaWashington Free Beacon
Xenex updates protocols for germ-zapping robots in response to Ebola threatGizmag
Q&A: Robots Join Fight Against EbolaVoice of America (blog)
ModernHealthcare.com
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Tech Gen Mag
ATLAS robot gets closer to walking like a human
Tech Gen Mag
When Boston Dynamics first revealed their ATLAS robot on July 11, 2013, the bipedal humanoid robot was a clunky, slow moving contraption tethered to a jumble of cords that performed a variety of controlled tasks awkwardly. Still, we were all impressed ...

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Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
Robot fights germs at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
fox5sandiego.com
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Some hospitals across the country, including one in San Diego County, are turning to robotic technology to fight the spread of germs and infectious diseases. Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is the only hospital in the area ...
Gaithersburg retirement community powers up robot to fight germsGazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online

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Featured article

Ambient Light is non-directed light. Directional light is focused light, such as a flashlight or laser beam. Ambient light is a combination of scattered light rays and reflected light. A great example of ambient light would be the light you see on a cloudy day, or the light you see when in the shade under a building. The light reaching you is not coming directly from the sun, but rather is distorted or reflected in some way that it creates a more uniform "background" lighting.

Lighting might not seem very important to me or you, but that's because we are extremely good at dealing with different light conditions. When robots look at objects, they might interpret an object one way in one lighting condition, and another way in a different light condition! Thus light can be extremely important when dealing with computer vision.

Light reflecting off of an object can generate highlights that won't appear in lower light condition, and thus if your robot is looking for certain coloring - light will definitely make that a very difficult task. Depending on if the sun is directly overhead or setting, will determine the color of the light or shadows - both of which the robot must be able to deal with. Light plays an important role in computer vision and if a robot is to deal with different lighting conditions it must have the appropriate software to do so.


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Featured robot

NAO
NAO is a humanoid robot

• Embedded Computer and WiFi included
• Vision system, voice recognition, Text to Speech and more standard
• Functional hands can pick up and grasp objects
• Only educational and research customers may purchase this product. See bottom of page for details.

The NAO Humanoid Robot from Aldebaran Robotics is a companion, assistant and research platform. If the full-size personal butler is still a vision of the future, ALDEBARAN’s robots will already provide a perfect platform to deliver a range of daily services. With 25 degrees of freedom, NAO is capable of executing a wide range of movements (walking, sitting, standing up, dancing, avoiding obstacles, kicking, seizing objects, etc.)

Equipped as standard with an embedded computer and wifi connection, NAO is fully Autonomous and can establish a secure connection to the Internet to ownload and broadcast content.

Fitted with two speakers and several microphones, NAO has a quality sound system to play music. It is equipped with a voice recognition system that locates where the sound is coming from, so that he can turn his head towards the Speaker or origin of the sound. He has a text to speech function so he can interact with its environment verbally by pronouncing any text sent to him, messages, e-mail, books, newspapers, etc.

The NAO Humanoid robot from Aldebaran Robotics has a vision system allowing him to capture and send photos, video streams, recognize colored objects, detect and recognize faces and communicate with the PC or the web (downloading files, behaviors, sending images in real time, etc.)

NAO is fully autonomous; it can find his way around a room while avoiding
obstacles. It is also capable of going alone to its recharge base when its battery is low.

Nao is being introduced on the market as the ideal introduction to robots and aspires to eventually, become an autonomous family companion. Finally, with more sophisticated functions, it will adopt a new role, assisting humans with daily tasks. Featured with an intuitive, dedicated programming interface, “Choregraphe”, and a full SDK which connects to NAOqi, the entire family will be able to enjoy the robotic experience. Full of new and advanced technology, the NAO robot will also satisfy the most demanding techno-addict’s expectations.