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Power Outage? Robots to the Rescue

Power Outage? Robots to the Rescue

Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count.   Now, Nina Mahmoudian of Michigan Technological University has developed a tabletop model [...]

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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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Soft Robot Takes a Licking, Keeps On Walking

Soft Robot Takes a Licking, Keeps On Walking

When it comes to soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord. Developers from Harvard’s School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have produced the first untethered soft robot — a quadruped that can stand up and walk away from its designers.   Working in the [...]

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First Graphene-Based Flexible Display

First Graphene-Based Flexible Display

A flexible display incorporating graphene in its pixels’ electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.   The partnership between the two organisations combines the graphene expertise of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC), with the transistor and display [...]

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3D Printers Make Medical Implants, Deliver Chemo

3D Printers Make Medical Implants, Deliver Chemo

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.   The team comprised of doctoral students and research faculty from Louisiana Tech’s biomedical engineering and nanosystems engineering [...]

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Testing Free-Flying Housekeeper Robots in Space

Testing Free-Flying Housekeeper Robots in Space

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for development and research, each having its own power, propulsion, computer, navigation equipment, and physical and electrical connections for hardware and sensors for [...]

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Robots Learn Faster, Better With Online Helpers

Robots Learn Faster, Better With Online Helpers

Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot. University of Washington computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human, robots could one day query the larger online community, asking for instructions or input on [...]

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Demonstrating a Driverless Future

Demonstrating a Driverless Future

In the coming decades, we will likely commute to work and explore the countryside in autonomous, or driverless, cars capable of communicating with the roads they are traveling on. A convergence of technological innovations in embedded sensors, computer vision, artificial intelligence, control and automation, and computer processing power is making this feat a reality.   [...]

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