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Robotics News
November 30, 2010
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Building an Artificial Mind With Memristors
U.S. researchers are building a computer they believe will finally fulfill the promise of a true artificial intelligence. In an exclusive article in IEEE Spectrum, two of the researchers describe how their MoNETA (Modular Neural Exploring Traveling Agent) software will run on a brain-inspired processor under development at HP Labs, in California. This brain on a chip will rely on a new class of electronic device, called a memristor, to mimic how neurons store and process information. Will AI finally get smart?
Massage Robot Explores Your Curves

The therapeutic robot WheeMe uses tilt sensors to navigate slowly on a person’s body while its four sprocketlike rubber wheels press gently on the skin.

Ping-Pong Robot Learns by Doing
German researchers want to build robots that learn tasks effortlessly instead of requiring people to program their every move. The first task: Ping-Pong.
Retinal Prosthesis Turned On by Light
Scientists are starting to develop new kinds of prosthetic devices by inserting a light-sensitive protein, originally found in swamp algae, into brain cells.
BOTACON 0: 11 December 2010
Robots for a Better Future” Conference (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
ROBIO 2010: 14 to 18 December 2010
International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (Tianjin, China)
MEMS 2011: 23 to 27 January 2011
International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (Cancun, Mexico)
IEEE Spectrum Webinar: 27 January 2011
Highly Efficient Models for Multibody Systems for HIL Simulation of Robotic Systems [Sponsored by Maplesoft]

Win an Automaton T-shirt
Find 10 posts on Automaton, IEEE Spectrum’s robotics blog, that mention the robot Asimo. Send URLs to e.guizzo@ieee.org by 3 December 2010, 5 p.m. EST. Three winners will be randomly drawn from the pool of valid submissions. Past winners not eligible.
Robot Gecko Rights Itself in Midair
There are several robot geckos out there that are capable of climbing walls. But now researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have added a twist — literally. If their robot falls, instead of crashing into pieces it can right itself midair and land on its feet.
Extending Humanity’s Limits
The latest edition of IEEE Spectrum’s monthly slideshow features a device that delivers drugs without the pain of a needle stick, a gadget that can make anything taste like anything else, and a robotic exoskeleton that gives the disabled the ability to walk.
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