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Steve Buerger, Project Lead, Sandia National Labs

Robotics have advanced to a place where walking machines may soon be sent into emergency response situations too dangerous for people. This reality is made possible only through a long battery life and mechanical systems that don't eat up all the battery's energy stores. Steve Buerger is a project lead in the intelligent systems control department at Sandia National Labs. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how it all works.

Tags: Steve Buerger , Sandia National Labs , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , technology ,

Friday - 04/10/2015, 06:08am EDT

Sammies finalists build a space-bot to aid astronauts

Fifteen years ago, NASA began their Robonaut project to create the first humanoid robot that would be capable of working in space. Despite various funding problems, the resulting humanoid machine is currently on the International Space Station helping crew members by taking over simple, repetitive or dangerous tasks now performed by astronauts.

Tags: Sammies 2012 , NASA , International Space Station

Monday - 08/13/2012, 11:52am EDT

Navy tests cutting-edge technologies at new research lab

Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tagged along for a tour of the Navy's new Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, where robots get to interact with the real world without going outside the Beltway.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Laboratory for Autonomous Research , Federal Drive , technology , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 06:13am EDT

P.W. robotics team competes in NASA challenge

Collaborating via virtual communication, Prince William County robotics students across the area explored, experimented and engineered a winning design which took them to the finals at the 2010 ZERO Robotics competition this week.

Tags: NASA , MIT , SuperNOVA

Friday - 12/17/2010, 02:16pm EST

Robot designed to give sponge baths

Look out Nurse Ratched. Cody the Robot Nurse could soon be gunning for your job.

Tags: Nurse Ratched , robots , Georgia Institute of Technology , cody

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 12:14pm EST

Pentagon's Cyborg Army

With the help of robotics, nanotechnology and neuroscience, the Defense Department is creating an army that may look like the troops of today but is faster, stronger and more resilient, Wired reports.

Tags: Must Reads , Dorobek Insider , technology , DoD , cyborg army , prosthetics

Thursday - 10/07/2010, 02:17pm EDT