New soft rubber for creating self-healing robots
Aug 17, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—A team of researchers at Vrije Universiteit Brussel has developed a type of rubber that can be used with robots to allow them to self-heal when cut. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, ...
Kuri to capture your special moments in home videos
Aug 03, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—The Mayfield Robotics team introduced Kuri earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Kuri is now in the news again, though, because the little home robot has some interesting updates, ...
Smaller, smarter, softer robotic arm for endoscopic surgery
Aug 02, 2017
Flexible endoscopes can snake through narrow passages to treat difficult to reach areas of the body. However, once they arrive at their target, these devices rely on rigid surgical tools to manipulate or remove tissue. These ...
How a budget-friendly robot pleased the audience at DefCon (and cracked a safe)
Aug 01, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—For an audience like the one at DefCon in Las Vegas this was quite an act. They sat through some tense minutes as a robot tried, and finally succeed, to crack a combination safe live on stage.
Robot-driven device improves crouch gait in children with cerebral palsy
Jul 26, 2017
In the U.S., 3.6 out of 1000 school-aged children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP). Their symptoms include abnormal gait patterns which results in joint degeneration over time. Slow walking speed, reduced range of motion ...
Researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot
Jul 20, 2017
Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by hand or having dogs sniff for signs of life, they bring out a small, air-tight cylinder. They place the ...
New algorithm, metrics improve autonomous underwater vehicles' energy efficiency
Jul 19, 2017
Robotics researchers have found a way for autonomous underwater vehicles to navigate strong currents with greater energy efficiency, which means the AUVs can gather data longer and better.
Wireless magnetic fields and actuator 'muscles' allow folding robots to move without batteries
Jul 19, 2017
The traditional Japanese art of origami transforms a simple sheet of paper into complex, three-dimensional shapes through a very specific pattern of folds, creases, and crimps. Folding robots based on that principle have ...
Camera drone for space station is ball of cuteness with cube-shaped brain
Jul 18, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has disclosed the first images and movies that have been shot by the "Int-Ball," which is short for Internal Ball Camera. This is a cute-looking and efficient ...
Report examines automation waves that threaten upward mobility
Jul 17, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—Remember when there such a thing as the job ladder—do great work and catch the rewards in the form of promotion, or job assurance, or higher salary, or all three in one great moving-up package?