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Thumbles’ Tiny Robots Add Controls to Touchscreens
05/01/14 — If there's still one complaint we all have about touchscreens, it's that we sometimes miss physical buttons. Whether it's a game controller, or a keyboard, having tactile feedback is often a better solution - sometimes. This is what led to the development of these tiny robot Thumbles that roll onto…

Google’s Project Tango Helps Robots on International Space Station
04/23/14 — Google’s technology will soon enter into new territory: space. NASA has announced plans to take advantage of Project Tango on board  the International Space Station to guide SPHERES robots’ navigation within the facility. SPHERES are zero-gravity autonomous machines being developed to serve as robotic assistants to help astronauts and independently…

Mini Robot Printer is Like an Ink-Squirting Roomba
04/16/14 — Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer actually is. Printers, of course, are annoyingly big pieces of hardware that remain tethered to our desktops, a…

MIT Developing Paper Robots People Can Print at Home
04/10/14 — MIT's Ankur Mehta is lead researcher on a project that quite literally enables people to print robots on a standard piece of paper at home. It might sound crazy, but there's a lot of complicated math to back up the fact that you can create nearly any shape you like…

Crabster CR200 6-Legged Robot to Explore Ocean Floor
04/03/14 — Monsters of the deep soon will have a man-made horror to contend with, according to CNN, as the Crabster CR200 is released into the oceans. Weighing over half a ton, the six-legged, crustacean-inspired robot is intended for the most dangerous undersea exploration. Developed by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and…

MIT’s ‘RoboClam’ Can Destroy Underwater Mines
03/27/14 — The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam that can perform the same trick.The device, known as “RoboClam,” could be used to dig itself…

Autonomous Ships Take to the Sea
03/20/14 — If artificial intelligence is sophisticated enough to guide a car through Bay Area traffic, surely it can pilot a ship safely from port to port on the open sea. That’s the premise of a European Union-funded project called MUNIN tasked with designing largely automated cargo ships by the beginning of…

MIT ‘Fish’ Soft Robot Powered by Carbon Monoxide
03/13/14 — Soft robots — which don’t just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels — have become a sufficiently popular research topic that they now have their own journal, Soft Robotics. In the first issue of that journal, out this month, MIT researchers report the…

Teleoperated Robot Makes Tree Cutting Safe
03/04/14 — Of all the things you should not give robots - lasers, knives, swords - one of the worst is possibly chainsaws. I mean, chainsaws are noisy in a terrifying sort of way and awfully messy. They're especially dangerous if you're a tree, in that if you're a tree, there is a significantly increased…

AI Expert: Robots Will be Smarter Than Humans by 2029
02/27/14 — One of the world’s leading futurologists and artificial intelligence (AI) developers, 66-year-old Kurzweil has previous form in making accurate predictions about the way technology is heading. In 1990 he said a computer would be capable of beating a chess champion by 1998 – a feat managed by IBM’s Deep Blue,…

Underwater Robots Inspired by Electric Fish
02/16/14 — Scientists are in the process of developing underwater robots that have been inspired by Amazon electric fish. The weakly electric black ghost knifefish of the Amazon basin has inspired Northwestern University's Malcolm MacIver and an interdisciplinary team of researchers to develop agile fish robots that could lead to a vast…

Marsupial Robotic System Surveys Innavigable Waterways
02/13/14 — The string of disastrous floods currently plaguing Britain demonstrate that managing rivers and other waterways is about more than protecting curlew nests and counting otters. To help provide a better understanding of riverine areas, a team headed by José Barata and Pedro Santana of the University of Lisbon is developing…

European Robot Senses and Learns Like a Honeybee
02/06/14 — Researchers of Freie Universität Berlin, of the Bernstein Fokus Neuronal Basis of Learning, and of the Bernstein Center Berlin and have developed a robot that perceives environmental stimuli and learns to react to them. The scientists used the relatively simple nervous system of the honeybee as a model for its…

Perching Drone Gets Leg Up on Competition
01/28/14 — Quadcopter drones are built specifically for an easy takeoff and stable flight, but landing can be a tricky task. They generally need to land on flat ground or risk toppling over. Bhargav Gajjar, a roboticist based out of MIT and Vishwa Robotics, has built a droneto solve that problem. According to New…

E-Whiskers’ High Sensitivity Helps to Perfect Robotics
01/22/14 — Whiskers are biological sensors—nature's adorable answer to overcoming poor eyesight and allowing nighttime navigation. Capable of detecting even the slightest wisps of air, whiskers help cats hunt in utter darkness and allow insects to negotiate tight spaces. Given recent advances in biomimicry, it was only a matter of time before scientists granted…

Jellyfish Robot Contracts Its Way through the Air
01/15/14 — A "flying jellyfish" machine that swims through the air has been developed by scientists who believe it offers an alternative strategy for getting off the ground. The device has "wings" that push downwards rather than flap, mimicking the pulsing movements of a swimming jellyfish. The machine may lend itself to…

Clawed Robotic Gripper Designed with Asteroids in Mind
01/08/14 — Scientists with NASA have developed a robot that's designed to help astronauts in future spacewalks get a grip on rough surfaces such as asteroids and comets. The automatic gripper can also hold on to overhanging rock surfaces, making it a robotic wall-climbing device that could be used to hold on to…

EZ Robot “Revolution” Line Sets Sights on Modular Robotics
01/02/14 — Ez-Robot, a small company based in Calgary, Canada, is aiming to start a new "revolution" in robotics. The company's new Revolution line is a series of small, hobby-sized robots with modular parts, easy-to-use features, and snap-together mechanics. The line consists of three new robot kits: a humanoid two legged walker,…




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