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LEXI robot aids in explosive testing

By Damir Beciri
10 November 2012

llnl-lexi-robotResearchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have devised a new robot used for explosive tests in the National Explosives Engineering Sciences Security (NEXESS) Center. The platform they chose as a base for their robot is iRobot Packbot 510 – a robot manufactured by the same company that created the Roomba vacuum-cleaning robot –… »


Balloon filled with ground coffee makes for versatile robotic gripper

By Damir Beciri
25 October 2010

coffee-robot-hand-gripperWe mostly take it for granted, but human hand is amazing because it enables us to interact with many objects with ease. Opting for simple elegance, researchers from Cornell University, the University of Chicago and iRobot Corp. have created a versatile gripper using everyday ground coffee and a latex party balloon, bypassing traditional designs based… »


iRobot’s shape-shifting blob robot takes its first “steps”

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments18 October 2009

blob-robot-from-irobotThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Army Research Office awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to iRobot to create the flexible military robot. The maker of the Roomba and Scooba, along with University of Chicago researchers, develops the palm-size ChemBot as a mobile robot that can move over soft terrain and navigate through small… »

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Roomba senses owners emotions

By Damir Beciri
24 April 2009

paul_with_roomba.jpgThis article combines two of our previous stories. The concept of controlling a robot using emotions instead of traditional controls is one of the emerging technologies which will help both humans and robots to interact more naturally. A group of researchers from Calgary University, Canada decided to explore the development of a robot that would… »

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iRobot vacuuming robot – Roomba

By Damir Beciri
19 April 2009

roomba-610-irobot.jpgA big majority of us actually keep our living quarters more or less clean. Roomba is a small floor vacuuming robot from iRobot which was introduced in 2002 and since then had several revisions and changes. The unit is a disc, 34cm in diameter and less than 9cm high. A large contact-sensing bumper is mounted… »