Robot Provides Virtual Medical Care
News 8/17/2012 13 comments iRobot and InTouch Health have joined forces to create a state-of-the-art device called RP-VITA, which is making it easier for doctors to visit hospitalized patients' bedsides even if they can't get there in person.
Video: Robots to Recycle Space Junk
Blog 8/16/2012 40 comments DARPA's Phoenix program plans to harvest the components of retired, nonworking geostationary earth orbit (GEO) communication satellites and reuse them, saving money, and cleaning up space junk.
Robot Will Harvest Your Crops
News 8/10/2012 13 comments A multinational engineering project aims to create an intelligent robotics platform that can identify and harvest specific types of crops to help foster sustainable agriculture.
Update: Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars
News 8/6/2012 14 comments Curiosity carries 10 science instruments. Some of the tools are the first of their kind on Mars, including a laser-firing instrument for checking elemental composition of rocks from a distance.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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