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Curiosity on Mars!

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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity just might be the latest in a long line of Mars-exploring robots to discover the building blocks for primitive life on the Red Planet. The Curiosity rover may have gathered evidence for the presence of perchlorates in Rocknest – a sand patch inside the rover’s Gale Crater landing site on the Red Planet, scientists ... continue reading

exTouch – Manipulation of actuated objects by Augmented Reality

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Created at the Tangible Media Group at the MIT in collaboration with Sony Corporation, exTouch creates Spatially-Aware Embodied Manipulation of Actuated Objects Mediated by Augmented Reality._ _In other words exTouch is an interface system that allows you to manipulate actuated objects in space using augmented reality. The “exTouch” system ext... continue reading

DOMO - A Robust Robot for the Elderly

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For more than a decade, roboticists have worked on systems for the elderly, hoping to extend the amount of time that seniors can live at home and improve their quality of life. Now MIT researchers have built a humanoid robot with a special motion-tracking system and spring-loaded actuators that make it better equipped to deal with household ch... continue reading

Robots with emotions a possibility

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PERNEM: Ever wonder how convenient life would be if the often tiresome tasks like cleaning your home could be completely automated. Well, that convenience could be a reality soon as robots will make life more comfortable for humans by performing tasks that humans find repetitive or at times even unsafe. This observation was made by Surendranath... continue reading

Robot Lets You Be in Two Places at Once

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After a long day at the South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive trade show, Susie Kim and her colleagues took a leisurely two-block stroll back to their hotel in downtown Austin. Except that Kim never left her office in southern California, on the other side of the country. Nor did her other colleagues at https://www.suitabletech.com Suitable T... continue reading

Paralyzed Patient Thinks 'Walk,' and Then Walks

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Thousands of people every year suffer spinal cord injuries and lose their ability to walk. An brain-controlled exoskeleton that moves a patient’s legs could be one way to get some patients out of wheelchairs. A multinational consortium led by Belgian company Space Applications Services has designed the mindwalker, which is a frame – the exoskel... continue reading

Bat-Robot Sheds Light on Flapping Flight

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We’ve had robots inspired by cheetahs, sand fleas, geckos and birds. Now engineers at Brown University have built a robot inspired by the bat. It doesn’t fly on its own yet – the robo-bat is still attached to a kind of arm in a wind tunnel. It does, however, mimic the wing shape and motion of the lesser dog-faced fruit bat. The robot itself i... continue reading

Brainstorming A.C.R.O.S.S 3 - Grid Navigation

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Introduction This tutorial covers the navigation of an autonomous bot on a grid without obstacles. The same code however can be easily modified for a grid with obstacles. An arduino code file is provided at the end. Materials Used Arduino Leonardo Line follower Hardware (Sensors, Motor drivers, Bot Chasis etc.) LCD Display (for Debugging purp... continue reading

DIY: Build your own Overhaul Bot

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Problem Statement Build a manually controlled robot capable of traversing over irregular terrains with deep gaps (crevasses) in between, by bridging them and saving victims stranded at the accident site. For more details on the event refer to our website. Required Material Material Quantity Wheels 4 10 rpm high torque mot... continue reading

Brainstorming A.C.R.O.S.S 2 – Shortest Path Algorithm

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Grid Mapping: The recursive backtracker algorithm we discussed in the previous article can be easily improvised and implemented for grid mapping. This can be understood by understanding that the algorithm is essentially a search algorithm designed to locate the destination point anywhere on a grid with obstacles and thus it will check every poi... continue reading