RP-VITA Approved for Hospital Use, SUGV Approved for Disruptor Use
A week or so ago, the FDA (who I guess is somehow in charge of robots in hospitals) has decided that they're cool with robots like the RP-VITA telepresence platform wandering around on their own without having a nervous human in tow with one finger poised over an e-stop button. In other words, RP-VITA has been officially pronounced to be no more likely than anything else you'd find in a hospital hallway to somehow injure people. We'll share a few of iRobot's thoughts on the announcement, but first, we have a video of an iRobot 310 SUGV blowing up a bunch of stuff with a disruptor, because that's marginally more exciting.
Video Friday: One Moose, One Hundred Kilobots, and Robots Refueling Satellites
Seeing a few cool new robots at CES was a great way to kick off 2013, but now we've got a bit of a lull until our next big events (like ICRA in Germany) start to hit in a few months. But that's okay: we'll have plenty of projects to keep us busy, one of which we should be able to tell you about next week! Until then, here's a swarm of robot vids to keep you entertained.
Submersible Robotic Fishoplane Can Swim for Hundreds of Kilometers
As much as this may look like a fighter jet or spaceship, the folks at Xiaobo Tan's lab at Michigan State University are calling it a robotic fish. A robotic fish with a giant pair of wings that allow it to glide through the water with an incredible level of efficiency, giving this little guy a range of about 200 kilometers without having to be recharged. And why do we need a robot fish? BECAUSE IT'S A ROBOT FISH. Geez. And also because it can sniff out pollution for us.
Parrot Adds GPS and Partial Autonomy to AR Drone, Shows Off SenseFly UAV
We're huge fans of the AR Drone, not just because it's dirt cheap and a huge amount of fun, and also not just because it's actually being used for serious research, but because we love how Parrot just keeps on making it better year after year. At CES last week, they showed us a bunch of upgrades along the path to autonomy, along with their newest toy: a camera equipped eBee UAV from SenseFly.
Hands-On With the Next Generation Kinect: PrimeSense Capri
PrimeSense's 3D sensor, which is what's inside the Microsoft Kinect, has revolutionized vision for very cheap and very expensive robots. That's not what it was supposed to do: it was supposed to help lazy gamers get off their couches and jump around a little bit. PrimeSense is still very focused on marketable consumer applications with the next generation of the 3D sensor, called Capri, but we're more interested in what it'll do for our robots. At CES last week, we got some hands-on time with Capri, and we have some details for you.
Video Friday: CES Robots, FIRST Competition, and Power Loader
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) ends today in Las Vegas. As usual, there were lots of robots there, so today we bring you some videos from the show, in addition to our regular dose of robot footage, which this week includes a robotic band, FIRST's new game, and a real-life Power Loader. Happy Video Friday!
Robot Baby Diego-San Shows Its Expressive Face on Video
His name is Diego-san. He was born at UCSD. He's a baby robot. We had seen photos of him before, and we knew researchers were working hard to get it moving and doing other things that babies do. Now, for the first time, Diego-san shows off its face on video.
Toyota's Semi-Autonomous Car Will Keep You Safe
At a CES press conference yesterday, Toyota presented its semi-autonomous Lexus Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle, a car designed to take over from you when an accident is imminent to keep you in one piece.
Lego Announces Mindstorms EV3, a More 'Hackable' Robotics Kit
iRobot Introduces Mirra 530 Pool Cleaning Robot, Looj Goes International
Just ahead of CES next week, iRobot has announced a brand new pool cleaning robot, the Mirra 530, as well as international availability for the little Looj 330 gutter cleaner.
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