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Smart as a bird: Flying rescue robot will autonomously avoid obstacles

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A flying robot avoids a tree on the Arts Quad. (Credit: Saxena lab)

TechAndComputer (Oct. 30, 2012) — Cornell researchers have created an autonomous flying robot that is as smart as a bird when it comes to maneuvering around obstacles.

Able to guide itself through forests, tunnels or damaged buildings, the machine could have tremendous value in search-and-rescue operations. Small flying machines are already common, and GPS technology provides guidance. Now, Ashutosh Saxena, assistant professor of computer science, and his team are tackling the hard part: how to keep the vehicle from slamming into walls and tree branches. Human controllers can't always react swiftly enough, and radio signals may not...

Hopping robots could conserve energy

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A simple robot device executes a series of jumps designed to examine the dynamics of jumping. The research could lead to reduced power consumption by hopping robots. (Credit: Gary Meek)

TechAndComputer (Oct. 29, 2012) — A new study shows that jumping can be much more complicated than it might seem. In research that could extend the range of future rescue and exploration robots, scientists have found that hopping robots could dramatically reduce the amount of energy...

5 Innovative Robots That Will Replace Humans On the Battlefield

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Sooner rather than later, humans will be replaced by innovative robots that are designed to take a beating, literally. Not only can they withstand bomb blasts, their weapons systems will rival that of aircraft and land vehicles. 

  5. Cheetah The Cheetah is a four-footed robot that gallops at 18 mph, which is a land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989 at MIT. Cheetah development is funded by DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation...

Applying neuroscience to robot vision

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TechAndComputer (May 16, 2011) — Scientists have attempted to replicate human attributes and abilities such as detailed vision, spatial perception and object grasping in robots.

After three years of intense work, the members of EYESHOTS* have made progress in controlling the interaction between vision and movement, and as a result have designed an advanced three-dimensional visual system synchronized with robotic arms which could allow robots to...

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Controling robotic arms is child's play

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TechAndComputer (May 15, 2011) — Catching a ball is no problem for most people. Getting a robotic arm to catch a ball using a catcher attachment is a bit trickier. To find out just how tricky it is -- or to see if it's easier than they think -- visitors to the Sensor+Test trade fair in Nuremberg should head for the Fraunhofer booth. There, researchers will be presenting an industrial robotic arm with six joints, at the end of which is a catcher....

TechAndComputer (May 15, 2011) — Catching...