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The Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm (Yes, It’s a Thing)
10/02/13 — Jellyfish* are serious business. If you get enough of them in one place, bad things happen. And we're not just talking about some mildly annoying stings, but all-out nuclear war . Obviously, we have to fight back. With ROBOTS. In South Korea, jellyfish are threatening marine ecosystems and are responsible for about US $300 million…

Sprayable Carbon Nanotubes Could be the Solution for Low-Cost Sensors
09/25/13 — Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are showing the way toward low-cost, industrial-scale manufacturing of a new family of electronic devices. A leading example is a gas sensor that could be integrated into food packaging to gauge freshness, or into compact wireless air-quality monitors. New types of solar cells…

Glowing Robotic Tentacles Interact with Visitors at French Petting Zoo
09/18/13 — If you swing by the Petting Zoo in Orleans, France, don't expect to see goats. The robotic "pets" that reside there hang from the ceiling, glowing like so many "Tron" worms. The neon-lit creatures in this "artificial animalistic environment" by experimental architecture and design firm Minimaforms change behavior according to their interactions…

Honeybee Robotics Tools Reach Milestone of 300 Excavations on Mars
09/13/13 — Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation today announced that its tools on the last three generations of NASA’s Mars landers have reached a milestone, collectively completing 300 excavations of Martian dirt and rocks. This marks an important milestone for the physical exploration of the Martian landscape in the search for a…

Robotic Satellite Designed to Clean Space Debris in Earth’s Orbit
09/11/13 — Last year, the Swiss Space Center at the University of Lausanne announced the planned launch of CleanSpace One, a robotic satellite designed to grab onto large pieces of space junk and push them down towards Earth, where ablation with the atmosphere will burn up the trash. Now, in partnership with Swiss Space…

Dormant Robotics Company Rumbles…Kind Of
09/04/13 — Last we heard from Hoaloha Robotics was back in September of 2010, when the company was initially founded by Microsoft veteran Tandy Trower, who'd led the Microsoft Robotics Group for several years. According to some press at the time, Hoaloha was all about "developing a common interface and software that will make assistive robots…

Robotic Solar Charger Adjusts Itself for Optimal Light
08/21/13 — GadgetPower has launched the GP1200 Robotic Solar Generator (RSG), a portable solar powered charging unit which automatically tracks the sun for optimum power conversion rates. The company is now seeking distributors for its generator which uses a combination of sensors and astronomical statistics to ensure the RSG’s compact solar panel. is…

New Model of Tiny Jumping Robot has a Tail
08/21/13 — We first met Jianguo Zhao's jumping robot at ICRA 2011. We were impressed because of how tiny it was, but also because it could change direction, self-right, and jump, all using just one single motor and a clever arrangement of gears. A new upgrade (inspired by research from UC Berkely) adds a tail…

A Closed Door Won’t Keep This Robot Out
08/14/13 — Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab created the Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot, a 3-D printed insectoid 'bot that can crawl under doors, limbo-style. STAR, for short, can extend or detract its legs to raise itself up or squish itself down--small enough to squeeze through the bottoms of…

ASI Reveals New Autonomous Platform
08/14/13 — Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) will officially unveil FORGE™, a new open-interface extensible ground robot, at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 conference in Washington, D.C. Answering the many requests for an x-by-wire skid steer base that can be expanded for a variety of robotic applications, the Forge platform enables developers and…

Move Over Iron Maiden, These New Rockers are Actually Metal
08/07/13 — The acoustic relationship between man and machine has been at the centre of much of the most inventive music of the past 50 years. From the eerie experimentation of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to the mechanical synchronicity of Kraftwerk, the assembly line pulse of Detroit techno and the icy synth…

Autonomous Underwater Robots Perform Swimmingly at RoboSub Competition
07/31/13 — A student team based in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Engineering has taken its underwater robotic vehicle to an international competition in the United States this week. "It's sort of like an underwater obstacle course for robotic vehicles," said team lead Mike Bujold, who is in his fourth year…

Robot Sees Cracks and Layers in Paintings Invisible to the Human Eye
07/24/13 — In the basement of Madrid's Reina Sofia museum, a giant robotic machine painstakingly scans a painting by Catalan surrealist artist Joan Miro, slowly snapping hundreds of microscopic shots. The pictures taken by the machine, which uses infrared and ultraviolet photography, will help experts determine the condition of the 1974 oil…

Autonomous Sailboats Catch Some Waves
07/16/13 — A student-built unmanned sailboat competition isn’t just at the leading edge of autonomous vehicle development. It sounds like a blast. SailBot 2013saw 16 teams from colleges and high schools around the world competing to build boats that require no human input to navigate open waters. While autonomous vehicle competitions have…

FluxCrawler Robot Detects Cable Damage Before It’s Too Late
07/10/13 — The FluxCrawl robot, developed and patented by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP, is designed to scan surfaces of heavily loaded metal cables by performing a magnetic flux test. The metallic caterpillar-like robot climbs up the cable, revolving around, attached to the cable by a U-shaped magnet.…

Festo’s Robot Dragonfly an Awesome Mix of Prehistoric and Futuristic
07/02/13 — German manufacturing firm Festo recently resurrected a Paleozoic dragonfly. No, we’re not talking de-extinction or synthetic biology—this baby’s robotic. But at 70 cm (27 in) by 48 cm (19 in), Festo’s BionicOpter robot dragonfly is a futuristic flying machine with more than a touch of the prehistoric in it. Dragonflies are clever fliers—they…

German Researchers Build Robotic Ape
07/02/13 — We love bio-inspired robots. From sea turtles to salamanders and even the house cat, more and more of the animal kingdom is getting robot counterparts, and for good reason. Each animal or insect has its own special movements and behaviors that are inspiring new types of locomotion and other advances in robotics. German researchers…

Bend It Like a Bot: RoboCup Kicks Off
06/25/13 — As you can see, the humanoid robots there are pretty advanced. So any technological advantage that gives a team the upper hand is a worthy goal indeed. In recent months, the field of humanoid robotics has taken some major steps forward. These steps take us ever closer to the future portrayed by…




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