Universities and Research in Robotics on EXPO21XX

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Girls of Steel Comic is an illustrative journey across the past seasons robotics and FIRST programs by the Girls of Steel in support of the Carnegie Mellon University and the Field Robotics Center in Pittsburgh. Girls of Steel Comic is an illustrative journey across the past seasons robotics and FIRST programs by the Girls of Steel in support of the Carnegie Mellon University and the Field Robotics Center in Pittsburgh.


Life in the Atacama - CMU Field Robotics Center

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Field investigation over three years will use a rover to make transects of the Atacama with instruments to detect subsurface microorganisms and chlorophyll-based life forms and to characterize habitats. The rover will integrate panoramic imagers, microscopic imagers, spectrometers, as well as mechanisms for subsurface access.Robotic considerations in addition to instrument integration include platform configuration, planetary-relevant localization, complex obstacle negotiation, over-the-horizon navigation, and power-cognizant activity planning. An architecture that coordinates these capabilities, provides health monitoring and fault recovery, and allows for variability in the degree of autonomy is vital to long-duration operations.


2018 could see a robotic surgery shake-up

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Since Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci system earned the FDA nod in 2000, the company has enjoyed a sizable head start in the minimally invasive robotic surgery field. Competition has been brewing for years, from players large and small, but 2018 could be the year the market finally sees a shake-up.


Sony back in the robotics game with new version of Aibo

ZDNet

Japanese technology company Sony will return to the robotics field with a refreshed version of Aibo, a household robot resembling a dog. The new version of the dog-robot -- originally launched in 1999 and halted in 2006 as part of Sony's cost-cutting and reorganisation efforts -- will be equipped with internet connectivity as well as artificial intelligence, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The robot will be able of controlling domestic appliances with a voice command, similar to using smart home devices provided by Amazon and Google, Nikkei has reported. Sony revealed it would be returning to the robotics game in 2016 when it said it was working on robots that would "win people's hearts". The company's president Kazuo Hirai said the aim is to offer new experiences for users by combining Sony's audiovisual and home entertainment technologies with the latest advances in robotics and artificial intelligence.


A self-assembled nanoscale robotic arm controlled by electric fields

Science

The use of dynamic, self-assembled DNA nanostructures in the context of nanorobotics requires fast and reliable actuation mechanisms. We therefore created a 55-nanometer–by–55-nanometer DNA-based molecular platform with an integrated robotic arm of length 25 nanometers, which can be extended to more than 400 nanometers and actuated with externally applied electrical fields. Precise, computer-controlled switching of the arm between arbitrary positions on the platform can be achieved within milliseconds, as demonstrated with single-pair Förster resonance energy transfer experiments and fluorescence microscopy. The arm can be used for electrically driven transport of molecules or nanoparticles over tens of nanometers, which is useful for the control of photonic and plasmonic processes. Application of piconewton forces by the robot arm is demonstrated in force-induced DNA duplex melting experiments.