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Accelerating Robotic Innovation
November 9, 2011
Robots are a study in contrasts. They can perform superhuman feats and get tripped up by toddler-level tasks. They're digitally programmable, but intricacies of their physical behavior go far beyond the reach of computer simulations. A team of researchers from Rice University, Halmstad University and Texas A&M University hopes to change that and speed robotic innovation with a new generation of design software that can accurately predict the physical behavior of robots prior to prototyping.
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