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Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics
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Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ronald Arkin is developing what he calls "ethical governor" software and hardware that will tell military robots when...

From ACM News

­U.S. Lags Globally in Robotics Development

The United States is trailing other countries in the development of sophisticated robots, according to a recently released report written by a group of 140 experts...

Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown
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Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown

New software developed at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is being used with semi-autonomous robots in the war against drug smuggling. The software can be...

Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming
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Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming

ACM SIGGRAPH 2009's Emerging Technologies will feature demonstrations and juried interactive installations from numerous fields, including alternative displays,...

iRobot Rolls Out One-Pound Machine, Ready to Swarm
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iRobot Rolls Out One-Pound Machine, Ready to Swarm

iRobot has built over 2,000 machines for the military. Most of 'em are 50 pounds plus, and more than three feet long. But, lately, the company has been working...

The Next Best Thing to You
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The Next Best Thing to You

Have you ever wished you could be in two places at once? Perhaps you've had the desire to create a copy of yourself that could stand in for you at a meeting, freeing...

Autonomous Helicopters
From Communications of the ACM

Autonomous Helicopters

Researchers are improving unmanned helicopters' capabilities to address regulatory requirements and commercial uses.

Micromedicine to the Rescue
From Communications of the ACM

Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

From ACM TechNews

Intel Launches Visual Computing Institute

Intel and Germany's University of Saarland have launched Intel VCI, a new visual computing institute that will focus on software architectures and algorithms for...

Italy Aims to Send Spider-Bot Swarm to Moon
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Italy Aims to Send Spider-Bot Swarm to Moon

Nearly 40 years after Americans first set foot on the moon, a host of private rocketeers are hoping to follow to win a $30 million prize. Team Italia, one of 17...

From ACM TechNews

Online System Rates Images By Aesthetic Quality

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has launched the Aesthetic Quality Inference Engine (ACQUINE), an online system for determining the aesthetic quality of an...

Cutting-Edge Robots Show Off in Japan
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Cutting-Edge Robots Show Off in Japan

Researchers from around the world are meeting at a conference in Kobe, Japan, to discuss recent advancements in robotics. Among those on display will be RiSE, a...

Virtual Cocoon Could Simulate Five Senses
From ACM TechNews

Virtual Cocoon Could Simulate Five Senses

Research teams from York University and Warwick University, along with experts from the universities of Bangor, Bedford, and Brighton, are working to create new...

How to Make (robot) Friends and Influence People
From ACM TechNews

How to Make (robot) Friends and Influence People

A team from the Interactive Robots and Media Lab at the United Arab Emirates University has created a robot with its own Facebook page in an effort to enable the...

From ACM TechNews

When Virtual Reality Feels Real

Researchers in the European Union-funded Presenccia project are conducting experiments to understand why humans interpret and respond to virtual stimuli and to...

Robots Take To The Stairs
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Robots Take To The Stairs

Robots can climb stairs, and they are doing it everywhere you look. Built on  painstakingly accumulated knowledge, several examples are demonstrated in YouTube...

From ACM TechNews

If the Face Fits . . .

Twelve law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom are using a forensic facial composite software tool that does not require witnesses to provide detailed descriptions...

Could the Net Become Self-Aware?
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Could the Net Become Self-Aware?

The Internet is similar to the human brain in that it has a complex network of nodes for holding, processing, recalling, and transmitting information. The Web...

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Robot With Skin to Improve Human Communication

Computer scientists at the University of Hertfordshire are covering a child-sized humanoid robot with artificial skin in an effort to help autistic children improve...

Low Cost, Dexterous Robotic Hand Operated By Compressed Air
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Low Cost, Dexterous Robotic Hand Operated By Compressed Air

The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech has developed a unique robotic hand that can firmly hold objects...
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