Robotics http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8215/more en Exclusive interview: Gill Pratt on how compliant actuators revolutionized robotics http://machinedesign.com/robotics/exclusive-interview-gill-pratt-how-compliant-actuators-revolutionized-robotics <div class="node-body article-body">DARPA’s Gill Pratt explains compliant actuators for robotic design.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/exclusive-interview-gill-pratt-how-compliant-actuators-revolutionized-robotics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/exclusive-interview-gill-pratt-how-compliant-actuators-revolutionized-robotics#comments Robotics Springs Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:40:00 +0000 35861 at http://machinedesign.com Courtesy Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels Technology forecast 2014: Robots priced for the masses http://machinedesign.com/robotics/technology-forecast-2014-robots-priced-masses <div class="node-body article-body">Non-industrial robots are getting better at executing modest to moderately complicated tasks and their numbers are on the rise thanks to new design approaches, open-source controls and hardware, forgiving actuators, and 3D-printed linkages.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/technology-forecast-2014-robots-priced-masses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/technology-forecast-2014-robots-priced-masses#comments Robotics Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:59:00 +0000 33321 at http://machinedesign.com Image Gallery: Robotic and literal heavy metal band rocks NYC http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/image-gallery-robotic-and-literal-heavy-metal-band-rocks-nyc <div class="node-body gallery-body">Tuesday, November 12 German rock band "Compressorhead" performed for crowds in Union Square, NYC. The three band members (Fingers, Bones, and Stickboy) are 5 feet tall and made from scrap metal. Their function is made possible by electro pneumatics with behind the scenes help using a Midi controller for music.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/image-gallery-robotic-and-literal-heavy-metal-band-rocks-nyc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/image-gallery-robotic-and-literal-heavy-metal-band-rocks-nyc#comments Controllers Robotics Metals Pneumatics Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:17:00 +0000 32131 at http://machinedesign.com Student-developed exoskeleton wins 2013 Dyson Award http://machinedesign.com/products/student-developed-exoskeleton-wins-2013-dyson-award <div class="node-body article-body"><p> A team of four mechanical engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania won the 2013 <a href="http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/Projects/Project.aspx?ID=3414&amp;RegionId=0&amp;Winindex=0" target="_blank">Dyson Award</a> competition, along with a $48,000 donation for their development of Titan Arm, a powered upper-body exoskeleton. An additional $16,000 was also awarded to UPenn&rsquo;s engineering department.<br /> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/student-developed-exoskeleton-wins-2013-dyson-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/student-developed-exoskeleton-wins-2013-dyson-award#comments Products Technologies Robotics Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:33:00 +0000 32091 at http://machinedesign.com Image Gallery: A robotic menagerie http://machinedesign.com/robotics/image-gallery-robotic-menagerie <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p> <a href="http://www.bostondynamics.com/" target="_blank">Boston Dynamics Corp.</a> (Waltham, Mass.) recently completed field testing WildCat, a four-legged motorized robot. The company, which receives funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),&nbsp; builds robots that mimic animals and their abilities to maneuver through rough terrain. WildCat is a second-generation quadruped that follows Boston Dynamics&rsquo; famous Cheetah robot.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/image-gallery-robotic-menagerie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/image-gallery-robotic-menagerie#comments Technologies Robotics Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:28:00 +0000 31321 at http://machinedesign.com Study shows humans prefer robots with human faces http://machinedesign.com/news/study-shows-humans-prefer-robots-human-faces <div class="node-body article-body">New research from Georgia Institute of Technology shows that when given the choice between robots with a human appearance, a mix of human and robotic appearance, or a strictly robotic appearance, 60% of older adults want robots with human faces, and only 6% want ones that have a mixed human-robot appearance.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/study-shows-humans-prefer-robots-human-faces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/study-shows-humans-prefer-robots-human-faces#comments Technologies Robotics News Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:08:00 +0000 31231 at http://machinedesign.com Georgia Tech University More people get access to exoskeletons http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/more-people-get-access-exoskeletons <div class="node-body article-body"><p> <img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2013/10/uploads/2013/10/argo-exoskeleton-bionic-suit.jpg" style="width: 595px; height: 335px;" /></p> Argo Medical Technologies (Marlborough, Mass.), will partner with Yaskawa Electric Corp. (Waukegan, Ill.) to expand distribution of Argo’s ReWalk exoskeleton device into Asia.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/more-people-get-access-exoskeletons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/more-people-get-access-exoskeletons#comments Products Robotics Motion Control Wed, 02 Oct 2013 19:42:00 +0000 31091 at http://machinedesign.com Rapid prototyping speeds work of robot astronaut http://machinedesign.com/robotics/rapid-prototyping-speeds-work-robot-astronaut <div class="field-byline"> Terry Persun, Technology journalist; edited by Elisabeth Eitel </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p> <sub><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2013/09/01-NASA-prototypes.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 253px; margin: 5px; float: right;" title="Subcomponents for the RRM module’s wire-cutting tool prototype were made with SLS. On the final RRM module, inset, the SLS tool frame is replaced with a metal version." />Engineers at <strong>NASA</strong> and the <strong>Canadian Space Agency</strong> (CSA), St.</sub></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/rapid-prototyping-speeds-work-robot-astronaut" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/rapid-prototyping-speeds-work-robot-astronaut#comments Robotics Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:03:00 +0000 30481 at http://machinedesign.com InTouch and iRobot Team Up to Revolutionize Healthcare http://machinedesign.com/intouch-and-irobot-team-revolutionize-healthcare <div class="node-body link-body">Intouch Health is using iRobot's RP-Vita Remote Presence Robot to bring a doctor's expertise to remote locations. The telepresence robot features autonomous navigation capabilities, modular bays with a variety of inputs and medical gear, a ControlStation app for iPad, and cloud-based infrastructure for reliable communications.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt=" iRobot&#039;s RP-Vita Remote Presence Robot" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/irobot-health-video.jpg?1379519269" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/intouch-and-irobot-team-revolutionize-healthcare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 video Technologies Robotics Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:41:00 +0000 30251 at http://machinedesign.com iRobot's RP-Vita Remote Presence Robot Getting Robots to Walk http://machinedesign.com/robotics/getting-robots-walk <div class="field-deck"> A team of researchers is trying to make robots walk like humans. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An engineering team is exploring walking as an efficient, simple way for robots to move around.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/getting-robots-walk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/getting-robots-walk#comments Robotics Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:18:00 +0000 29861 at http://machinedesign.com