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CHIMP Robot Gets Ready For DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals
May 26, 2015. “Faster” is the byword for the Tartan Rescue Team from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) as it makes final preparations for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals June 5-6.
Carnegie Mellon and Astrobotic Awarded NASA Contracts To Develop Prospecting Technologies for Moon, Planets
May 01, 2015. NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program has awarded $375,000 in contracts to Astrobotic Technology and Carnegie Mellon University to develop sensing and navigation technologies for finding minerals and other resources on the Moon, Mars, and other planetary bodies.
Turning Your Smartphone Into a Ruler
March 30, 2015. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a way to use a smartphone’s sensors to build 3-D models of faces or other objects and — literally, with the wave of a hand — provide accurate measurements of those objects.
Snake Robots Learn To Turn By Following the Lead of Real Sidewinders
March 23, 2015. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University who develop snake-like robots have picked up a few tricks from real sidewinder rattlesnakes on how to make rapid and even sharp turns with their undulating, modular device. Working with colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Zoo Atlanta, they have analyzed the motions of sidewinders and tested their observations on CMU’s snake robots.
Robotics Institute Spinoff Introduces Speck, Personal Air Quality Monitor
March 16, 2015. Speck, a personal air pollution monitor introduced today at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, will enable people to monitor the level of fine particulate matter suspended in the air inside their homes, helping them assess if their health is at risk. Developed at the Robotics Institute and now being marketed by a CMU spinoff company, Speck provides individuals with an unprecedented depth of knowledge about their personal exposure to particulates.
International Competitors Join CMU Teams in DARPA Robotics Challenge
March 05, 2015. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has qualified 14 additional teams, including competitors from Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, China and South Korea, to join teams from Carnegie Mellon University and elsewhere in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals, June 5-6 in Pomona, Calif.
Students Will Flight Test Sensor Package For Modeling Pits on Moon and Mars
March 05, 2015. A team of Carnegie Mellon University undergraduates is heading to California’s Mojave Desert this spring to flight test a sensor package they developed for analyzing large pits in the surface of the moon or Mars.
New Space Race: Astrobotic Will Deliver Competitor’s Robots To The Moon
February 25, 2015. Astrobotic Technology, which is pursuing the Google Lunar XPrize together with Carnegie Mellon University, will not only deliver its own robot to the moon, but also a pair of rovers for Hakuto, the only Japanese team in the competition.
Autonomous Drone Flies in Dark, Tight Quarters To Assist Naval Firefighters
February 04, 2015. In a demonstration aboard a former U.S. Navy ship, a small quadrotor developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and spin-off company Sensible Machines flew autonomously through dark, smoke-filled compartments to map fires and locate victims.
Uber, Carnegie Mellon Announce Strategic Partnership
February 02, 2015. Uber and Carnegie Mellon University have announced a strategic partnership that includes the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, near the CMU campus. The center will focus on the development of key long-term technologies that advance Uber’s mission of bringing safe, reliable transportation to everyone, everywhere.
Google Lunar X Prize Awards $1 Million to Astrobotic
January 26, 2015. The Google Lunar XPrize has awarded a $1 million Milestone Prize to Astrobotic Technology for achieving technical goals set for its lunar landing system. It is the third Milestone Prize awarded to the Astrobotic and Carnegie Mellon University team that is preparing to land its robot on the moon.
Six-legged “Snake Monster” Is First of New Robot Breed
January 12, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University’s latest robot is called Snake Monster, however, with six legs, it looks more like an insect than a snake. But it really doesn’t matter what you call it, says its inventor, Howie Choset— the whole point of the project is to make modular robots that can easily be reconfigured to meet a user’s needs.
Lunar Rover Wows XPRIZE Judges, Wins Milestone Prize
December 16, 2014. The Google Lunar XPRIZE announced today that Andy, a four-wheeled lunar rover designed and built by Carnegie Mellon University, is the winner of a Milestone Prize for mobility after judges concluded it is thus far the only robot among the competing teams to meet development benchmarks for flight readiness.
Okawa Foundation Awards Research Grant To Yong-Lae Park
December 15, 2014. Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor in the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute and the founder of the Soft Robotics and Bionics Lab, is among the latest recipients of the Okawa Research Grant, which is awarded by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications.
Breathe Cam Lets Citizens Document Pittsburgh’s Air Pollution
December 03, 2014. A system of four cameras, called Breathe Cam, now keeps a constant watch on air quality over Pittsburgh, providing citizens with a new interactive tool for monitoring and documenting visual pollution in the air they breathe and even tracing it back to its sources. Funded by The Heinz Endowments as part of its Breathe Project, the camera system was developed and deployed by the CREATE Lab in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute.
CoBots Reach 1,000-Kilometer Milestone of Autonomous Operation
November 25, 2014. For three years, a group of robots, known as CoBots, has been navigating the corridors of Carnegie Mellon University’s Gates and Hillman centers and Newell-Simon Hall, running errands and guiding visitors without human supervision. On Nov. 18, their collective odometer reached 1,000 kilometers — more than 620 miles — a first-ever accomplishment for indoor autonomous robots.
Carnegie Mellon Unveils Lunar Rover “Andy”
November 24, 2014. Carnegie Mellon University today unveiled Andy, a four-wheeled robot designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature swings and high radiation encountered while exploring the moon’s pits, caves and polar ice.
Robotics Institute Projects Win "Best of What's New" Honors
November 12, 2014. Four inventions that trace their origins to the School of Computer Science and, particularly, the Robotics Institute, have been honored by Popular Science's annual Best of What’s New Awards. This year’s winners, published in the magazine’s December issue now on sale, include the Flex System, a neck surgery tool based on snake robot research; 360fly, a panoramic video camera; and 3D Object Manipulation Software, a photo editing tool.
Robotics Institute's Inflatable Robotic Arm Inspires Design of Disney’s Latest Character
October 29, 2014. The pivotal character in Disney's new animated feature, "Big Hero 6," is a balloon-like robot called Baymax that was inspired by an inflatable robotic arm developed at the Robotics Institute. Soft robotics is a growing field of research at Carnegie Mellon University and beyond.
Snakes and Snake-like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes
October 09, 2014. The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a snake-like robot to test ideas spawned by observing the real animals, both biologists and roboticists have now gained long-sought insights.