EPFL researchers show edible actuator at IROS 2017
Oct 09, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—Edible what? Swiss researchers from Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have come up with a fully edible soft pneumatic actuator. So what is the takeaway?
MIT CSAIL explores virtual reality control room
Oct 04, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—If we clear our heads of all the anxious chatter about robots marching into a factory and humans marching out, we get our arms around the likely scenario: manufacturing will adopt systems that involve robots ...
Shape-shifting device can walk, roll, sail, and glide using recyclable exoskeletons
Sep 28, 2017
From butterflies that sprout wings to hermit crabs that switch their shells, many animals must adapt their exterior features in order to survive. While humans don't undergo that kind of metamorphosis, we often try to create ...
Handshake team is focused on human-robot interactions
Sep 22, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—Applause goes out to all those scientists, developers and engineers who put together robots who can grip tools, lift packages, sling pingpong balls, deliver pizzas and cut into fabric. If we are winning the ...
Remora robot able to adhere quickly and strongly to underwater objects
Sep 21, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—A team of researchers from China and the U.S. has created a robot that is able to mimic a remora fish by adhering quickly and strongly to underwater objects. In their paper published in the journal Science ...
Startup pioneers human-centric urban travel
Sep 19, 2017
For city dwellers, life without an automobile can be filled with daily headaches and frequent inconveniences. Everyday tasks, like lugging a few grocery bags from the nearest market to a walk-up apartment, become a pain in ...
Burger robots to appear at 50 locations
Sep 16, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—We have been treated to a generous amount of stories announcing new advances in assembly-line robots and home-assistant robots. Smartened up with cameras and artificial intelligence, it looks like time to ...
New soft robots really suck
Aug 31, 2017
EPFL scientists have created the first functional robot powered entirely by vacuum: made up of soft building blocks, it moves by having air sucked out of them. The robot can be reconfigured to perform different tasks, like ...
New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct
Aug 30, 2017
Just as drivers observe the rules of the road, most pedestrians follow certain social codes when navigating a hallway or a crowded thoroughfare: Keep to the right, pass on the left, maintain a respectable berth, and be ready ...
Creating garments with Sewbot: Watch for changes in the business of clothing
Aug 26, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—Robotics and high speed computer vision are going to change the apparel industry and it is already evident that change is under way. SoftWear Automation, an Atlanta-based robotic sewing company, is in the ...