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Mike Henry
Retired high school teacher, now a robotics consultant and writer.
Interests: space exploration, robotics, and science.
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Agricultural robots are beginning to come into their own. This article on the “Ladybird” robot explains how one type of machine is being developed to help farmers conduct a host of operations on many types of crops. This “bug” won’t... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at RobotNext
The end of the week is here and its time to look back and see some of the stories about robotics from the past few days. Here are the links to the items that showed up on the RobotNext feeds... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at RobotNext
By Flckr user jurvetson (Steve Jurvetson) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons Robotics may open the way to new jobs that we cannot imagine right now. Yes, it is unsettling to realize that robots may take our current jobs, but we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at RobotNext
If you have ever worried about venturing out on your own for a run, then this robot is what you need. This little flying bot can fly along side of you and keep you company. Or if you want more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at RobotNext
It’s true that there are robots for almost every thankless task around the house. Although a few of the most hated ones still need that robotic help. For example, a robot that folds clothes, puts away the dishes, or even... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at RobotNext
This robot lifeguard assists the human lifeguards by zipping out to the distressed swimmer and providing a flotation device until other help arrives. The robotic lifeguard goes by the acronym “EMILY”. “EMILY” is named for a 13 year old California... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at RobotNext
Personal assistance robots may have just become much more user friendly. According to Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD, of Brown University in Providence, R.I., and colleagues in a recent research project, two patients in a clinical trial were able to directly... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at RobotNext
Two companies are building robots to service dying satellites and keep them functioning in orbit. The question with the idea is whether or not this process would save money over the current practice of abandoning and/or replacing the dead satellites.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at RobotNext
Photo Credit: Nic McPhee The question of how to help American students succeed in high tech subjects continues to be on the forefront of public discussion nationwide. One of the answers is occurring on a regular basis in communities... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at RobotNext
A fast, reliable robot is needed to minimize downtime when nuclear reactors are inspected. Energid is developing this robot just for that purpose. Also, this robot could be used for disaster work in damaged reactors such as the ones disabled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at RobotNext
Photo Credit: NASA Robots have long been the pathfinders for the exploration of space. Surveyor landers went to the surface of the Moon to test out the surface before men walked on it. Mars has been host to a number... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at RobotNext
Photo Credit: The U.S. Army's photostream Two stories this week caught my attention. Both are among examples of robots moving into jobs that were once the sole province of humans. As the photo above suggests, sometimes we are being dragged... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at RobotNext
Here is a story about a unique robot able to harvest energy from the environment. Using a patented system of cables and fins, the robot is able to use waves in the ocean to propel itself through the water. There... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at RobotNext
The drive to develop robots that can traverse any type of surface, including vertical ones, has taken many approaches. As far as climbing walls, robots have relied on adhesives, magnets, and other types of gripper mechanisms. Now comes air. That’s... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at RobotNext
Photo Credit: RobotCity Workshop RobotCity Workshop may well be the only store of its kind in the country, a visionary shop with the slogan "Make your own friends." Education has been a central part of this establishment's mission for years,... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 6, 2010 at RobotNext
Robonaut 2 and Robonaut 2 Photo Credit: Courtesy NASA So, imagine a team of robots – all kinds of robots – some with wheels, some bipedal, some that fly. Now imagine those robots working as partners with astronauts on some... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at RobotNext
In a desperate effort to stop the massive oil leak occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, robots are attempting to seal off the well spewing the crude. These machines are controlled from the surface by operators trained to operate them... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2010 at RobotNext
In a case of simulation imitating life, high school students in Hawai’i are faced with finding solutions to a theoretical oil spill. The problem eerily mirrors the massive oil spill now occurring in the Gulf of Mexico. Robots are being... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at RobotNext
The next step on the Moon may well be taken by a robot. In a country that produces robots to do almost anything you can imagine, a robot to walk on the lunar surface is not so far-fetched. The Japanese... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at RobotNext
So, its been a while since that New Year’s Resolution about losing weight fell by the wayside. What can you do about those excess pounds? Just to show you that there is a robot for almost everything, here is a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at RobotNext
Here is an article on an idea that definitely raises the ick factor for surgery to a new level. Like something out of Stephen King's Creepshow, robotic cockroaches are being developed which can crawl into patients' bodies and remove diseased... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 15, 2010 at RobotNext
A Russian robot rover has been photographed from lunar orbit after 37 years. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) imaged the area on one of its orbits of the Moon. Then, Phil Stooke, a researcher from The University of Western Ontario,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2010 at RobotNext
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Mar 15, 2010
The X-37 is the designation for a robotic shuttle craft built to demonstrate reusable technologies for future spacecraft and perform on-orbit operations in the near term. Starting as a NASA project and later taken over by the Air Force, this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at RobotNext
About three weeks ago, asked me to submit a top ten robotics list to their site. So, I agreed to do this because, for RobotNext, I read many other robotics blogs to keep up with the latest news. Of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at RobotNext