Robots for Real
The A-Team of Robots
Small reconnaissance robots can stand in for humans in dangerous situations. For instance, the University of Minnesota has developed the Scout robot, which has been deployed by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the lab has set its sights on the next big challenge: how to coordinate its motley teams of robots toward a single goal.
MIT's Shape-Shifting Robots
One day, rolling two tennis balls around in her hand, Daniela Rus wondered why the balls shouldn't be able to roll themselves. Her question led to a decade-long research program to design robots that reconfigure themselves--change shape, move across a surface, and create usable objects at the click of a button.
A Helping Hand From a Robot
The buzzword for robots is "autonomy"--but, at the Quality of Life Technology Center in Pittsburgh, the goal isn't to replace people but to help them do what they want to do. Robots now in development can reach for things in the kitchen, help steer wheelchairs, and even reinforce failing memories.
Surgeons and Robots Scrub Up
At Johns Hopkins University, a group of researchers are taking the operating room into the digital age. With steadier hands, better precision, and less fatigue than a human surgeon, robots are helping make surgery better for patients and doctors alike.
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