Robotics http://wesa.fm en UV Robots Zap Germs in UPMC Hospitals http://wesa.fm/post/uv-robots-zap-germs-upmc-hospitals <p></p><div><p>Hand washing,&nbsp;floor scrubbing, sterilizing instruments--all standard techniques to thwart hospital-acquired infections. &nbsp;Now&nbsp;UPMC hospitals are evaluating new technology to help prevent infections.&nbsp; At Passavant Hospital, staff is using a robot to help sanitize a room with ultraviolet-C rays.&nbsp; Fittingly, the robot’s name is “Violet”.</p><p>Dr. Joseph Romano, chairman of the Passavant Hospital Infection Prevention and Control Committee, said "Violet"&nbsp;is turned on after a room has been disinfected in the usual way.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:36:20 +0000 Charlee Song 32335 at http://wesa.fm UV Robots Zap Germs in UPMC Hospitals It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A Drone...Is Pittsburgh Ready? http://wesa.fm/post/its-bird-its-plane-its-droneis-pittsburgh-ready <p>On June 26, cameras at PNC Park <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/06/27/man-flies-drone-over-pnc-park-during-game/">caught a mysterious flying object</a> hovering over the field during a Pirates game. The object hung in the night sky with a blinking light and several propellers whirling.</p><p>It didn’t take long for the commentators to surmise that this UFO was actually a remote controlled drone, whose owner was soon spotted walking on the North Shore.</p><p>Police almost immediately forced the man to ground his flying camera, and the FAA launched an investigation the week after.</p><p>Drones are becoming a bigger part of the everyday lives of American citizens, especially in a city famous for its robotic creations. Joining us to look at the role drones will play in our future is Illah Nourbaksh, professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and author of the recently released book<a href="http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/robot-futures-0"> Robot Futures</a>. He explained what made the drone over PNC Park different from the remote controlled toy helicopters we've seen marketed for years. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:21:16 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32259 at http://wesa.fm It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A Drone...Is Pittsburgh Ready? How This Little Robot Could Make A Big Difference For Kids On The Autism Spectrum http://wesa.fm/post/how-little-robot-could-make-big-difference-kids-autism-spectrum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ethan </span>Welker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a 15-year-old freshman at the University School, a private college prep school in </span>Shadyside<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. His mom Michele </span>Welker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he’s a smart and curious boy.</span></p><p>“Around the age of 7, he was diagnosed on the autism spectrum with Asperger’s,” Michele said. “(Asperger’s is) one of the higher functioning levels of the spectrum.” Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:13:39 +0000 Liz Reid 27893 at http://wesa.fm How This Little Robot Could Make A Big Difference For Kids On The Autism Spectrum This CMU-Built, Trash-Talking Robot Wants To Beat You At Scrabble http://wesa.fm/post/cmu-built-trash-talking-robot-wants-beat-you-scrabble <p>Victor sits in the lounge of Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science building ready to take on anyone in a game of Scrabble.</p><p>He’s cocky, and his taunts can be heard across the room.</p><p>“Is that all you’ve got?” he shouts from behind his virtual Scrabble board.</p><p>Victor has an attitude not atypical of a 17-year-old college freshman. But here's the thing: He’s a robot.</p><p>Created by Reid Simmons, a research professor at CMU’s Robotics Institute, Victor is the latest in a series of social robots designed as a tool to study human-robot interaction.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 26643 at http://wesa.fm This CMU-Built, Trash-Talking Robot Wants To Beat You At Scrabble POLITICO Kicks Off Editorial Series Starting With Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/politico-kicks-editorial-series-starting-pittsburgh <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://www.politico.com/">POLITICO </a>kicked off a yearlong, editorial series Tuesday, showcasing innovative ideas from cities across the nation and how they can be re-engineered for Washington. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">POLITICO </span>Editor </span>Susan Glasser</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> explained why Pittsburgh is the <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">first city featured</span>.</span> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:31:37 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23866 at http://wesa.fm POLITICO Kicks Off Editorial Series Starting With Pittsburgh Health & Innovation Highlights in 2013 http://wesa.fm/post/health-innovation-highlights-2013 <p>From robotic arms to treating high blood pressure, in 2013 we delved into many stories dealing with health innovation.</p><p>We'll revisit our conversation with Dr. Michael Boninger and a quadriplegic woman named Jan Scheuermann. A robotic arm surgically attached to her brain allows her to perform basic tasks with focused thought. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21875 at http://wesa.fm Health & Innovation Highlights in 2013 Lawrenceville Robotics Company Expands http://wesa.fm/post/lawrenceville-robotics-company-expands <p>Carnegie Robotics, a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Center, is expanding its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Lawrenceville.</p><p>Currently housed in CMU incubator facilities, the company plans to move into the 31,000 square-foot former Heppenstall building between 43<sup>rd</sup> and 48<sup>th</sup> streets.</p><p>President and CEO John Bares said the company outgrew its current space.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:18:06 +0000 Tim Camerato 15601 at http://wesa.fm CMU Researchers Create Snake-Like Robots to Patrol Nuke Plants http://wesa.fm/post/cmu-researchers-create-snake-robots-patrol-nuke-plants <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8jvwrvbYAiY" frameborder="0" height="323" width="575"></iframe></p><p>What’s two inches in diameter, four-foot-long and can find a leak in the most remote area of a failing nuclear power plant? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say it's one of their snake-like robots.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 12943 at http://wesa.fm VA Research Week Highlights Local Robotic Technology http://wesa.fm/post/va-research-week-highlights-local-robotic-technology <p>The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is celebrating “VA Research Week,” highlighting the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories at Bakery Square, where robotic technology is being used to improve the mobility and function of people with disabilities. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 18:19:58 +0000 Charlee Song 9449 at http://wesa.fm Pondering a Life with Robots http://wesa.fm/post/pondering-life-robots <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Through recent artistic conceptions, we explore a world of advanced robotics and consider the philosophical questions one might ponder if robots were a part of everyday life. Essential Pittsburgh Production Assistant </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebekah Zook</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; and WESA reporter <strong>Margaret Krauss</strong> visited </span><a href="http://pghrobotrepair.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Fraley's Robot Repair Shop</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in its final week Downtown and we spoke with Japanese contemporary theater Director </span><a href="http://www.seinendan.org/en/oriza/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Oriza Hirata</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the </span><a href="http://www.warhol.org/webcalendar/event.aspx?id=10199" style="line-height: 1.5;">Andy Warhol Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:44:37 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss & Heather McClain 8927 at http://wesa.fm Pondering a Life with Robots Frisbee-Throwing, Climbing Robots Take Over Pitt’s Peterson Events Center http://wesa.fm/post/frisbee-throwing-climbing-robots-take-over-pitt-s-peterson-events-center <p>Frisbee-throwing robots are the main event in a competition at Pitt’s Peterson Events Center Friday and Saturday. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:33:09 +0000 Deanna Garcia 3341 at http://wesa.fm Frisbee-Throwing, Climbing Robots Take Over Pitt’s Peterson Events Center