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Robots Attempt Record Breaking Pacific Ocean Voyage
[Posted Nov 20, 2011]

Four robots have set out on an epic 33,000 nautical mile (66,000km) journey across the Pacific Ocean. Created by US firm Liquid Robotics, the four are aiming to set the record for the longest distance at sea travelled by an unmanned craft. Throughout their journey the robots will gather lots of data about the composition and quality of sea water. The journey is expected to take about 300 days, and is designed to inspire researchers to study ocean health.

Mars micro-rover Kapvik may tether to larger vehicles
[Posted Sep 18, 2011]

A Canadian prototype for Mars and moon micro-rovers could be tethered to larger vehicles to avoid getting trapped in sand.

UC Berkeley Team Has Quadrotor Catching Balls
[Posted Sep 18, 2011]

A team from the UC Berkeley Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS) has released a video showing a quadrotor catching balls. The video also details some of the incremental improvements made in the hardware of the quadrotor and the software controlling it. (via Automaton)

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JavaOne 2013 Impressions #1: So, Who Needs a Chess-Playing Robot, Anyway?
posted by editor on Sep 23, 2013
Tuesday at Jfokus 2013: Intro, a New Java Champion, Jfokus Embedded Launch, Keynotes, Technical Sessions, Buffet, and BOFs
posted by editor on Feb 5, 2013
The end was near (once more)
posted by mkarg on Jan 1, 2013
Some time ago, I had the impression that everywhere I stepped in the endless Java universe, I came across rather outdated technology. Things that...
Rosjava – Java for Robotics?
posted by semesa2 on Sep 24, 2011
 In May Google and Willow Garage announced the first pure-Java implementation of ROS - Willow Garage's Robotic Operating System. Called...
Liquid Robotics Pacific Crossing Challenge for Wave Glider Robots
posted by semesa2 on Sep 22, 2011
A few months ago James Gosling turned up at Liquid Robotics. Liquid Robotics designs robots called Wave Gliders that collect sensor data while...
 

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Robotics on the Web

Poison-Injecting Robot Submarine Assassinates Sea Stars to Save Coral Reefs
Crown-of-thorns sea stars can wipe out coral reefs, but an autonomous stabby poison robot is on the...
Say Hello to MIAOW, the First Open-source Graphics Processor
New general purpose GPU part of post-Moore's Law open-source hardware trend
Open Source Project Proposes Vision-Free Grasping With RFID and Touchscreens
Who needs perception when you can reliably grasp objects blind
Google's Self-Driving Cars Roam Roads in Texas
Drivers in Austin will begin to ride alongside the Google’s custom prototypes later this month
A Driving App That Crowdsources the Weather
INRIX gathers data from moving cars that paint a real-time picture of weather conditions on the...