robotics http://nhpr.org en 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 Sand that can form ITSELF into objects? YES!!! http://nhpr.org/post/sand-can-form-itself-objects-yes <p>How the future of robotics could begin with sand, MIT’s “Smart Sand” could provide customizable solutions to the unique problems in modern robotics.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:55:42 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3062 at http://nhpr.org Sand that can form ITSELF into objects? YES!!! Legomaniacs Get Their Due... http://nhpr.org/post/legomaniacs-get-their-due <p>A report from the First Lego League competition, where kids get to solve a big problem with a beloved toy.</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:30:54 +0000 Jonathan Lynch 604 at http://nhpr.org Legomaniacs Get Their Due...