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How Carnegie Mellon’s snake robot became the multi-legged snake monster

How Carnegie Mellon’s snake robot became the multi-legged snake monster  The snake has long been one of the most compelling demos out of Carnegie Mellon’s robotics lab. Inspired by the biblical reptile of the same name, its long, skinny build makes it perfect for squeezing into tight spaces, guided by the camera embedded in its […]

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The Kaarta Contour handheld scanner uses LIDAR to map spaces in real time

The Kaarta Contour handheld scanner uses LIDAR to map spaces in real time  The Contour looks a bit like an oversized portable gaming console. There’s a seven-inch touchscreen display in the center, with two large handles on either side. A circular LIDAR scanner juts out in front, scanning the space as you go. As it […]

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Teaching robots to learn about the world through touch

Teaching robots to learn about the world through touch  Slowly, but surely, the Baxter robot is learning. It starts as a series random grasps — the big, red robot pokes and prods clumsily at objects on the table in front of it. The process is pretty excruciating to us humans, with around 50,000 grasps unfolding […]

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HuMoTech’s robotic feet make it easier to test drive a bunch of different prosthetics

HuMoTech’s robotic feet make it easier to test drive a bunch of different prosthetics  There are white boards lining the walls covered in complex formulas and earlier iterations of the company’s robotic leg are scattered in pieces on and underneath tables. You can practically chart the company’s half-decade of development with a quick look around […]

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RE2 is making bomb defusing robots as intuitive to control as your own hands

RE2 is making bomb defusing robots as intuitive to control as your own hands  Within a few minutes, I’ve got one hand grasped gingerly on the zipper. The other is holding the bag’s handle in place. I unzip it slowly, as if performing surgery. There’s none of the pressure of a real life battlefield, but […]

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