A NASA robot, named Robonaut 2, greeted its human commander with a hearty handshake on February 15, along with a silent message: “Hello, World.” The historic handshake between man and machine, a first in space, was shared between NASA’s humanoid robot Robonaut 2, and American astronaut Daniel Burbank on the International Space Station. Robonaut 2 is a $2.5 million droid designed to be an autonomous assistant to help astronauts with complex chores to keep the space station running properly. The robot was developed through a NASA partnership with car manufacturer General Motors and is the first humanoid robot ever to fly in space.
CITEC Bielefeld’s anthropomorphic robot head known as FloBi has recently received an upgrade that comes with an affordable and simple motion-capture setup.
A robotics research team at the University of Pennsylvania has designed a system to coordinate a number of small quadrotors, a step toward coordinating multiple robots for tasks such as surveillance or searching areas after a disaster.
Team of researchers at the University of Ottawa are developing a robot that mimics the human face’s expressions and human hand’s tactile processes, which they say will be useful in areas like nursing, nuclear plant maintenance, and explosive device disposal.
EOS Innovation that hails from France has come up with the E-One remote monitoring robot that is currently in the experimental stage, but is intended to patrol on its own and alert its owner if it detects anything unusual.
A research group at Osaka University, led by Professor Arai, is developing a six-legged robot, with features of the design borrowed from insects. This robot walks on six legs, and it can use two legs as arms when needed, so it can pick things up and carry them.
The robots, James and Rosie, are able to respond to orders like “make me a sandwich” with the use of visual-detection systems from an Xbox Kinect.
Aldebaran Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robots development, has introduced new Nao Next Gen robot with the improved software and hardware features.
Harvard scientists have built a new type of soft robot that is limber enough to wiggle through tight spaces. The creators of the new robot decided to use no higher animals as a model, but more primitive organisms, which have no internal skeleton such as worms, starfish, squid.