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New York Times

Learning to Love Our Robot Co-Workers
New York Times
The robots were Joe McGillivray's idea. The first one arrived at Dynamic Group in Ramsey, Minn., by pickup truck in two cardboard boxes. With a mixture of excitement and trepidation, McGillivray watched as a vendor unpacked two silver tubes, assorted ...

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The Atlantic

The 'Curious' Robots Searching for the Ocean's Secrets
The Atlantic
That's quickly changing thanks to advancements in robotic technologies. In particular, a new class of self-controlled robots that continually adapt to their surroundings is opening the door to undersea discovery. These autonomous, “curious” machines ...



Gizmodo

Creepy Teardown Reveals What's Inside a Robot Designed to Spy on Nature
Gizmodo
In an effort to capture never-before-seen footage of animals in their natural habitats, the BBC's Spy in the Wild series created robotic versions of meerkats, monkeys, and other creatures designed to blend in with their real-life counterparts. The ...



MIT Technology Review

For Hospitals That Can't Afford a Surgical Robot, This $500 Device Could Fit the Bill
MIT Technology Review
University of Michigan professors Jim Geiger, a pediatric surgeon, and Shorya Awtar, a mechanical engineer, developed the robot-like device, which functions without a motor or computer chip. They say the tool can do many of the same tasks as the Da ...
Surgical Robot Device Markets At $3.2 Billion In 2014 Are Anticipated To Reach $20 Billion By 2021Medgadget (blog)

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The Tennessean

Gallatin student names Hendersonville Medical robot
The Tennessean
Ryan Daughtry, 12, of Gallatin, named submitted the name “Mia – Minimally Invasive Approach" for the hospital's Name Our Robot Contest. Entries were judged based on theme and creativity, and selected by a panel of TriStar Hendersonville's surgical ...



CNBC

This creepy robot can explore nuclear sites and deliver pizza
CNBC
A team of engineers from Oregon State University recently unveiled a new walking robot called Cassie that they say can revolutionize the delivery and shipping industries. Its bipedal design can help it reach places that wheeled robots cannot. The OSU ...
Robots with legs are getting ready to walk among usThe Verge

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Seeker

This Delivery Robot Is Learning to Master Crosswalks
Seeker
The six-wheeled robot, on its way to deliver lunch to a client, knows to cross only when the pedestrian light is green, but, armless, it cannot press the traffic light button. Inventors Starship Technologies have taught their robots to avoid traffic ...

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Featured article


The Emergency Stop (E-Stop) is a physical button is placed on a robot that allows anyone within reach to physically disable the robot. This feature acts as a critical safety device on large robots that have the potential to cause significant harm to other machinery or people. Usually the E-Stop is a large red colored button that is placed on an easily accessible part of robot. Depending on the robot design, the E-stop will usually disable the power electronics or cut power to the entire robotic system. Most all industrial robotic equipment is required to contain an E-Stop button. For further information on emergency stops, check out the links below:


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Did you know..

  • ... That Hall sensor is based upon the “hall effect”, which is a way to detect the presence and intensity of a magnetic fi...
  • ... That An Ultrasonic Sensor allows the robot the ability to understand & visualize the world around it. Ultrasonic...
  • ... That The DARPA Grand Challenge is a rally-style race for Autonomous cars...
  • ... That Digital Signals are signals that electrically fluctuate between set voltage levels. A digital binary signal f...
  • ... That Traction is a description of how well a robot's control surface maintains contact with the environment it wishes to ...

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AIBO
The AIBO (Artificial intelligence roBOt, homonymous with "pal" or "partner" in Japanese: aibō (相棒)) was one of several types of robotic pets designed and manufactured by Sony.

There have been several different models since their introduction on May 11, 1999 although AIBO was discontinued in 2006.

AIBO is able to walk, "see" its environment via camera and recognize spoken commands in Spanish and English. AIBO robotic pets are considered to be Autonomous robots since they are able to learn and mature based on external stimuli from their owner, their environment and from other AIBOs. Artist Hajime Sorayama created the initial designs for the AIBO.

The original designs are part of the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution. The design won Sony and its designer Sorayama the highest design award that may be conferred by Japan. On January 26, 2006 Sony announced that it would discontinue AIBO and several other products as of March, 2006 in Sony's effort to make the company more profitable. It also stopped development of the QRIO robot. AIBO will still be supported until 2013 (ERS7 model) and AIBO technology will continue to be developed for use in other consumer products.

AIBOware (a trademark of Sony corporation) is the title given to the software the AIBO runs on its pink Memory Stick. The Life AIBOware allows the robot to be raised from pup to fully grown adult while going through various stages of development as its owner interacts with it. The Explorer AIBOware allows the owner to interact with a fully mature robot able to understand (though not necessarily willing to obey) 100 voice commands. Without the AIBOware, the AIBO will run in what is called "clinic mode" and can only perform basic actions.

Many AIBO owners enjoy teaching their pets new behaviors (or Robot Apps) by reprogramming them in Sony's special 'R-CODE' language. However, in October 2001, Sony sent a cease-and-desist notice to the webmaster of Aibopet, demanding that he stop distributing code that was retrieved by bypassing the
copy protection mechanisms of the robot. Eventually, in the face of many
outraged AIBO owners, Sony released a programmer's kit for "non-commercial" use.
The kit has now been expanded into three distinct tools: R-CODE, AIBO Remote Framework, and the OPEN-R SDK. These three tools are combined under the name AIBO Software Development Environment. All of these tools are free to download and can be used for commercial or non-commercial use (Except for the OPEN-R SDK, which is specifically for non-commercial use).

Since the first release of OPEN-R, several AIBO programming tools have been developed by university labs, including URBI, Tekkotsu, Pyro and AiBO+. The Open-R and GCC based toolchain has been updated by the community to use GCC 4.1.2, Binutils 2.17 and Newlib 2.15. The packaged version of the old and updated AIBO toolchain is available for Ubuntu in a PPA.

AIBO's complete vision system uses the SIFT algorithm, to recognise its charging station. The newest versions are equipped with a Wi-Fi connection, allowing them to send the pictures they take via email which led to the Roblog.

AIBO's sounds were programmed by Japanese DJ/avant-garde composer Nobukazu Takemura, fusing mechanic and organic concepts.

The bodies of the "3x" series (Latte and Macaron, the round-headed AIBOs released in 2001) were designed by visual artist Katsura Moshino. The aibo was mass produced by Sony.