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Robot Control Theory Improves Prosthetic Legs

Robot Control Theory Improves Prosthetic Legs

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk.   In research available online and in an upcoming print issue of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a moving treadmill almost as [...]

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A 3D, Talking Map for the Blind (And Everyone)

A 3D, Talking Map for the Blind (And Everyone)

These maps are made for talking. And touching. And they’re beautiful, too. Touch-responsive maps bring interactive wayfinding to a new level, providing independence to the visually impaired.   In partnership with Touch Graphics Inc., developers at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) have built and tested a new [...]

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Printing Self-Learning Robots With 3D Printers

Printing Self-Learning Robots With 3D Printers

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other obstacles.   “In the future, robots must be able to solve tasks in deep mines on distant [...]

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The World’s Most Advanced Bionic Hand

The World’s Most Advanced Bionic Hand

A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who was able to grasp objects intuitively [...]

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Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

If you can uniformly break the symmetry of nanorod pairs in a colloidal solution, you’re a step ahead of the game toward achieving new and exciting metamaterial properties. But traditional thermodynamic -driven colloidal assembly of these metamaterials, which are materials defined by their non-naturally-occurring properties, often result in structures with high degree of symmetries in [...]

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Making Emergency Robots Easier to Control

Making Emergency Robots Easier to Control

A method borrowed from video gaming can make remote-controlled emergency response robots easier to use — enabling the operator to focus more on the dangerous situations they face.   An international research team is adapting a technique known to gamers as “free look control,” to emergency response robots, which will enable the robots to mimic [...]

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Brain Surgery, by Robot, Through the Cheek

Brain Surgery, by Robot, Through the Cheek

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate — invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period.   Five years ago, a team of Vanderbilt engineers wondered: Is it possible to address epileptic seizures in a less invasive [...]

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Robots Find Tagged Household Objects Easily

Robots Find Tagged Household Objects Easily

Mobile robots could be much more useful in homes, if they could locate people, places and objects. Today’s robots usually see the world with cameras and lasers, which have difficulty reliably recognizing things and can miss objects that are hidden in clutter. A complementary way robots can “sense” what is around them is through the [...]

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Flying Robots Will Go Where Humans Can’t

Flying Robots Will Go Where Humans Can’t

There are many situations where it’s impossible, complicated or too time-consuming for humans to enter and carry out operations. Think of contaminated areas following a nuclear accident, or the need to erect structures such as antennae on mountain tops. These are examples of where flying robots could be used.   Robots Taught to Think and [...]

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Cheetah Robot Runs and Jumps, Untethered

Cheetah Robot Runs and Jumps, Untethered

Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it reaches a full gallop.   Now MIT researchers have [...]

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