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The two Monirobo bots being used in Fukushima   As the Fukushima nuclear core continues to melt, the radiation levels are spiking in the area. Current levels are so high that workers can only spend 15 minutes in the area. Japan's Nuclear Safety Technology Centre and Ministry of Economy have developed a robot, after a nuclear accident in 1999, that can safely enter the radiated areas and perform tests and other tasks. Dubbed the Monirobo (Monitory Robot), this heavily shielded bot can travel ...
The company Festo has made the world's first electromechanical bird that flies like it's real counterpart called the "Smartbird." Festo took inspiration from the Herring Gull, with the guidance of With French physiologist Etienne-Jules Marey (1830 – 1904), analysis of the flight of birds, that were made to fly in a circular path, and deciphered avian flight. Their research gave the Smartbird the ability to take off, fly, turn, and land autonomously without additional equipment or assistanc ...
Packbot looking inside a truck bed   Warrior bot clearing rubble United States military robots, by iRobot, are helping in the recovery efforts in Japan. Two specific extensible used field robots, the "PackBot" and "Warrior." Two of each have been donated, and for this particular effort a team of 6 people from iRobot are going to help control and train Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force on their operation.   Each one is being used for their specific attributes. The Packbot, being mor ...
  Darpa is seeking to make robots more mobile, and more effective on the battlefield. Robots have already saved thousands of lives, but mobility and functionality of the bots require some human or animal intervention, see the open of the film "The Hurt Locker" for an example of a robot failing to disarm a bomb. Darpa's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program is being designed to take robotic design and fabrication to a whole new, modern level.   Four different parallel tracks a ...
  Very much like a "hey mom, look at me do this" scenario, Georgia Tech's humanoid robot "Simon" is now being used to get people's attention. In the further efforts to integrate robots into society, professor and chair of the School of Interactive Computing in Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, Aaron Bobick had this to say. "The primary focus was trying to give Simon, our robot, the ability to understand when a human being seems to be reacting appropriately, or in some sense is inte ...
  The question was once asked, what is a good use of the Parallax Propeller MCU. A swarm of robot farmers has to be one of the best examples of versatility. These robot farmers, names Prospero, would be deployed in large batches into a field. They would then start digging, planting seeds, covering the hole back up, applying fertilizer, other chemicals as needed, and moves on. Based on the idea of GPS precision farming, the bots communicate with each other to coordinate the absolute best yie ...
Dr. Maurizio Porfiri, Assistant Professor, at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University is getting major funding to research schooling fish. He has made biologically inspired robot fish that he has proven effect the group's behavior. Not in running away from the robot fish, but he can actually get the fish to follow the robot's lead. He has discovered that through mimicry of the swimming patterns of the school, the robot fish is able to join the group and in some cases lead. Currently the ...

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