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The people at Barrett Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts are always glad to lend a hand, or an arm, or both, as long as they're robotic. Barrett Technologies is on the cutting edge of developing and implementing robotic technology.
Provides an overview of how robots are currently being used and what advances can be expected in the future. Imagine tiny micro bots cleaning a classroom, mini robots retrieving library videos, or a "smart house" that will be automated to take care of an entire family.
Robotics is gaining more and more ground in all areas of everyday life. It is increasingly common to see robots in the industrial field, in the workplace, or just being used for fun. Recently, robots have found their place in the educational field. This episode traces the evolution of robots and discusses the technological advances made in the world of robotics.
With support from the National Science Foundation, the RoMeLa Lab at Virginia Tech is developing robots to perform a wide variety of tasks and to eventually be able to move and think on their own. The robots in Dennis Hong’s lab climb walls, negotiate bumpy terrain, and type letters.
Northwestern University Mechanical Engineering professor Todd Murphey and his team are engineering robots to mimic humans. With support from the National Science Foundation, the team is using algorithms to enhance a robot’s ability to adapt to human behaviors. Part of the "Science Nation" series.
With support from the National Science Foundation, computer scientist Manuela Veloso and her team at Carnegie Mellon University are developing CoBots, autonomous indoor service robots to interact with people and provide help. CoBots can transport objects, deliver messages, and escort people to places. They are able to plan their paths and smoothly navigate autonomously.
With support from the National Science Foundation, researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara are building soft robots inspired by vines. The team is also engineering vine robots with the ability to configure themselves into 3-D structures, such as manipulators and antennae for communication. Part of the "Science Nation" series.
The smartest people in the world have spent millions of dollars trying to develop high-tech robots. Even though technology has come a long way, these humanoid robots are nowhere close to having the "brain" and motor control of a human. Why is that? A MIT scientist explains the motor control processes in the human brain, and how cutting-edge research is trying to implement it in robots. Part of the "Science Out Loud" series.
Research engineers and students in the University of California, Los Angeles, Biomechatronics Lab are designing artificial limbs to be more sensational, with the emphasis on sensation. With support from the National Science Foundation, the team, led by mechanical engineer Veronica J. Santos, is constructing a language of touch that both a computer and a human can understand. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
RoboCup is the Olympics of college-level robotics and artificial intelligence contests. As teams gear up for the next round of competition, the “SpelBots” have positioned themselves as the team to beat. That’s the team from Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta. They tied for first place globally in the humanoid soccer championship in Osaka, Japan in 2009, just four year after becoming the first all-women, African American team to enter the competition.
Step into the future of medicine with a look at the surgical robotics being developed at the Johns Hopkins Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology. Here, engineers are designing less invasive surgical techniques and robots that a decade ago may have seemed like science fiction. Many of these techniques are leading to significantly quicker and less painful recoveries while giving surgeons more flexibility than ever before.
His name is HERB (Home Exploring Robot Butler) and he’s a robotic butler designed to open doors, clean tables, and even retrieve slippers. He doesn't look as human as his Japanese counterparts, but HERB has a bigger brain according to its developer Siddhartha Srinivasa at Intel Labs located on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. With funding from the National Science Foundation, HERB is being programmed to think and function on its own and to navigate unknown environments.
Robotic students at UC Berkeley have designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall. It can also perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting in the highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded. The agility of the robot opens new pathways of locomotion that were not previously attainable. The researchers hope that one day this robot and other vertically agile robots can be used in search and rescue missions.
Assembly line workers won’t be swapping stories with their robotic counterparts any time soon, but future robots will be more aware of the humans they’re working alongside. With support from the National Science Foundation, roboticist and aerospace engineer Julie Shah and her team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing next generation assembly line robots that are smarter and more adaptable than robots available on today’s assembly lines. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard (EMILY) is called into action by lifeguards and emergency response teams around the world for water rescues. With support from the National Science Foundation, roboticist Robin Murphy of Texas A&M University and her colleagues are developing some upgrades to make EMILY and other rescue robots "smarter" for large-scale water rescues, such as a capsized ferry or water taxi. Part of the "Science Nation" series.
Imagine robots no bigger than a fingertip scrambling through the rubble of a disaster site to search for victims or to assess damage. That’s the vision of engineer Sarah Bergbreiter and her research team at the University of Maryland. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), they’re building micro-robots to create legs that will ultimately allow a millimeter-scale robot to traverse rough terrain at high speeds. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Cubelets are magnetic, electronic building blocks, each with a small computer inside, that can be connected in many different ways to move around a table, follow a hand signal, turn on a light, play sounds, or do many other creative tasks. They were developed by Eric Schweikardt and his team at Modular Robotics, with support from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. These 21st century building blocks are meant to help kids learn about the basics of robotics while boosting their confidence to solve problems.
Cyborg technology is a revolutionary development in rehabilitation medicine. It allows the brain and nervous system to manipulate specially engineered devices that help people regain the use of impaired body function. Once a dream of science fiction, this revolutionary technology is now becoming a reality. Demostrates a deep brain stimulation that can help stop the violent shaking of victims of Parkinson's disease. Presents two professors from the State University of New York and Duke University who discuss their cutting-edge research.
Almost fifty years ago the first industrial robot was "employed" in an automobile assembly plant. Robots are regularly used for hazardous, super-heavy and difficult tasks in manufacturing, agriculture, entertainment, medicine, and space exploration. Welding robots with touch sensing and seam tracking abilities increase assembly plant efficiency, while robotic surgery results in less pain, quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays. NASAs robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity are mapping the terrain and searching for evidence of water on Mars. Honda Motor Company's humanoid robot, ASIMO, can walk, run, recognize people and identify sounds and voices.
Bilge Mutlu, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison knows a thing or two about the psychology of body language. With support from the National Science Foundation, Mutlu and his fellow computer scientist, Michael Gleicher, take a gaze into the behavior of humans and create algorithms to reproduce it in robots and animated characters. Both Mutlu and Gleicher are betting that there will be significant benefits to making robots and animated characters look more like humans.