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Robots: Finding Objects Using RFID

In this episode, Sabine Hauert speaks with Travis Deyle, about his IROS-nominated work on RFID tags, his blog Hizook, and the career path that brought him from academia, to founding his own start-up, and finally working for Google[x].

Syndicated 2014-11-15 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Nylon Fishing Line Actuator

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Professor Geoffrey Spink from Wollogong University about his team's work on artificial muscles. Professor Spink's Australian led team are able to produce artificial muscles from nylon fishing line that can contract by about 50% of their original length, can generate forces that are over 100 times larger than our own muscle, and produce a mechanical power output of over five kilowatts per kilogram - similar to a jet engine. He tells us that “the advantage of using something as simple as fishing line or sewing thread is that they're really cheap and they're readily available... The tools we need to make the fishing line muscles are fishing line, a hair dryer, and an electric drill.”

Syndicated 2014-10-31 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Getting Girls Engaged in Robotics

Earlier this year, the Robots Podcast team came across a very interesting story. It was about two, 17 year old twin sisters who have started their own robotics outreach group. The story about the Tipperman sisters got us curious. What kind of robotics outreach activities are out there to inspire children with robotics? Do any of these activities make a difference in getting more girls to be interested in robotics? In this episode, AJung conducted a series of three interviews. She spoke to the Tipperman sisters to find out more about their activities, spoke with Ross Mead, a PhD student who has years of experience organizing robotics events and inspiring young minds, and with Professor Elizabeth Croft, a roboticist who also happens to study the topic of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Syndicated 2014-10-17 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Quest for Computer Vision

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Peter Corke, the professor of robotic vision at Queensland University of Technology, about computer vision. They speak about the history and future of computer vision, and Peter's upcoming Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).

Syndicated 2014-10-03 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: AirDog

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Edgars Rozentals, who is the CEO and Founder of Helico Aerospace Industries. They talk about Helico's upcoming product, 'AirDog', which is an autonomous quadrocopter that is used to record video of action sports.

Syndicated 2014-09-21 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: M-Blocks

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews John Romanishin from MIT, about his project 'M-Blocks'. M-Blocks are small cubes with no exterior moving parts that can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes.

Syndicated 2014-09-05 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Birdly

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Max Rheiner from Zurich University, about his bird-flight simulator 'Birdly'. The participant can control the simulator with his hands and arms, which directly correlates to the wings and the primary feathers of the bird. Visualized through head-mounted display (Oculus Rift) the participant is embedded in a virtual landscape where his body is the body of a Red Kite.

Syndicated 2014-08-22 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Stiquito

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews James Conrad, professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, about the history of the autonomous walking robot, Stiquito. Stiquito is a small, inexpensive hexapod (i.e., six-legged) robot that has been used since 1992 by universities, high schools, and hobbyists. It is propelled by nitinol, an alloy actuator wire that expands and contracts, and roughly emulates the operation of a muscle. Nitinol contracts when heated and returns to its original size and shape when cooled. The robot can be outfitted with several sensors for more advanced behavior, such as obstacle avoidance, line following, and light tracking.

Syndicated 2014-08-08 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Ekso Bionics

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to Russ Angold, co-founder and CTO of Ekso Bionics, about the wearable bionic suit, Ekso. This suit enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait. Walking is achieved by the user’s weight shifts to activate sensors in the device which initiate steps. Battery-powered motors drive the legs, replacing deficient neuromuscular function.

Syndicated 2014-07-25 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Cruise

In this episode, we speak with Kyle Vogt, the CEO of Cruise. His company recently joined the "driverless revolution" with their release of RP-1. This system is a highway autopilot that can be installed in your existing car. It controls your steering, throttle, and braking, making sure your car remains safely in its lane and a safe distance from the car in front of you.

Syndicated 2014-07-12 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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