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Panasonic Tests a Hair Washing Robot

Panasonic Tests  a Hair Washing Robot

Panasonic’s robot in action Panasonic recently demonstrated the first ever robotic hair washing machine which is now being tested at a hair salon in Japan and might replace human hair washers in the future. Should hair stylists have anything to ...

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Robotic Space Travel with Spidernaut

Robotic Space Travel with Spidernaut

Robotic space research steps into the new age of exploration at Purdue University with Spidernaut. Purdue University has long been associated with high-tech science-based research and currently there is nothing more out of this world than the work being conducted ...

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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 was started ...

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Perching on Vertical Surfaces

Perching on Vertical Surfaces

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland developed a microaerial vehicle capable of sticking onto vertical surfaces using the mechanisms many insects use for vertical perching. A group of these MAVs could collect data from natural ...

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Cyborg Insects

Cyborg Insects

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have successfully controlled the movements of beetles by delivering jolts of electricity directly to the insects’ brains and wing muscles. A wireless receiver, microcontroller, and six electrodes – collectively about the size ...

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The Bloodbot Project

The Bloodbot Project

Collaboration between the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College in London, and its Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory, has yielded the Bloodbot project, in which a robot has been designed to take blood samples from the ante-cubital fossa (ACF). Such ...

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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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Electronics-Free Robots

Electronics-Free Robots

Researchers at the Shuji Hashimoto Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan have taken the first steps towards creating an electronics-free robot. They have developed a chemical gel capable of autonomous movements without any electrical inputs. Their robot combines polymers that change their ...

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Honda’s Stride Assist

Honda’s Stride Assist

Honda Motor Company, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan and its American branch recently exhibited prototypes of two assistive devices at the 2009 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit, Michigan. The two wearable devices – designed to help the elderly ...

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Robot Improves Partial Knee Replacements

MAKO Surgical Corporation of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has developed a new partial knee replacement system incorporating a robotic arm and 3D imaging, which the inventors say allows for finer control and faster patient recovery time. Incorporating the first robotic arm ...

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