automation

The Future Of Pool Maintenance Is Automation

The Future Of Pool Maintenance Is Automation

Up until a few years ago, you had two choices when it came to pool maintenance. The first choice was to do all of the pool cleaning and maintenance chores manually, which was a time consuming and exhausting process. The ...

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Lighty:Ultimate Lighting Control Automation System

Lighty:Ultimate Lighting Control Automation System

Lighty system diagram Lighty system user interface Japanese researchers developed a unique robotic system which allows them to control lights in a room in unprecedented precision and ease. The system will allow simple to use home automation lighting control for ...

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FRIDA Robot will Make your Gadget

FRIDA Robot will Make your Gadget

Meet FRIDA – a two handed concept robot for industrial assembly applications. This striking creation might be able to bridge the gap between fully manual assembly and fully automated manufacturing lines.     Frida Robot (credit: ABB) The Frida project ...

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Automating Common Computer Tasks

Automating Common Computer Tasks

Researchers at the Massachusetts Information of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts have developed a new system that learns and automates common computer tasks. Unlike macros which blindly repeat specific pre-programmed tasks, the new MIT system, called KarDo, can extrapolate the meaning ...

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Automated Origami

Automated Origami

Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts have developed a sheet capable of folding itself into traditional origami shapes. Consisting of 32 triangular glass fiber tiles with elastomer joints studded with thin metal actuators ...

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Brain-Actuated Wheelchair

Researchers at the University of Zaragoza in Spain have developed a wheelchair capable of reacting to directional thoughts of its user. The chair uses a laser scanner to generate a three dimensional map of its surroundings. Users concentrate on one ...

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Special Operations Gets Hummingbird UAV

Special Operations Gets Hummingbird UAV

The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is in the process of deploying its first Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The new UAV, developed by Boeing in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) looks like ...

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Coast Guard New UAVs

Coast Guard New UAVs

After scrapping plans for its own vertical liftoff unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) last year, the United States Coast Guard is now making plans to use or adapt Navy, Customs, and Border Patrol UAVs for its own needs. The goal is ...

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Grasshopper-Inspired Jumping Robot

Grasshopper-Inspired Jumping Robot

Researchers from the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL, one of the two Ecoles Polytechniques Federales in Switzerland, have developed a grasshopper-inspired jumping robot. The team unveiled the new robot at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, which ...

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Air-Ray Ballonet

Air-Ray Ballonet

Inspired by the Manta ray, the largest known specimen of the ray family, the German firm “Festo” created the “Air ray” – a remote-controlled ballonet filled with helium and constructed with a flapping-wing drive mechanism, which allows it to “swim” ...

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