Robotics Roundup

Posted 4 Apr 2011 at 03:14 UTC (updated 4 Apr 2011 at 03:16 UTC) by John_RobotsPodcast Share This

photo of Wolfgang Heller and a projection of the Global 
Robotics Brain mindmap

There's been an abundance of news lately, and we've missed a few things. The man in the picture above, Wolfgang Heller, is shown with a projection taken from his Global Robotics Brain Project which tracks all manner of robotics-related news, resulting in gigantic mindmap of a broad range of robotics resources. High resolution 3D printing is here, at least for DIYers. A modular, reconfigurable robot, called iMobot, takes plug and play to a whole new level. DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program seeks to create a significantly improved scientific framework for the rapid design and fabrication of robot systems and greatly enhance robot mobility and manipulation in natural environments and significantly improve robot capabilities through fundamentally new approaches to the engineering of better design tools, fabrication methods, and control algorithms. iRobot recently introduced it's model 110, FirstLook, a surveillance device designed to be thrown. In a YouTube video that's passed 200,000 views Dr. James Porter, medical director of robotic surgery at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, uses the da Vinci surgical robot to fold a paper airplane that's smaller than a penny, demonstrating how this device provides surgeons with improved precision and dexterity.

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