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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.  

IEEE Spectrum: Watch Six of the Coolest Surgical Robots in Action

Robotically-assisted surgery was initially thought overcome the limitations of pre-existing minimally-invasive surgical procedures and to enhance the capabilities of surgeons performing open surgery. Today’s surgical robots does extend a surgeon’s capacities; filtering out hand tremors and allow maneuvers that even the best surgeon couldn’t pull off with laparoscopic surgery’s typical long-handled tools. But as pointed …

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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.  

IEEE Spectrum: A Gyroscope Jetpack for Astronauts

A new jetpack, stabilized with high-­tech gyroscopes, could help astronauts navigate low-gravity environments Read more: Tomorrow’s Space Suit: Personal “Gravity Pack” Comes Standard  

IEEE Spectrum: Quadruped Walking Robot With Spherical Shell

“Development of Quadruped Walking Robot with Spherical Shell -Mechanical Design for Rotational Locomotion,” by Takeshi Aoki, Satoshi Ito and Yosuke Sei from the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan, was presented at IROS 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures  

IEEE Spectrum: Robot Learns to Push Heavy Objects With Their Bodies

“Whole-body Pushing Manipulation With Contact Posture Planning of Large and Heavy Object for Humanoid Robot,” by Masaki Murooka, Shunichi Nozawa, Yohei Kakiuchi, Kei Okada, and Masayuki Inaba from the University of Tokyo, was presented at ICRA 2015 in Seattle, Wash.  

IEEE Spectrum: Miniature Origami Robot Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades

“An Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades,” by Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthia R. Sung, and Daniela Rus from MIT and TU Munich, was presented at ICRA 2015 in Seattle. IEEE Spectrum is the flagship publication of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an organization with more than …

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