robots http://nhpr.org en Dartmouth's 'Yeti' Robot Explores Arctic Dangers http://nhpr.org/post/dartmouths-yeti-robot-explores-arctic-dangers <p>Imagine a four-wheeled robot, rolling slowly over frozen landscapes, equipped with high-tech sensors, and funded by <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/" target="_blank">NASA</a> . You’re imagining a robot named <a href="http://now.dartmouth.edu/2013/04/yeti-robot-detects-polar-dangers-national-geographic/" target="_blank"><strong>Yeti</strong></a>, a <em>polar </em>rover <a href="http://engineering.dartmouth.edu/news/yeti-robot-finds-deadly-antarctic-crevasses-so-we-dont-have-to/" target="_blank">designed by a team of Dartmouth Engineering students</a>.&nbsp; Yeti has ground penetrating radar, and helps scientists in Antarctica and Greenland detect and map dangerous and possibly deadly crevasses before manned expeditions.&nbsp; <a href="http://engineering.dartmouth.edu/people/faculty/laura-ray/" target="_blank"><strong>Laura Ray</strong> </a>is professor of engineering at Dartmouth College and Yeti project leader; she joined us earlier to discuss the new technology.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:23:02 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33082 at http://nhpr.org Dartmouth's 'Yeti' Robot Explores Arctic Dangers Robots Are Changing The Future Of Winemaking http://nhpr.org/post/robots-are-changing-future-winemaking <p>An agricultural art dating from the Neolithic period shares a glass with the robotics of the future. Since the first evidence of grapevine cultivation for wine about 7000 years ago, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viticulture" target="_blank">viticulture</a> has developed a degree of automation…still, wine-makers depend on human hands and eyes to thoroughly -- and tediously -- inspect their crop for quality and yield. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing an automated grape-counting system that will help lighten that load and lead to the production of better wine.<strong> Sara Reardon </strong>is a staff writer and reporter for <em>New Scientist</em> who <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829235.700-mechanical-eye-will-help-winemakers-improve-vintages.html#.UeVROm34L5N" target="_blank">covered the machines</a> that could change the future of winemaking.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:03:49 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31388 at http://nhpr.org Robots Are Changing The Future Of Winemaking Word Of Mouth 04.27.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-04272013 <blockquote><p>“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”</p></blockquote><p>-<strong>Fyodor</strong><strong> Dostoyevsky&nbsp; </strong>from<em> Crime and Punishment</em></p><p>In this fearless edition of Word of Mouth, we take new steps and utter new words about crime, punishment and everything in between.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:21:59 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 26296 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth 04.27.2013 10 Breakthrough Technologies For 2013...According To MIT http://nhpr.org/post/10-breakthrough-technologies-2013according-mit <p>Every year, the <a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/513981/introduction-to-the-10-breakthrough-technologies-of-2013/">MIT technology review publishes a list of ten breakthrough technologies</a>. From health care to environmental sustainability to consumer electronics, the list covers at it all. Here to discuss this year’s picks, just released yesterday, is <strong>Brian Bergstein</strong>, deputy editor of the MIT Technology Review. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:06:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 26210 at http://nhpr.org 10 Breakthrough Technologies For 2013...According To MIT Closing The Sale: Robot Surgeons http://nhpr.org/post/closing-sale-robot-surgeons <p>Pharmaceutical companies have long gotten a bad rap for trying to influence medical decisions for a profit – but the issue isn’t exclusive to drugs. New York Times reporter <strong>Roni Caryn Rabin</strong> recently <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/26/health/salesmen-in-the-surgical-suite.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">wrote about aggressive tactics</a> used to market the Da Vinci Surgical System – a robotic assistant now operating in over 1300 hospitals across the United States.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:13:54 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25352 at http://nhpr.org Closing The Sale: Robot Surgeons Knee And Hip Replacement Goes Robotic http://nhpr.org/post/knee-and-hip-replacement-goes-robotic <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been two weeks since Bonnie Parker had her hip replaced.</span></p><p>She is 50, petite, a tattoo artist. So she’s no stranger to pain, but says the past few years have been really tough.</p><p>“I watched my mother suffer from arthritis, and she sat down one day and never got back up. And I found myself sitting down more and more and not getting up, and I thought, ‘No, I can’t do this.’"</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 09:26:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 24882 at http://nhpr.org Knee And Hip Replacement Goes Robotic Word of Mouth 03.02.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-03022013 <p></p><p>Our favorite content from the program, delivered in one sound-errific package.</p><p>This week, why robot interrogators might beat humans at getting to the truth. Mass shooter Amy Bishop's first victim...her brother, back in 1986. Why jury duty matters. The diverse cast of a New Hampshire production of "To Kill A Mockingbird." And the active social media lives of long-dead celebrities.</p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 22893 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth 03.02.2013 The Robot Inquisition http://nhpr.org/post/robot-inquisition <p></p><p>They may not be able to dream or feel emotion, but a recent study suggests that robots do a better job of getting accurate witness statements than their human counterparts.&nbsp; <strong>Cindy Bethel</strong>, is an assistant professor at Mississippi State University that specializes in human-robot interaction and the lead author of a study recently covered by <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21729036.100-robot-inquisition-keeps-witnesses-on-the-right-track.html" target="_blank"><em>The New Scientist</em></a>. Also joining us is <strong>Deborah Eakin</strong>, the psychologist on the project.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:19:57 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22665 at http://nhpr.org The Robot Inquisition Falling In Love...With A Robot? http://nhpr.org/post/falling-lovewith-robot <p>This past fall we spoke with Robert Ito about the growing phenomenon of human-robot bonding.&nbsp;His article <a href="http://www.psmag.com/magazines/november-december-2012/social-robots-aibo-paro-roomba-48793/">"The Love Bot"</a> was featured in&nbsp;Pacific Standard Magazine. From C-3PO to WALL-E, the loveable robot has long inhabited popular imagination.&nbsp;Robots like&nbsp;the Japanese made "Paro," pillow pets, and vacuum cleaning Roombas are engineered to be social. </p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:34:40 +0000 Virginia Prescott 21965 at http://nhpr.org Falling In Love...With A Robot? Word of Mouth 01.19.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-01192013 <p></p><p>Our awesome-est content from a week of awesome programs. This week, robots get FDA approval to treat patients on the fly, a nurse becomes a patient to teach students how to care for the dying, we look back at the Piltdown Man hoax, and the 90's band Guster goes acoustic.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20361 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth 01.19.2013 Calling Doctor Roboto http://nhpr.org/post/calling-doctor-roboto <P>Last week, the FDA approved the first <EM>self-navigating</EM> communications robot for use in hospitals.<A href="http://www.intouchhealth.com/products-and-services/products/rp-vita-robot/"> The RP-Vita</A> which stands for remote presence virtual independent telemedicine assistant – was created by<A href="http://www.irobot.com/en/us/robots/home.aspx"> iRobot</A> and <A href="http://www.intouchhealth.com/products-and-services/">In-Touch</A>. The <A href="http://ces.cnet.com/8301-34441_1-57563095/medical-robot-rp-vita-gets-fda-approval/">FDA sanction for the self-guided robot</A> could mark a new era of robotic care in hospitals here in the United States.&nbsp; Joining us with more on how RP-Vita works is <STRONG>Marcio Macedo</STRONG>, Director of Product Management for iRobot’s remote presence business unit.</P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:15:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20276 at http://nhpr.org Calling Doctor Roboto Word of Mouth 12.01.2012 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-12012012 <p>Word of Mouth's weekend program includes some of our favorite stories from from the daily program.</p><p><strong>Part 1: Syria/Chemical Dangers</strong></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:34:46 +0000 Virginia Prescott 17713 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth 12.01.2012 5 Gift Ideas for the Robot in Your Life http://nhpr.org/post/5-gift-ideas-robot-your-life <p>When we first saw Robert Ito's <a href="http://www.psmag.com/magazines/november-december-2012/social-robots-aibo-paro-roomba-48793/">Pacific Standard piece</a> on folks who've fallen in love with their robots, we were all....huh? So of course, we booked him on the show. You can listen to that interview here:</p><p>But all that talk about human-robot love got us thinking...if a robot <em>is</em> the love of your life, how do you show it? Here are some ideas we dug up:</p><p><strong>1) Buy him a snazzy costume!</strong></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:37:23 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 17658 at http://nhpr.org 5 Gift Ideas for the Robot in Your Life Using Robots As...Friends? http://nhpr.org/post/using-robots-asfriends <P>From C-3PO to WALL-E, the loveable robot has long inhabited popular imagination. Today we examine the increasing melding of fantasy and reality…the social robot has begun to win the hearts and minds of people all around the world.</P> <P> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:57:46 +0000 Virginia Prescott 16914 at http://nhpr.org Using Robots As...Friends? Robot Cameras Help Carry the Load at the Olympics http://nhpr.org/post/robot-cameras-help-carry-load-olympics <p>While the world&rsquo;s top athletes compete at the&nbsp; London 2012 Olympics, hundreds of photographers are contending to capture the game&rsquo;s defining moments on camera.&nbsp; To maximize its odds of snapping a winning pic, Reuters is getting some help, <a href="http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/07/olympic-robo-cams-reuters/?pid=3064">from robots</a>.&nbsp; The new shutter-bots will be stationed at Table Tennis, Boxing, Taekwondo, Judo, Fencing, Weight Lifting, and at the main Olympic Park for some of the big events.&nbsp; Word of Mouth Producer Taylor Quimby caught up with Patrick C Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:13:07 +0000 Taylor Quimby 9814 at http://nhpr.org Robot Cameras Help Carry the Load at the Olympics