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Georgia Tech road repair in action   Repairing America’s roads is extremely time consuming and makes those of us not repairing them seethe with anger as roads are usually partially blocked off which backs up traffic making us late for work and ruins the rest of our day. In an effort to remove these bad feelings researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute, headed by Jonathan Holmes, have designed an automated crack detection and sealing system that repairs the road on-the-go. ...
Thereminist robot (via Kyoto University)   Robots have been playing music for a while now on their own, but getting them to play in tune with humans is a feat in itself. The newest robotic member of the band plays one of the weirdest instruments on the planet: the Theremin. The electrical instrument is played using no physical contact and uses oscillators that control frequency based on how close/far the user’s hands are in relation to the instruments antenna. Actually, this music mac ...
BatBot in flight (via Polytechnic University of Madrid)   As much as humans have come to dominate the sky, there is one variant to flight that we have not been able to replicate, and that is flight by flapping wings. This is the most common way of flight in nature and researchers at the Polytechnic University of Madrid have found that the bat is a perfect animal to learn this flight technique from. They have learned much from observation and now they plan to construct an agile robot they a ...
  A tear-jerking introduction of the technology   A cerebrally controlled robotic system is being developed by a team of researchers from Brown University, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and a host of others could give paralyzed people the ability to use robotic limbs to manipulate objects for themselves. Called ‘BrainGate’, the brain-controlled system allows the user to control a robotic limb through thought. To do this, the team implants a wireless ...
Deboning system (via Georgia Tech)   Deboning poultry can certainly be a time consuming/messy process, and if you’re like me, fingers get cut during the endeavor. It’s always better to leave that job to a qualified butcher-robot. Yes, you read that right. Researchers from Georgia Tech have recently designed a robot that’s capable of deboning chickens of all sizes.   The system makes use of a 3D imaging system to determine where to cut the bird after which a robotic a ...
Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space, was sent to the International Space Station with the intention of eventually taking over tasks too dangerous or mundane for astronauts, (see "Robonaut 2 on the ISS")  and the first such task identified for it was monitoring air velocity. Astronauts onboard the space station generally have to measure the air flow in front of vents inside the station to ensure that none of the ventilation ductwork gets clogged or blocked. The task involves holdin ...
  Have you ever wanted to go somewhere with friends (like a show or club) but everyone is too busy or unable to go with you? Well now they can, thanks to a robotic shoulder-mounted avatar that not only lets a friend come with you but they’re able to gesticulate robotically! Designed by researchers from Yamagata University’s Telerobotics Laboratory, the robot (called the ‘20-DOF Miniature Humanoid MH-2’) is a wearable telepresence robot that’s controlled by anot ...

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