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MIT Engineers 3D Print a ‘Living Tattoo’
By RT Staff · 6 December, 2017 • MIT engineers have devised a 3D printing technique that uses a new kind of ink made from genetically programmed living cells. The cells are engineered to light up in response to a variety of stimuli. When mixed with a slurry of hydrogel and nutrients, the cells can be printed, layer by layer, to form three-dimensional, interactive structures and devices.
FORPHEUS Table Tennis Robot Teaches Humans at CES
By Steve Crowe · 6 December, 2017 • Omron Corp.'s FORPHEUS ping-pong-playing robot will make its U.S. debut at CES 2018. We worthy humans can put our skills, or lack thereof, to the test against the AI-powered robot.
Artificial Muscles Give Soft Robots ‘Superpowers’
By Steve Crowe · 27 November, 2017 • Researchers have created origami-inspired artificial muscles that allow soft robots to lift objects up to 1,000 times their own weight. The artificial muscles can be made for less than $1.
Toyota T-HR3 Humanoid Uses VR to Mimic Humans
By Steve Crowe · 21 November, 2017 • Toyota’s third-generation humanoid robot, the T-HR3, uses a force feedback-enabled control system, an HTC Vive VR headset, "data glove" and torque servos to mimic the movements of a human user.
SpotMini Robot Dog Gets Major Makeover
By Steve Crowe · 14 November, 2017 • Boston Dynamics introduced a new version of its SpotMini robot dog. The new SpotMini has a whole new look, ditched the manipulator robot arm and added 3D vision cameras for obstacle avoidance.
10 Memorable ROS-based Robots
By RT Staff · 7 November, 2017 • The Robot Operating System (ROS) turns 10 today. To celebrate, we take a look at 10 memorable ROS-based robots throughout the years.
Watch a Sawyer Robot Give out Halloween Candy
By Steve Crowe · 2 November, 2017 • Georgia Tech's Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning Lab used a Rethink Robotics' Sawyer cobot to hand out 1,000 pieces of candy in three hours to trick or treaters.
Caltech Opens Autonomous Systems Research Center
By RT Staff · 30 October, 2017 • The Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, a new 10,000-square-foot facility at the California Institute of Technology, will unite engineers and scientists to advance research on robotics, drones, driverless cars, and machine learning.
‘Robutt’ Helps Ford Design Better Car Seats
By Steve Crowe · 27 October, 2017 • Ford's "Robutt" robot mimics human buttocks to help the company design better car seats. A KUKA industrial robot arm lifts Robutt in and out of a seat 25,000 times over a three-week period to help design seats that will help passengers remain comfortable for longer.
Robot Masseuse Treating Patients in Singapore
By RT Staff · 24 October, 2017 • Emma, short for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, specializes in back and knee massages. Emma 3.0, the first masseuse robot to go into public service, recently started work on her first patients at the NovaHealth Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic in Singapore.
Autonomous Snake-like Robot to Support Search-and-Rescue
By Steve Crowe · 20 October, 2017 • Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating autonomous snake-like robots that can navigate through the rubble, confined spaces, and rough terrain left in the aftermath of a disaster and send images and information to search-and-rescue teams.
WiBotic PowerPad Wirelessly Charges Drones
By Steve Crowe · 18 October, 2017 • WiBotic’s PowerPad wirelessly charges everything from large industrial drones to smaller commercial drones. The PowerPad can wirelessly charge a typical commercial drone battery in the same amount of time as plug-in charger
Disney: Focus on the Robot Experience
By Aseem Prakash · 12 October, 2017 • The robot experience included in a business strategy is important not only to customer relations but soon also to competitiveness and employee satisfaction.
How Many Robots Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?
By Steve Crowe · 11 October, 2017 • Watch a Fetch robot with a custom soft robotic gripper use a screwdriver, screw in a lightbulb, remove a bottle cap and more.
AI System Could Help Robots See Around Corners
By RT Staff · 9 October, 2017 • MIT CSAIL's new CornerCameras system uses information about light reflections to detect objects around corners and measure their speed and trajectory in real-time.

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