Personal Robots

December 3, 2012

  • Personal Robot Closer to Doing Your Laundry
    Robots used in industrial settings often perform dull, dangerous, or repetitive functions — if only they could take over similar tasks in people’s homes! While the price of personal robots is still prohibitive and the technology is still developing, a robotic housekeeper isn’t the science fiction it was 50 years ago. Researchers are working hard [...]

Throwable Surveillance Robot

November 30, 2012

Friday Fun Video: The Throwable Surveillance Robot Most of the time, we’re not encouraged to throw, manhandle, or drop kick our technology. If we had a dollar for every time we heard “This is why we can’t have nice things,” we’d be able to buy new nice things. However, iRobot has no such qualms about [...]

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Meet Baxter, Manufacturing’s New Robot Wonder

September 19, 2012

Meet Baxter, Manufacturing’s New Robot Wonder Meet Baxter, the new robot from Rethink Robotics, heralded to change American manufacturing. In comparison with traditional manufacturing robots, he might appear to be a light weight. But it’s in Baxter’s differences from traditional robotics that his unique potential shines through. Inexpensive, easy to train, and safe, Baxter is [...]

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Robotic Dog with Super Strength

September 14, 2012

DARPA Produces Super-Strength Robotic Dog We don’t think we’ll let it sit on our lap any time soon, but we wouldn’t mind taking this dog for a walk. Boston Dynamics and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) have created a robotic dog that, according to the BBC, can carry up to 400 lb and [...]

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More Women in Manufacturing

September 10, 2012

Women a Growing Demographic in Manufacturing Despite great advances made in the workplace for equal pay and equal opportunities despite gender, there are still places where breaking into the boys’ club can be difficult. You don’t typically find women on the factory floor — but perhaps that’s about to change. CNN recently published an article [...]

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Robotic Entertainment

August 31, 2012

Robots Rock Out Here at the RIA, we’re preparing for a long weekend. In celebration for having Monday off to relax and enjoy the last of summer, we’ve brought you a little robotic entertainment for this week’s Friday Fun Video. Of course, while a four-arm performer might have some advantages over a human counterpart, we [...]

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The Small Business Robot

August 29, 2012

The Small Business Robot Robots are sometimes thought of as viable avenue only for large, wealthy companies, and just a pipe dream for small and medium sized businesses. But here at the RIA we believe every size business can reap the benefits of automation because we’ve seen it, and we’re so committed to spreading the [...]

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Model-Based Engineering

August 28, 2012

Model-Based Engineering and Automation Not only are advances in automation pushing the boundaries of the end technology we put produce, but they are also revolutionizing the conception stages of technology. When engineers once used documents as the data source for a product, model-based engineering has come to take a prominent spot on the stage. Why [...]

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Soft Robot Learns Camouflage Trick

August 24, 2012

Soft Robot Learns Camouflage Trick In the ever evolving world of robotics, researchers have taken another cue from nature. Scientists at Harvard have added a layer of skin to their soft robot, threaded with micro channels that they can pump dye through it. The robot can blend in with the color of its surroundings or [...]

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Government Initiative to Fund Additive Manufacturing R&D

August 22, 2012

Government Initiative to Fund Additive Manufacturing R&D In a season of a lot of political talk, it’s refreshing to see some action. President Obama recently announced the start of a government initiative that will partner with businesses, universities, and non-profit organizations to fund research and development in additive manufacturing. Additive Manufacturing Initiative Brings New Shine [...]

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