What's hot in robotics

1. Create a Keynote in your Robotics Folio titled: "What's Hot in Robotics".
2. Visit, read and summarize five of the following web sites.

For each article provide...
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    ii. Five key points (dot points) outlining the information provided in the article
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Research another area where robotics are emerging as useful to society.
Give some background info.
Explain your choice

3. Write a news article outlining the latest developments in Robotics bringing all of this information together.
4. Save and email your teacher a copy of your work.

5. Listen to the Radio National Podcast: By Design: Robotics


talon military robot

Some of the greatest achievements in science and technology have come about because of military needs. One such achievement is the Talon Robot by Foster-Miller which has been recognized as one of the most amazing inventions of 2004 by “Time” magazine.

As the U.S. Army transforms into a lighter, more lethal force, the need for small mobile weapons systems (SMWS) becomes more crucial. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have already shown great advantage as an extension of the soldier for RSTA (reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition) missions, and SMWS are becoming available to provide a critical multiplier of the firepower in a transformed force.

There are more than 100 Talon Robots at work in Iraq and Afghanistan performing EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) duties which is a very dangerous job that is best done by the remote controlled robot with the soldier operating the robot at a safe distance away from the potential explosion.


autonomous car

The US Government is to sponsor a the third in a series of research projects for autonomous unmanned robot cars, this time driving around a mock urban area.
The vehicles will be required to navigate around traffic and pass other vehicles and drive within the road laws even stopping at intersections and giving way at roundabouts. The vehicle will be required to drive a 100 kilometre course to complete the task


Automation has long been a part of the mining industry, but advances in satellite, motion-sensor technology and robotics have made the stuff of science fiction a fact of everyday life. Photo courtesy AFP.

The heavy clank of machinery rings out across a seemingly deserted Outback mine site as an invisible satellite signal fires Rio Tinto's production line into motion.Massive stackers and reclaimers begin the task of sifting through rust-coloured piles of rich iron ore, readying them for the rail journey hundreds of kilometres from mine to port.
It's an industrious scene -- with hardly a living being in sight.
"People frequently ask whether we have anyone working here at all," one miner at Rio's Dampier operations told AFP.
"Due to automation and stuff most people are pretty well tucked away from the heat. There's not a lot of manual workers."
Automation has long been a part of the mining industry, but advances in satellite, motion-sensor technology and robotics have made the stuff of science fiction a fact of everyday life.
Machines which scoop the ore, dump it on a conveyor belt and hose it down are now controlled from the air-conditioned comfort of Rio Tinto's Perth operations centre, 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) away from the arid mine pit.


Japanese security robot nets intruders

Japanese companies on Thursday unveiled a security robot that can be operated remotely by cellphone and launch a net to capture an intruder.The prototype T-34, jointly developed by robot developer tmsuk Co. Ltd. and security company Alacom Co. Ltd., looks like a small wheeled vehicle and is loaded with sensors that detect anything untoward in an office building.
It can move at a maximum speed of 10 kilometres (six miles) per hour under the command of a person who sees real-time images of where the robot is on the screen of his cellphone.

iRobots PackBot On The Front Lines
Screen clipping taken: 17/07/2009, 11:07 AM


Agriculture is the science, art and industry of managing the growth of plants and animals for use by humans. In general, agriculture includes soil cultivation, growing and harvesting crops, raising and breeding livestock, dairy, and forestry (Crop Farming, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Farming, Forestry, Poultry Farming, Soil Management). [http://www.farmingrobot.com/]
In agriculture, the opportunities for robot-enhanced productivity are immense - and the robots are appearing on farms in various guises and in increasing numbers.
  • Milking robots

  • Sheep Shearing robot

  • Crop scouts robot that collect data in the field

  • Mechanical weeding and micro spraying robot

  • Planting, seedbed preparation, spraying, cultivation are all possible with smaller agriculture robots using GPS guidance

  • Harvesting robots

lely milking system

Milking Robotic System
The milking robotic system is designed to allow cows to choose how often they are milked each day. A milking robot identifies the cow, usually by an electronic tag, and determines if the cow is to be milked. Once a cow has been approved for milking, the milking robot begins the milking process. When milking is completed, the milk is measured and pumped away. All milking information is then saved in the robot?s computer system.


Students at a Tokyo primary school will soon be learning from the first robot teacher, a Japanese science professor says.University of Tokyo Professor Hiroshi Kobayashi has created a robot capable of teaching human students while also expressing a limited range of emotions, including anger in case of unruly children, The Daily Telegraph said Thursday.
The robot is named Saya and has been under development for 15 years leading up to the scheduled school trial.
The robot's 18 facial motors are what give it the ability to mimic certain human emotions while the humanoid's other inner workings allow it to speak multiple languages and set tasks, the newspaper said.


linkJapan's future dentists may soon be able to better appreciate patients' pain by training on a humanoid robot that can mumble "ouch" when the drill hits a nerve.The robot, resembling an attractive young woman with long black hair and a pink sweater, also can listen to instructions and react to pain by moving her eyes or hands.
A group of robot and computer makers presented the high-tech dental patient in Tokyo at the 2007 International Robot Exhibition, a four-day technology showcase that opened Wednesday.
The medical simulation robot, named "Simroid," is designed to be used for clinical training at dental schools, said Tatsuo Matsuzaki, an official at robot maker Kokoro Company Ltd., which developed the body and control system.
The 160-centimeter (five-foot-three) robot can say "it hurts" and frown when it feels uncomfortable from the dental drill.
"Because it's so real, dental trainees can see patients' feelings and will be able to develop good skills as they treat it, not as an object, but as a human being," Matsuzaki said.