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Robots in the news

April 10, 2011

HR 658, the bill to promote the safe integration of unmanned systems into the national airspace, has passed the House. Follow the results in the Senate.
Passport screening by multi-lingual robots begins in May at Taipei airports.
Festo once again creates the unimaginable: SmartBird, an ultralight bionic adaption from nature which can start, fly and land autonomously – with no drive mechanism.
Civilian exoskeletons are coming to the consumer market. There’s Berkeley Bionics’eLegs for rehab and mobility. And Equipois’ $2,500 x-AR, an exoskeleton arm that provides support throughout the natural range of arm motion thereby enabling working with your arms outstretched for long periods with little fatigue or discomfort.
Boy Scouts initiate a new robotics merit badge. Scouts will have to design and build a robot learning about programming, robotic movement and sensors to do so.

Frank Tobe
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Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report, and is also a panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.

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