Robotic Taxi: A Taxi That Drives Itself

Robotic Taxi:  A Taxi That Drives Itself

Robot Taxi 

Eco Factor: Robotic car powered by electric motors.  With technology advancing at the pace it is today, we’ve to believe that by the end of the century we won’t be driving our cars around the city. Rather, we will just be sitting on the then historic driver’s seat and doing some work. While the concept looks futuristic, industrial designer Kubik Petr believes that nothing seems impossible with modern technology at hand. (Pics)

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RAPHaEL: Robotic Hand With A Delicate Touch

RAPHaEL: Robotic Hand With A Delicate Touch

RAPHaEL robotic hand

The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (AKA the RoMeLa Project) at the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech has designed and built a prototype robotic hand that is controlled and operated by compressed air. Called RAPHaEL (Robotic Air Powered Hand with Elastic Ligaments), the robot can hold heavier, solid objects, as well as light or delicate ones such as a light bulb or an egg.  (Video after the break)

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Exoskeleton Prototypes By Honda

Exoskeleton Prototypes By Honda

Bodyweight Support Assist 

Not so long ago we spoke highly about the Chariot that helps the amputees stand tall, and as if the world has taken to such technology development in a frenzy, we now have robotic aid to help people walk and lift coming from the American Honda Motors. Dubbed the Stride Management Assist and the Bodyweight Support Assist, these prototypes will help the weak-limbed or the elderly walk in a much more assured manner. (Video) (Pics)

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da Vinci Si Surgical System Operates In 3D HDTV

 da Vinci Si Surgical System Operates In 3D HDTV

da Vinci Si Surgical System

Now even the clumsiest doctor can perform incredibly precise microsurgery with this latest da Vinci Si Surgical system, the only one in the world that operates in 3D HDTV. Using four robotic arms and one channel of HD video for each eye, the system reduces and filters a surgeon’s movements to an ultra-tiny scale, allowing minimally-invasive surgical procedures that aren’t possible using conventional means.

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Scienstists Developing Robotic Octopus To Sovle Mysteries Of The Sea

Scienstists Developing Robootic Octopus To Sovle Mysteries Of The Sea

Sea Life Of Fondo Marino de Palma de Mallorca

Scientists are developing a robotic octopus that will be able to search the seabed with the same extraordinary dexterity as the real eight-legged cephalopod. With no solid skeleton, the robot would be the world’s first entirely soft robot, say researchers.

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Robotic Weather Planes Could Improve Weather Forecasts

Robotic Weather Planes Could Improve Weather Forecasts 

 Small, unmanned aerial vehicles, such as this 18-kilogram Boeing ScanEagle, could provide more precise data about weather systems.

Weather forecasters may not have the best reputation for accuracy, but with today’s computational modeling, it’s possible to make pretty reliable weather predictions up to 48 hours in advance. Researchers at MIT, however, believe that autonomous aircraft running smart storm-chasing algorithms could get that figure up to four days. Better weather forecasting could help farmers and transportation authorities with planning and even save lives by providing earlier warnings about storms and severe weather, says Jonathan How, principal investigator at MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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RoboClam

RoboClam 

Some of the best designs that man has conjured up through the ages have been inspired by evolution, and it is no shame in taking a cue from what evolution has perfected over a course of millions of years. Researchers from MIT have created their latest robotic marvel in the form of “RoboClam,” and this little robot akin to a cigarette lighter buries itself deep in the sea bed and can act as an electronic anchor for underwater submarines. The technology behind the design and execution came from razor clams, tiny and slender sea creatures that bury themselves deep into the ocean’s sandy bed when in danger.
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Wearable Robotic Arm

Wearable Robotic Arm 

Tail-wrist-II

Paraplegics and the elderly often face problems with their joints and muscle movements. When stuck to bed owing to their illness, patients tend to develop contraction of muscles that could be irreversible, and regular range of motion exercises through physiotherapy is the only alternative left. There are a few muscle and joint extractors available to assist, but Tail-wrist-II seems to be a novel makeover in the category. Developed by Hideyuki Tsukakoshi, assistant professor of Mechanical Control Systems at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Tail-wrist-II is designed to prevent contraction of muscles and joints.

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Robotic Office Chair

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Robotic Chair

Called the Leopard, Japan’s Oki Electric Industry Company and Okamura Corporation have developed a robotic chair that will rise up to meet you as you sit. It’s based off of a robotic set of legs the duo developed that better simulates jumping for bipedal ‘bots. The chair doesn’t jump, but it will tilt to cuddle you, bringing both the seat and the backrest in to greet you. It’ll also gently push you upward when it feels you stand.

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Robotic System That Will Operate On A Beating Heart

Robotic System That Will Operate On A Beating Heart 

This device lets surgeons attach small anchors to tissue inside a beating heart by compensating for the heart’s movement. 

Fixing the heart is hard. Certain procedures have to be performed on a stationary organ, so the heart is stopped and the patient put on a cardiopulmonary bypass machine. But stopping the heart increases the risk of brain damage. Now researchers at Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston are testing a robotic system that could help surgeons perform a common valve repair while the heart beats on. The system uses 3-D ultrasound images to predict and compensate for the motion of the heart so that the surgeon can work on a patient’s mitral valve as it moves.

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