The Year in Robotics 2009

Happy new year to everyone!  H/T Instapundit, to this excellent story with many useful links by Kristina Grifantini, Tuesday, December 29, 2009, on various advances in robotics during 2009, from MIT’s Technology Review:

In the past year, researchers have developed new robots to tackle a variety of tasks: helping with medical rehabilitation, aiding military maneuvers, mimicking social skills, and grasping the unknown …  During the past 12 months, robots got better at grasping, smiling, and avoiding angry humans.