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Carnegie Mellon Method Enables Telescoping Devices That Bend and Twist

Robots That Readily Expand or Shrink Would Be Possible Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found a way to design telescoping structures that can bend and twist, enabling robots of various shapes to collapse themselves for transport or entering tiny spaces, and making possible robotic arms and claws that can reach over or around large obstacles. [...]

Graphics and Robotics Pioneer Receives Highest Honor in Computer Graphics

Professor Jessica Hodgins has earned the 2017 Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH) has named Jessica Hodgins, [...]

A Computer That Reads Body Language

Real-Time Detector Sees Hand Poses and Tracks Multiple People PITTSBURGH—Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have enabled a computer to understand the body poses and movements of multiple people from video in real time — including, for the first time, the pose of each individual’s fingers. This new method was developed with the help [...]

Robot Design for Dummies

CMU's Interactive Tool Helps Novices and Experts Make Custom Robots PITTSBURGH – A new interactive design tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute enables both novices and experts to build customized legged or wheeled robots using 3D-printed components and off-the-shelf actuators. Using a familiar drag-and-drop interface, individuals can choose from a library of components [...]

Carnegie Mellon’s RoboTutor Advances to Global Learning XPRIZE Semifinals

RoboTutor, educational technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University that teaches children basic math and reading skills, has been named a semifinalist in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition. An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write or do fundamental arithmetic, and many of these children are in developing countries without regular [...]

Smell Something, Say Something

Smell PGH App Helps Pittsburghers Report Foul Odors PITTSBURGH—Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab are rolling out new features in Smell PGH, a smartphone app that helps Pittsburgh area residents collectively report foul odors and alert each other to suspicious smells that waft through city neighborhoods and suburbs. Smell PGH now includes time-lapse animations [...]

Robotics Student Named 2017 NVIDIA Fellow

A Robotics Institute student is one of two School of Computer Science students named recipients of 2017 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowships. The company sponsors the annual program to recognize and support excellence in computing research using graphics processing units. Ph.D. student Xiaolong Wang was among the 11 fellows in the 2017 class, along with Adams Wei [...]

Hebi’s Six-legged Daisy Joins “Robot Revolution” Exhibit

Now On Display at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry Daisy, a six-legged robot built by a Robotics Institute spinoff company, is one of several new robots featured in “Robot Revolution,” an exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry that runs through Feb. 4, 2018. Daisy is a hexapod robot that moves with a [...]

Astrobotic And CMU Will Design Small, Cheap CubeRovers

NASA Funding Could Establish New Paradigm For Extraterrestial Robots NASA has selected lunar logistics company Astrobotic Technology, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, to develop a new class of small, lightweight rovers, called CubeRovers, capable of small-scale science and exploration on extraterrestrial surfaces. The CubeRover, weighing no more than 4.4 pounds, would establish a new [...]

Choset, Snakebot Visit NBC’s Tonight Show

One of Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Professor Howie Choset's famous snake-like robots crawled up the even more famous leg of comedian Jimmy Fallon during an April 25 appearance on NBC’s "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." "Slow down there, mister!" Fallon exclaimed as the robot reached his knee, much to the delight of the studio [...]