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Strategy Based on Human Reflexes May Keep Legged Robots and Prosthetic Legs From Tripping
November 18, 2015. Trips and stumbles too often lead to falls for amputees using leg prosthetics, but a robotic leg prosthesis being developed at Carnegie Mellon University promises to help users recover their balance by using techniques based on the way human legs are controlled.
"RoboTutor" Team Building Software To Teach Basic Skills Without a Teacher
November 17, 2015. Can children learn to read, write and do basic arithmetic without a teacher or classroom, relying only on tablet computers, each other and some intelligent software? A team of educational researchers from Carnegie Mellon University aims to find out in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition.
Shenango Channel Provides Online Resource For Sharing Images, Data About Coke Plant
November 16, 2015. Citizens and government officials are using a new online resource, the Shenango Channel, that uses Carnegie Mellon University computer technology to share, compile and analyze images and air quality data related to a coke plant on Allegheny County’s Neville Island.
Web Tool Helps People Visualize, Make Sense of Large Complex Datasets
November 10, 2015. Datasets for everything from gene expression to employment demographics are growing so large and complex that automated methods sometimes seem the only way to glean knowledge from them. But a new web-based tool being developed at Carnegie Mellon University provides the option to keep human judgment and intuition in the analytic loop.
System Helps Novices Design 3D-Printable Robotic Creatures
November 09, 2015. Even a novice can design and build a customized walking robot using a 3-D printer and off-the-shelf servo motors with the help of a new design tool developed by Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University.
SpeckSensor App Compares Air Quality Locally and Across the Nation
November 02, 2015. A new smartphone app called SpeckSensor allows users to get up-to-date Air Quality Index (AQI) numbers for their current location and for other locales of their choosing, enabling them to quickly see if the air they are breathing is healthy and how it compares to other sites.
IBM Research, Carnegie Mellon Create Open Platform To Help the Blind Navigate Surroundings
October 15, 2015. Scientists from IBM Research and Carnegie Mellon University have announced the first open source platform designed to support the creation of smartphone apps that enable the blind to better navigate their surroundings.
Embedded Optical Sensors Could Make Robotic Hands More Dexterous
September 28, 2015. Optical sensors may be uniquely suited for use in robotic hands, according to Carnegie Mellon University researchers who have developed a three-fingered soft robotic hand with multiple embedded fiber optic sensors. They also have created a new type of stretchable optical sensor.
Software Helps Create Sign Language Dictionaries, Voice-activated Games for Hearing Impaired
September 15, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University’s TechBridgeWorld research group today announced the release of open source software that can help educators of children with hearing disabilities create video dictionaries of sign languages and use games that encourage vocalization by children learning to speak.
Faculty Will Share Visions Of Robots, A.I., and Big Data at “Summer Davos”
September 03, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University is sending the largest delegation of any university to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, next week, along with robots and Big Data visualization demonstrations that will run throughout the three-day event.
HERB and CHIMP Star in National Geographic’s “Robots”
September 01, 2015. HERB, the robot butler, and CHIMP, the semi-humanoid that was one of the top finishers in the DARPA Robotics Challenge in June, share the silver screen with such robots as Honda’s ASIMO, Boston Dynamics’ Atlas and a European consortium’s iCUB humanoid in National Geographic Studio’s latest film, Robots.
Depth-sensing Camera Gleans 3-D Information In Bright Sunlight as Well as Darkness
August 10, 2015. Depth-sensing cameras, such as Microsoft’s Kinect controller for video games, have become widely used 3-D sensors. Now, a new imaging technology invented by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Toronto addresses a major shortcoming of these cameras: the inability to work in bright light, especially sunlight.
CMU Wins 5th International RoboCup Championship
July 28, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University’s robot soccer team took home its fifth world championship without allowing a single goal at the 2015 RoboCup on July 22 in Heifi, China. The CMDragons won the final round of the Small Size League (SSL) 5-0 over MRL, a team from Qazvin Islamic Azad University in Iran.
Time Video Highlights CMU’s Role in Pittsburgh’s Comeback
July 10, 2015. A newly released video from Time magazine, Pittsburgh: The Comeback, highlights the role of technology, and particularly the contributions of Carnegie Mellon University, in the revitalization of Pittsburgh. SCS Dean Andrew Moore and Robotics Institute Director Marital Hebert are among the community leaders interviewed on camera.
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.