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  • Video Friday: Mini Surgical Robot, Precision Drones, and Bioinspired Robotics at Harvard

    Video Friday: Mini Surgical Robot, Precision Drones, and Bioinspired Robotics at Harvard

    spectrum.ieee.org 28 Aug '15, 3pm

    In contrast to today’s large mainframe-like robots that reach into the body from outside the patient, Virtual Incision’s less-invasive robot platform design features a small, self-contained surgical device that is inserted in its entirety through a single incision in the patient’s abd...

  • Developmental Gaming System for Autistic Children

    Developmental Gaming System for Autistic Children

    spectrum.ieee.org 28 Aug '15, 7pm

    To help children with autistic spectrum disorder improve their social skills, researchers from the University of Kentucky have developed a prototype of a social narrative and gaming system, called MEBook. A Microsoft Kinect camera wired to a PC tracks a child’s facial expressions, bod...

  • Fear of Russia Drives High-Voltage Power Projects in the Baltics

    Fear of Russia Drives High-Voltage Power Projects in the Baltics

    spectrum.ieee.org 28 Aug '15, 3pm

    Photo: Litgrid Power Is Coming: The Topaz Installer laid HVDC cable to link Sweden and Lithuania. Former Soviet Union satellites such as Ukraine, Georgia, and the three Baltic states—Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia—rely heavily on Russian energy , a dependence that colors the ongoing g...

  • How to Build a Space Elevator From Scratch

    How to Build a Space Elevator From Scratch

    spectrum.ieee.org 28 Aug '15, 9pm

    Even with innovations like SpaceX’s reusable robotic boosters, chemical rockets remain an expensive , dangerous and unreliable way to reach orbit. How much easier it would be if astronauts could simply step into an elevator, press O for Orbit, and ascend gracefully to outer space. Thi...

  • The Resilience of the Reed Relay

    The Resilience of the Reed Relay

    spectrum.ieee.org 28 Aug '15, 7pm

    Invented in 1922 by a professor at Leningrad Electrotechnical University [pdf], the reed switch contains two slivers of wire that make contact in the presence of a magnet. Bell Telephone Laboratories evolved this device into the reed relay, in which the switch is controlled by an elec...

  • Hitachi Developing Dual-Armed Robot for Warehouse Picking

    Hitachi Developing Dual-Armed Robot for Warehouse Picking

    spectrum.ieee.org 26 Aug '15, 9pm

    From the number of different companies trying their hand at developing warehouse picking robots , it’s fairly safe to assume that they’re going to be a Big Thing in Not Too Long. This latest design comes from Hitachi, and it’s notable because it’s from a big company, it’s got two arms...

  • Robots With Smooth Moves Are Up to 40% More Efficient

    Robots With Smooth Moves Are Up to 40% More Efficient

    spectrum.ieee.org 27 Aug '15, 3pm

    Robot arms (and robots in general) are all about following orders. Your orders, merciless human overlord. You tell them to jump, and they say “I’m an arm, I don’t jump, but I can move around a little bit if you want.” And then they do, as best as they can. As far as the arm is concern...

  • Electric Glue Can Set Anywhere

    Electric Glue Can Set Anywhere

    spectrum.ieee.org 27 Aug '15, 7pm

    Glue is playing an increasingly important role in manufacturing and technology—for example, in cars and airplanes , new and lighter materials, such as carbon composites and plastics are now an important constituant. And with such material, instead of bolts, screws and welds to hold th...

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