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Monday, May 25, 2009

Future of robotics in the United States.

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has through a grant from NSF approved a study to formulate a targeted R&D roadmap for robotics. The process has been managed by a broad group of researcher across major US institutions. The Robotics Roadmap has finally been presented to Congress! On May 21, 2009 four presentations were given before a Congressional Caucus about the future of robotics in the United States. CCC Robotics Roadmap Final Report

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Healthcare Robotics at Georgia Tech

Researchers at the Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech have developed an assistive robot , called El-E, that is explicitly designed to take advantage of this common structure in order to retrieve unmodeled, everyday objects for people with motor impairments. El-E is equipped with a laser pointer interface that detects when a user illuminates a location with an off-the-shelf green laser pointer and estimates its 3D position. This enables a user to unambiguously communicate a 3D location to the robot using a point-and-click style of interaction, which provides a direct way to tell the robot which object to manipulate or where to go.

El-E the Robot from Cressel Anderson on Vimeo.