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Category: Technology: Robotics

Harvard University: A Soft Exosuit for Running

Building upon previous soft exosuit technology, researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS have developed a soft exosuit for running. This exosuit applies forces to the hip joint using thin, flexible wires, assisting the muscles during each stride. Using an off-board actuation system, compared to not wearing the exosuit, this exosuit can reduce the …

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Wired: What happens as we meld with ever more capable machines?

Earlier this year, scientists at the Imperial College London announced smart sensor technology that allows a robot arm to be controlled via signals from nerves in the spinal cord. We, humans, are interacting with robotics to an ever greater extent. Wired explores this robotic augmentation and asks what happens as we meld with ever more …

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The MegaBot Mk.III Heavy Lift Arms and Leg Day

In the MegaBot web-tv series we get to follow MegaBots Inc. building an enormous robot, the Mark 3. The team is now testing the legs and arms of the Mk.II. When completed, it will have a total of 430 horsepowers, be five meters high (15 feet), weigh 5 metric tons (12,000lb) and – among other …

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Hankook Mirae Technology’s ‘Method-2’ Robot is a Giant Mecha

The world’s first giant, manned robot “Method-2” took some of its first steps in the Gunpo studio of Hankook Mirae Technology recently. The Mech (‘Mecha‘) was designed by Vitaly Bulgarov, a veteran of science fiction blockbusters, having previously worked on film series such as Transformers, Robocop and Terminator. The 3,9m (13ft), 1.5 ton Method-2 robot …

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WIRED: A Brief History of Our Robotic Future

Artificial intelligence and automation stand to upend nearly every aspect of modern life, from transportation to health care and even work. So how did we get here and where are we going?  

NASA: Exploring Ocean Worlds with Robots

The search for life beyond Earth needs robots. But to explore distant ocean worlds like Europa, we’ll need a new set of tools to drill through ice, reach faraway samples and cross difficult terrain. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently finished a series of prototypes that might make that exploration a little easier.  

TechCrunch: Northeastern puts NASA’s Valkyrie space robots through its paces

The Northeastern University has been tasked with prepping NASA’s Valkyrie robot for future missions to Mars. Both the robotics labs at MIT and Northeastern got their very own superhero robot on loan in 2015, plus tech and some $250,000 in monetary support from NASA. “Advances in robotics, including human-robotic collaboration, are critical to developing the …

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IEEE Spectrum: Festo’s Fantastical Flying Robots

At the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., Festo, a German industrial automation company, brought along some of its incredible robotic animals for a rare public display. We stopped by the Festo booth to check them out. In an abandoned ballroom upstairs, Festo’s chief pilot, Markus Schäffer, showed off three of the company’s …

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IEEE Spectrum: Kengoro the Robot That Sweats

At the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) this week, Japanese researchers presented a novel idea of how to cool humanoid robots in a much more efficient way: Design them to be able to sweat water straight out of their bones.  

Science Magazine: A spongy robot hand with a sense of touch

Our hands don’t just hold things– they need to sense pressure and texture in order to help us grip and manipulate. This robot hand can detect bumpy patterns and even feel things like softness–watch to learn how.  

UC Berkeley: SALTO – Berkeley’s leaping robot

Roboticists at UC Berkeley have designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting in the highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded. The agility of the robot opens new pathways of locomotion that were not previously attainable. The …

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IHMC Robotics Lab: Atlas Walking over Partial Footholds

Google-owned Boston Dynamics has developed the humanoid robot Atlas for over three years and over the years we have seen many examples of how the mobile robot is and what balance it possesses. In this video you can see how Atlas makes its way across some fairly narrow obstacles, walking over small and partial footholds …

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IEEE Spectrum: Tackle This: Football’s Newest MVP is a Robot

This robotic tackling dummy was created by a team of Dartmouth College engineering students. Short for Mobile Virtual Player, the MVP robot is designed to take a beating during football drills, sparing players from an accumulation of the kinds of impacts known to result in concussions and long-term brain damage.  

PBS: Space Time | Self-Replicating Robots and Galactic Domination

Self-assembling robots are referred to as von Neumann machines after the man responsible for originally proposing them, John von Neumann. Since then, the potential of these machines and their ability to proliferate throughout known space has made galactic colonization seem not only possible but perhaps inevitable.  

Atlas Balancing on Line

The humanoid robot Atlas balancing on a line contact (plywood edge approx. 2cm thick). This video was recorded during a lucky run, usually the robot is not able to maintain balance for this long. The shaking is caused by poor state estimation (we only use onboard sensors). The control algorithm is developed by IHMC the …

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EMIEW is a humanoid robot ready to help guide you

Hitachi has developed EMIEW since 2005, and now released the third version in the series. This model has a top speed of 3.7 kilometers per hour. It has a so called “remote brain” with embedded sensors and access to external cameras in the building. These provide the robot with all the information necessary for an …

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‘Octobot’ is the world’s first soft-bodied robot

A robot that consists entirely of soft materials has been developed by researchers at the Harvard University. Its the first completely soft-bodied robot, dubbed the “Octobot.” Earlier when soft robots were manufactured, they still needed to be linked to, or contain, something ‘hard’ to function. But the team of scientists have thus managed to get …

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Search And Destroy Landmines? There Is A Drone For That

The Mine Kafon Drone, an airborne demining system developed to clear all land mines around the world in less than 10 years  

DEKA’s LUKE Prosthetic Arm to the Market

The FDA has approved the DEKA Arm System, a mind-controlled prosthetic funded by DARPA and developed by a company founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen. Rock, paper, scissors will never be the same again. And now Mobius Bionics LLC announce the commercial introduction of the LUKE arm. Its creators nicknamed it the “Luke Arm,” after …

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PneuHound, a robot dog driven by pneumatics

Perhaps Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini is the worlds first robotic dog, about the size of a German Shepherd. But PneuHound could very well be the world’s first robotic chihuahua. PneuHound is a robot dog driven by pneumatics, developed in Adaptive Robotics Lab., Osaka Univeristy

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