Augmenting Robots

Battlefield internet technologies, interconnected robots focus of new Army programs | EurekAlert

ADELPHI, Md. (Oct. 4, 2017) – The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently announced the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Pennsylvania as lead research organizations for two enterprise research programs that will address challenges the military faces in internet-connected, robot-rich congested and contested battlefields.

Through its Internet of...Read More »


The Army is working on combat-deployable robots | DefenseNews

Unmanned vehicles in ground combat units will likely first serve in resupply, transport and other logistics-based roles, said a lead Army Research Laboratory researcher.

Stuart Young, head of ARL’s Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance project, told audience members at the...Read More »


Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia | Henrico Citizen

Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but...Read More »


Researchers developing robot to help kids with autism socialize | WKBN

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – His name is NOA — pronounced “now” — and he may be the future of autism intervention.

The humanoid robot is part of a two-pronged research initiative aimed at helping kids with autism better socialize and communicate. It uses facial recognition to detect expressions and games that...Read More »


Lowe's tests robotic exosuit for retail employees | Plant Services

Working alongside a robot not futuristic enough for you? How about wearing a robot while you work? That’s an actual thing that’s happening at a Lowe’s store in Christiansburg, VA, thanks to a partnership between the home improvement retailer and Virginia Tech.

Store employees are testing out a robotic exosuit developed...Read More »


First Mazor X system utilized in Mid-Atlantic for advanced spine surgery procedure | DOTmed

RESTON, VA–(Marketwired – February 02, 2017) – The award-winning spine surgeons at Virginia Spine Institute are the first in the Mid-Atlantic region to utilize the Mazor X™ System, a transformative robotic platform for spine surgery. Dr. Christopher Good, Dr. Thomas Schuler and Dr. Colin Haines teamed up to perform a...Read More »


Walmart and Five Elements Robotics Working on Robotic Shopping Cart | IEEE

It’s been a few years since we first met Five Elements Robotics at RoboBusiness, where they introduced Budgee, a sort of robotic stuff-carrier that will follow you around with up to 22 kilograms of your junk by homing in on a small ultrasonic emitter. Last week at the Bloomberg Technology Conference,...Read More »