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Robot's in-hand eye maps surroundings & determines location

Robot's in-hand eye maps surroundings & determines location
Before a robot arm can reach into a tight space or pick up a delicate object, the robot needs to know precisely where its hand is. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have shown that a camera attached to the robot’s hand can rapidly create a 3D model of its environment and also locate the hand within that 3D world.
18th May 2016

Origami robot can remove batteries from the stomach

Origami robot can remove batteries from the stomach
In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.
16th May 2016

Five-fingered robot hand gets a grip of its self

Five-fingered robot hand gets a grip of its self
Robots today can perform space missions, solve a Rubik’s cube, sort hospital medication and even make pancakes. But most can’t manage the simple act of grasping a pencil and spinning it around to get a solid grip. Intricate tasks that require dexterous in-hand manipulation — rolling, pivoting, bending, sensing friction and other things humans do effortlessly with our hands — have proved notoriously difficult for robots.
10th May 2016


Technology is providing the building blocks of the future

Technology is providing the building blocks of the future
The dirty, dusty and noisy environment of a busy building site is perhaps the last place you’d expect to find the latest technology innovations. Indeed, the majority of fundamental building tools haven’t really changed that much since mankind developed the ability to create them. However, the high-tech buildings and cities of tomorrow are being designed and constructed by equally revolutionary technology.
9th May 2016

The world’s most user-friendly mobile robot

Mobile Industrial Robots, MiR, has announced that it has opened a US office and its award-winning autonomous mobile robot—the MiR100—will be available to North American companies as another tool to drive efficiency. Already in use in 19 countries at prominent manufacturers such as Leoni, Flextronics, and Continental, MiR leads a new generation of autonomous mobile robots whose ease of use, flexibility and payback of less than a year will secure MiR’s leadership role in North America.
3rd May 2016

Increasing drone flight times

Increasing drone flight times
The battery is the beating heart of a drone. The performance of the battery is the key factor in determining the drone’s range and how much payload it can carry – particularly relevant when you consider the delivery applications envisaged for drones by the likes of Amazon and Google.
27th April 2016

The first ever UK Robotics Week

The first ever UK Robotics Week
UK robotics innovation is taking centre stage this summer, with the announcement of a nationwide programme of exciting events for the first ever UK Robotics Week from 25th June to 1st July 2016. Events for people of all ages are being held up and down the country, spanning public lectures, open labs, schools, academic competitions, hackathons, tech weekends for children and cutting-edge robotics showcases.
26th April 2016

Tunnel for birds may be the future of robotic flight

When David Lentink watches a pigeon dart around a building and land perfectly in its roost, however, he sees the future of robotic flight. Lentink, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, has been studying birds in flight for years, with an eye toward applying the tricks birds use to navigate changing conditions in the real world to design better aerial robots.
25th April 2016

Algorithm helps robots avoid collisions with moving obstacles

Algorithm helps robots avoid collisions with moving obstacles
Planning algorithms for teams of robots fall into two categories: centralised algorithms, in which a single computer makes decisions for the whole team, and decentralised algorithms, in which each robot makes its own decisions based on local observations. With centralised algorithms, if the central computer goes offline, the whole system falls apart. Decentralised algorithms handle erratic communication better, but they're harder to design, because each robot is essentially guessing what the others will do.
22nd April 2016

University of Florida hosts mind-controlled drone competition

University of Florida hosts mind-controlled drone competition
"Three, two, one ... GO!" the announcer hollers, and as the racers fix their thoughts on pushing the cubes, the drones suddenly whir, rise and buzz through the air. Some struggle to move even a few feet, while others zip confidently across the finish line. The competition—billed as the world's first drone race involving a brain-controlled interface—involved 16 pilots who used their willpower to drive drones through a 10-yard dash over an indoor basketball court at the University of Florida this past weekend.
22nd April 2016


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