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  • A robotic leg developed by Massey University engineers will try to out-kick former All Black Andrew Mehrtens as part of an innovation showcase during Rugby World Cup next month. The man-sized, muscular metallic leg might also upstage other players who have had less than consistent results in getting the oval ball over the goal posts in Rugby World Cup matches to date, says mechatronics lecturer Associate Professor Johan Potgieter.
    Article - 2011-09-15 02:00
  • A high tech pipe profiling company that grew from Massey University’s ecentre has confirmed a multi-million dollar deal with a technology company in the United States. CleanFlow Systems, which designs and manufactures robotic devices that assess damage to underground pipes, has been acquired by RedZone Robotics, a leading US designer and manufacturer of robotic wastewater inspection technologies.
    Article - 2011-09-15 16:00
  • Legendary ex-All Black and NZ2011 Ambassador Andrew Mehrtens’ mettle was severely tested as he took on the precision of three specifically designed robots in a man versus machine rugby ball kick off today at Auckland’s Victoria Park. In front of over 100 eager spectators and dozens of cameras, Mehrtens showed nerves of steel as he kept pace with the team of robotic kickers. The Massey University Albany designed robot - pictured on the right - managed to draw with Mehrtens after a series of conversion kicks.
    Article - 2011-10-10 13:00
  • Many think legendary former All Black Andrew Mehrtens has super-human powers when it comes to kicking a rugby ball. But a special robot created by Massey University Albany engineering students proved itself almost as good as its human rival in a man versus machine kick-off in Auckland yesterday.
    Article - 2011-10-10 19:00
  • He never takes a sick day, works for no pay, performs all tasks without question; in fact, when it comes to work, this employee is a real machine! Honda has unveiled a humanoid robot, equipped with the world's first autonomous behaviour control technology. Honda New Zealand Managing Director, Graeme Seymour says ASIMO is the most advanced humanoid robot ever built.
    Article - 2011-11-10 14:29
  • Intelligent robots that play a role in improving human life will be discussed at a conference hosted at Massey University this week. The fifth International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications will be held from December 6-8 at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington. The biennial conference is organised by the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology.
    Article - 2011-12-06 13:00
  • The University of Auckland and a cluster of South Korean companies have launched a multi-robotic study at an Auckland retirement village. Researchers are conducting six separate robotics studies involving 31 robots sourced from South Korea one from Japan, and 100 staff and 100 residents from Selwyn Village in Auckland. The large-scale study, which is funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.
    Article - 2011-12-17 01:00
  • Nineteen lower North Island teams battled one another with remote-controlled, wheeled “robots” for first place in the Vex Robotics regional championships last month. Hosted at the council’s Naenae computer clubhouse on May 19, the event was won by two Palmerston North teams (championship rules require teams that reach the quarterfinals to pair up). The clubhouse’s team reached the semi-finals. Robots must be able to lift and manipulate objects as well as manoeuvre round the competition course.
    Article - 2012-06-06 16:00
  • Feeling reluctant to smash a robot to pieces and refusing to undress in front of one suggest we perceive robots as being “somewhat alive”. That’s the view of Dr Christoph Bartneck, a University of Canterbury computer scientist at the forefront of human-robot interaction research for more than 10 years in New Zealand and overseas. “Research studies show us people are reluctant to kill robots with perceived intelligence or that are thought to look human.
    Article - 2012-06-26 12:49
  • University of Canterbury (UC) research has found people can control a humanoid robot, interacting without holding a device, just by using body gestures. UC postgraduate researcher Mohammad Obaid said they had been researching how to allow users to define their preferences on what they thought the most intuitive gestures required to navigate humanoid robots.
    Article - 2012-11-22 14:41