Research

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Thought Controlled Wheelchair Offers New Possibilities for the Paralyzed

A wheel chair which can be controlled by the brain alone is being developed by a team at the University of Zaragoza in Spain. A person’s head is hooked up to electrodes and then presented with a visualization of their movement options.

Robot Plays Marco Polo, Senses and Intercepts its Target

Robot Plays Marco Polo, Senses and Intercepts its Target

A robot built by University of New Mexico and Duke professors displays its talent at intercepting a target through the game known as ‘Marco Polo’. In the game, one person is ‘it’ and the other players become the targets to tag. When the person who is it, says “Marco”, the other players must respond with “Polo”. This […]

Robot Follows You, Can Understand Gestures

Robot Follows You, Can Understand Gestures

This robot from Brown University can read human gestures. While most of us may only think about futuristic robots interacting with us through speech, researchers at Brown have created a robot which responds to human gestures. These non-verbal commands include arm signals which indicate “follow,” “halt,” “wait” and “door breach.” The robot also understands verbal commands, and […]

Robotic Gardening at MIT – New Robots take care of Tomato Plants

Robots are tending to tomato plants at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Nikolaus Correll, an MIT postdoc, has made a robot fitted with a watering pump and programmed to tend to tomato plants grown in the MIT’s CSAIL. In the video above, the robots appear to be built on a modified Roomba with […]

How To Move A Robot In Sand – Remember Rhex?

Remember Rhex?  Boston Dynamics Researchers have created a Rhex-like robot for the sand. They’ve found that when the robot slowed it’s legs down just before they hit the sand, the legs didn’t sink into the sand as much and were able to move forward at over one body length per second. Previous tests without the […]

Lawn-Mower Sized Robots could Help Build a Lunar Base

Lawn-Mower Sized Robots could Help Build a Lunar Base

Astrobotic Technology Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have found a way to use riding lawn-mower sized construction robots to prepare our Moon’s surface for a NASA outpost. The goal of the project was to figure out how to reduce the disruption of Moon dust when outpost rockets land or take off. Since the Moon […]