September 15, 2009

Waldo No Longer Lost


Waldo, Mote Marine Labs' 115-pound autonomous underwater vehicle, went missing last week and its creators were literally asking "Where's Waldo?" A $500.00 reward was offered on the $100,000.00 AUV, but apparently he was only 50 ft. away from where he was lost. The sub resurfaced and signaled its position to his owners. Waldo has been trolling the Gulf near Venice since 2005, seeking phytoplankton, a single-celled algae that produces red tide.

Via Mote

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September 9, 2009

Nao Works the MS Surface

Aldebaran Robotics' Nao was put to a test by playing with the Microsoft Surface. Watch as he zooms in and out on the tiger and shuffles around other photos. We have to admit that he is rather cute and doesn't seem to notice that he can play with the electronic table with no need of human intervention.

Via Technomaniac (translated)

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August 13, 2009

Cornell's Nova Wins AUVSI Competition


Cornell has won this year's AUVSI Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition. Nova went through the entire course autonomously by going through the validation gate, following pipes, hitting a buoy, going under a wire, firing torpedoes, and surfacing with a carried briefcase in the recovery zone. We are exhausted just listening to the description. The 12th annual competition winners are already envisioning their entry for 2010.


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August 12, 2009

Cybraphon Literally Feels the Music


It is not a proper robot per se, but Cybraphon is a musical cabinet that cares. Three UK artists built the autonomous emotional robot band that houses a Shruti box, chimes, cymbals, other percussion instruments and a record player. Connected to the Interweb, it monitors its popularity on Facebook and can readjust its music based on that and mood. Check out its tunes on Facebook and if you like what you hear, there are plans in to works to release actual albums by the furniture/robot.

Via Cybraphon

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June 26, 2009

Medical Bot Detects Shrapnel Autonomously


This incredible medical robot can locate shrapnel and guide a needle to the location in the body without human assistance. Developed by bioengineers at Duke University, they used a basic tabletop bot with a 3D ultrasound probe and an AI program. They attached an electromagnet to the probe so that when the shrapnel vibrated, its motion was detected. The autonomous medical bot may also have future applications as placing and removing radioactive "seeds" when treating cancer.

Via Science Daily

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