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July 2, 2009  6:48 PM

Overheard – Transformers in real life

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
degrees of freedom, Robotics

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March 20, 2009  3:36 PM

Overheard – New BigDog video

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Robotics, Video

Boston Dynamics has released a new video of BigDog, their military transport quadruped.  This is one robot you want to keep an eye on -- very cool.  According to Boston Dynamics PR:

BigDog is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on...

March 19, 2009  9:03 PM

Overheard – Roadable aircraft, meet George Jetson!

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
flying car, roadable aircraft, Robotics

Glenn Pew has posted an interesting video on the first test flight for the Transition, the "flying car" that's currently causing a blogswarm.   As a kid, I spent my summers at the Experimental Aircraft Association (

February 26, 2009  1:23 AM

Overheard: American market soft on robots

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
ROBOT, Robotics

lanceulanoff.gif If iRobot had made a 4-foot-tall Roomba with a face and a hand to hold a vacuum hose, the...

April 25, 2008  12:52 PM

Video: Robot demonstrates face recognition

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
biometrics, face recognition, Robotics, Security

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/B_jllEvrOZQ" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Kind of cool!

November 17, 2007  2:27 PM

Overheard: Robots take over distribution centers at Walgreens and Staples

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Distribution Lists, Robotics, Robots, Supply Chain Management, Technology

kiva_systems.jpg The scene is a constant swirl of activity, like a ballroom dance, with dozens of robots and pods in motion...

November 8, 2007  2:24 AM

Contest: Degrees of freedom

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
contest, ROBOT, Robotics

How many degrees of freedom (DOFs) does the flute-playing robot from Waseda University have? Leave your answer in the comments and I'll send somebody with the right answer a TechTarget shirt. Check back Friday,...

November 8, 2007  1:47 AM

Overheard: Six degrees of freedom

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
ROBOT, Robotics, Technology

Typical industrial robots feature a 6-axis configuration, or six degrees of freedom. Toyota's trumpet-playing robot has 29 degrees of freedom. [kml_flashembed...

November 3, 2007  10:33 PM

Overheard: It’s very cool — military transport

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
military technology, ROBOT, Robotics, Technology

[kml_flashembed movie="http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=5349770802105160028" width="400" height="326" wmode="transparent" /] Watch what happens when the guy kicks this thing. BigDog, as this robot is known, is powered by a gasoline engine. That's the buzzing you...

November 3, 2007  2:46 PM

Overheard: Robot goats will save the planet

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
ROBOT, Robotics, Technology


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