System can 3-D print an entire building
Apr 27, 2017
The list of materials that can be produced by 3-D printing has grown to include not just plastics but also metal, glass, and even food. Now, MIT researchers are expanding the list further, with the design of a system that ...
New interface allows more efficient, faster technique to remotely operate robots
Apr 25, 2017
The traditional interface for remotely operating robots works just fine for roboticists. They use a computer screen and mouse to independently control six degrees of freedom, turning three virtual rings and adjusting arrows ...
Bricklaying robot can make ergonomic, economic impact on construction sites
Apr 21, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—New York-based Construction Robotics is just what its title suggests. The company is applying robotics to construction sites where technology can assist, rather than replace, human workers.
Sloth-inspired robot hanging over crops delivers realtime view for farmers
Apr 13, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—Crop monitoring and assessing is a vital component of agriculture. Questions over automating the tasks turn to possible solutions such as flying robots (not very energy wise) and ground monitors (running ...
Picking up the pieces: Unveiling RightPick
Apr 06, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—RightHand Robotics has introduced RightPick. This is a combined hardware and software solution that handles the key task of picking individual items, or "piece-picking."
A flexible faster swimming manta-ray like robot
Apr 06, 2017
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Zhejiang University in China has created a small, soft-bodied robot able to swim twice as fast as others of its kind. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team ...
Octopus tentacle serves as inspiration for gripper
Mar 31, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—German industrial automation company Festo has come up with a bionic gripper, OctopusGripper. The company's focus areas include pneumatic, servopneumatic and electric automation technology and the Octopus ...
Domino's initiative uses robots for pizza delivery
Mar 30, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—Sidewalk robots will deliver pizza this year. Domino's pizza, to be exact. Datelined London, a news release on Wednesday on the Starship Technologies site brought news of the launch of a pilot program with ...
After 75 years, Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics need updating
Mar 17, 2017
When science fiction author Isaac Asimov devised his Three Laws of Robotics he was thinking about androids. He envisioned a world where these human-like robots would act like servants and would need a set of programming rules ...
Technique could protect robot teams' communication networks from malicious hackers
Mar 17, 2017
Distributed planning, communication, and control algorithms for autonomous robots make up a major area of research in computer science. But in the literature on multirobot systems, security has gotten relatively short shrift.