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MIT researchers can see through walls using 'Wi-Vi'

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If Google Glass isn't enough to get you worried about technology, how about a device that can see through walls using Wi-Fi?Researchers at MIT are experimenting with a system called Wi-Vi, which they say can track moving objects through walls by using the inexpensive, nearly ubiquitous wireless system. Wi-Vi...
MIT researchers can see through walls using 'Wi-Vi'

Ant abilities could aid robot design

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A study showing how ants tunnel their way through confined spaces could aid the design of search and rescue robots, say scientists....
Ant abilities could aid robot design

Airware, which puts the brains in drones, nets $10.7M in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz

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Drones, or unmanned, aircraft are already used in military intelligence operations; Airware is betting that they will be big in commercial jobs as well and now has $10.7 million in Series A venture funding to help make that happen. Airware CEO Jonathan Downey Founded in 2011, the Newport Beach, Calif. startup...
Airware, which puts the brains in drones, nets $10.7M in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz

Robots in development can reach out and touch someone

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Georgia Tech team is working on a robotic arm that can "feel" through clutter to reach something, a common search-and-rescue task. [Read more]...
Robots in development can reach out and touch someone

This Week In Bots: The Pentagon Doesn't Trust Robots, But Your Grandma Does

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Bot Vid: Big Dog Quiets Its Engine Bark Boston Dynamics' Big Dog/LS3 project is already one of the most interesting pieces of military robotics out there, and the company just revealed more info on its latest hardware iteration. The robodogs are now more agile and can step over awkward barriers...
This Week In Bots: The Pentagon Doesn't Trust Robots, But Your Grandma Does
MIT researchers equip real-time mapping system with Kinect sensor

Swiss scientists create catbot: a robot that runs like a cat (video)

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Someone call MIT's researchers and tell them their terrifying cheetah robot has a long-lost teensy sibling in Switzerland. Developed in the laboratories of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the "cheetah-cub robot" is a four-legged metallic critter modeled after a house cat. The scientists focused on designing legs that...
Swiss scientists create catbot: a robot that runs like a cat (video)

Is That an Insect, or a Drone? Now You'll Never Know Until It's Too Late

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Guess Harvard’s not all cheating at quiz bowl, after all: Scientific American reports that researchers at the Kremlin on the Charles have created the Robobee, the world’s first insect-sized flying robot. It took a decade to get the mechanical critter, which is about the size of a quarter and has independently...
Is That an Insect, or a Drone? Now You'll Never Know Until It's Too Late

Meet the 11 startup grads from the Portland Seed Fund

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Portland is certainly growing as a startup city, and now there’s a new batch of companies ready to make their mark in the Rose City. The two-year-old Portland Seed Fund just graduated its fourth class of early-stage companies. The incubator, a unique public-private partnership supported by various government agencies and organizations, gave the startups $25,000...
Meet the 11 startup grads from the Portland Seed Fund
Drones will save us, drones will destroy us: citizens sound off at FAA meeting

Robotic fly takes off at Harvard

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World's smallest robot, Robobee, has wingspan of three centimetresThe smallest flying robot in the world has completed its maiden flight in a US laboratory.The tiny machine, named RoboBee, took off, hovered and performed basic manoeuvres, to the delight of scientists at Harvard University.Inspired by the common fly, the carbon fibre...
Robotic fly takes off at Harvard

Boston Dynamics Robot BigDog Now Has New Tricks

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The Pentagon-funded robot can now lift large loads, according to a newly released video. A robot funded by the Pentagon and created by Boston Dynamics is now strong enough to throw cement blocks, a video published on Thursday shows. The robot, named BigDog, has been in development since 2005...
Boston Dynamics Robot BigDog Now Has New Tricks

4 Good Rules For Using A Real "Lightsaber"

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You can almost hear fusty old Yoda's warning: "For consumerization, the lightsaber is not." He's right, but don't tell Wicked Lasers, maker of the 1.25-watt blue S3 Arctic series handheld laser. As a point of reference, standard laser pointers are less than 5/1000 of a watt. Even before you attach...
4 Good Rules For Using A Real "Lightsaber"

Micro Drones Now Buzzing Around Afghanistan

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British soldiers are testing out tiny 4×1-inch mini surveillance drones throughout Afghanistan. “We used it to look for insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing, which is a real asset,” said Sgt. Christopher Petherbridge. The toy-looking Black Hornet Nano can fly for up to...
Micro Drones Now Buzzing Around Afghanistan
Calm before the swarm: domestic drones are here, but the law's still catching up

Robot the size of a quarter takes off in first flight

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Hear that buzzing next to your ear? Don’t be so quick to flick next time, as it might not be a bug, but rather a bug-sized robot. The RoboBee, which is known as the world’s small flying robot, flew for the first time in a recently released video. The...
Robot the size of a quarter takes off in first flight

This Week In Bots: Roboplayers, Robodancers, Robowarriors, And The Delicate Ethics Of Robosex

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Would you love your Roomba more if it had rat-like whiskers? How about if it saved people's lives in post-disaster situations? Yeah, us too.RobohockeyTeaching robots to play sports is a clever way to advance the science of robotic movements, environment sensing, and artificial intellgence all in one swoop. That's because...
This Week In Bots: Roboplayers, Robodancers, Robowarriors, And The Delicate Ethics Of Robosex

Researchers using AI to build robotic bees

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In the near future, we might have to be a little more careful about swatting pesky bees while we’re trying to enjoy some time outdoors. British researchers at the Universities of Sussex and Sheffield are developing a computer model of a bee’s brain that they hope can help scientists better...
Researchers using AI to build robotic bees
Robot snakes can now wrap themselves around lamp posts
Obama signature could bring surveillance drones to your backyard
FAA moves ahead with plans to allow drone test flights in US airspace
Canadian mounties claim first person's life saved by a police search-and-rescue drone

Smartphone apps warning after 16 hill walkers get lost

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Police had to rescue 16 people who got lost in the Cairngorms after they had relied on smartphone apps to plot their routesHill walkers have been warned not to use smartphone apps to navigate in the Scottish mountains after the police had to rescue 16 people who got lost in...
Smartphone apps warning after 16 hill walkers get lost

How to ... make an interactive documentary

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Christian Aid's 'Big River Rising' documentary has been shortlisted for a digital media award. Emma Wigley shares her five top tips to get a similar project off the groundEarly last year I was given the rather daunting task of finding a creative way to make Christian Aid's resilient livelihoods and...
How to ... make an interactive documentary

BAE Systems speaks about unmanned ASTRAEA: no reason it can't stay in air 'for weeks'

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BAE Systems' ASTRAEA isn't a new concept -- the company's been playing up its unmanned potential for quite some time now -- but it's all seeming entirely less pie-in-the-sky now that the Farnborough Airshow has kicked off. Typically, UAVs are thought to be smaller, drone-type apparatuses; these things are...
BAE Systems speaks about unmanned ASTRAEA: no reason it can't stay in air 'for weeks'
Engineers Can Use This New Model To Build Robots That Run Super Fast On Legs
This Week In Bots: When Dying Alone, A Robot's Cold Comfort Can Be Oddly Comforting

Robot jellyfish feeds on its surroundings, looks for a job in underwater surveillance

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We've seen plenty of robots inspired by nature, but this robot jellyfish developed by researchers from University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech goes one big step beyond mimicking a jellyfish's movements. It's powered by hydrogen, which means that it could potentially stay underwater for prolonged periods of...
Robot jellyfish feeds on its surroundings, looks for a job in underwater surveillance

Snake robot teams up with rescue dog

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US-based researchers test pairing a robotic snake with a search-and-rescue dog in a simulated exercise in a collapsed building....
Snake robot teams up with rescue dog
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