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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

Robots: Computer Assisted Surgery

In this episode Ron Vanderkley speaks to Prof. Karol Miller, Director of the Intelligent Systems for Medicine Lab at the University of Western Australia, about medical robotics and how doctors and patients perceive its role and use. Central to his work are mathematical models of soft tissue (brain, liver, etc.) that can be used for robot-assisted surgery by providing fast and accurate feedback. He also discusses the potential and challenges in making surgery fully autonomous. Finally, we hear about how his computational tools could be used to build transformer-like robots that can reassemble to adapt to new tasks.

Syndicated 2014-06-27 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: A Code of Ethics for HRI Practitioners

Human-robot interaction is a fascinating field of research in robotics. It also happens to be the field that is closely related to many of the ethical concerns raised with regards to interactive robots. Should human-robot interaction (HRI) practitioners keep in mind things such as human dignity, psychological harm, and privacy? What about how robot design relates to racism and sexism? Curious to find out more, AJung spoke with Dr. Riek to talk about their recent work on drafting a code of ethics for HRI practitioners.

Syndicated 2014-06-14 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Russian Robotics

In this episode, Sabine speaks with Andrew Gryaznov, co-founder of Cubic Robotics and Roman Luchin, CEO of CyberTech Labs, about robotics in Russia. They provide us with an inside view on robotics education, innovations and startups in their country. The interview was done live at RoboForum in Moscow earlier this month. Roboforum is a cross disciplinary conference designed to unite the best minds in robotics, including scientists and designers, business people and governors as well as artists, engineers and popular science speakers worldwide. Speakers at the conference included creator of Hubo, Jun-Ho Oh, iCub’s Giorgio Metta, creator of the Blind Robot Louis-Philippe Demer, Vladimir Konyshev of Neurobotics, Skolkovo’s Albert Yefimov, NanoSatisfi’s Chris Wake, Unbounded’s Melonee Wise, Valery Komissarova of Grishin, and many more.

Syndicated 2014-05-30 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: RoboRoach

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Bill Reith an engineer at Backyard Brains. The company develops RoboRoach, the world's first commercially available "cyborg" which was successfully backed on KickStarter. Using their kit, you can briefly control the left/right movement of a cockroach from a smart phone using microstimulation of the antenna nerves. The RoboRoach is one of the many tools that Backyard Brains hopes to use to teach students about neuroscience. Aware of the ethical questions their work raises, the company has put out a set of ethical statements. To explore the ethical side further, AJung Moon speaks with Prof. Oliver Bendel at the School of Business in Basel.

Syndicated 2014-05-17 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Zero Tillage Robotics

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Professor Peter Corke from Queensland University of Technology, about the fast-tracking research that will see robots planting, weeding, maintaining and harvesting crops.

Syndicated 2014-05-02 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Schunk Manipulators

In this episode Per Sjoborg speaks with Henrik Schunk about his company’s work in gripping technology, modular robotics and dexterous manipulation. They then look at service robotics, which was the subject of this year’s SCHUNK Expert Days in Hausen, Germany. Henrik A. Schunk After his studies at the Technical Universities in Kaiserslautern and Dresden, Henrik […]

Syndicated 2014-04-19 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Termite-Inspired Construction

In this episode, we talk to Justin Werfel from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University about their latest paper published in Science on "Designing Collective Behavior in a Termite-Inspired Robot Construction Team". This work was done with Kirstin Petersen and Radhika Nagpal, director of the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group.

Syndicated 2014-04-04 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: EU Robotics Week

The European Robotics Week 2013 featured 334 robotics related events in 24 countries and attracted more than 55'000 participants spanning all ages. To give us a snapshot of the event, we talk to three organizers of robotics activities including Fiorella Operto in Italy, Roko Tschakarow in Germany, and Douwe Dresscher in the Netherlands.

Syndicated 2014-03-21 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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