New generation of aerial robots for high-risk service tasks
The need for robots able to carry out high-risk service tasks, such as the inspection of power plants and the cleaning of skyscrapers, is growing. Robots that actively interact with the environment without ...
Artificial muscle made of fishing line is 100 times stronger than yours
By taking simple sewing thread and fishing wire and giving it a twist, scientists have created artificial muscle that's 100 times stronger than human or animal sinew. The invention, described in the journal Science, could ...
Researcher takes a muscular approach to robotics
During his childhood in Korea, Yong-Lae Park developed a love for robotics, using the nuts, bolts and metal bars from science kits to build mechanical versions of his favorite cartoon characters.
An intersection of math and biology: Clams and snails inspire robotic diggers and crawlers (w/ Video)
Engineering has always taken cues from biology. Natural organisms and systems have done well at evolving to perform tasks and achieve objectives within the limits set by nature and physics.
Robot inspects pipes in petrochemical platforms
With the purpose of verifying onshore and offshore platforms such as Pemex's and detect cracks or corrosion, the Mexican Corporation of Material Research (COMIMSA) designed RoboPipe, a robot capable of inspecting ...
Researches build robot to sniff out methane at landfills
Cubelets: Small robots teach big science lessons (w/ Video)
Cubelets are magnetic, electronic building blocks, each with a small computer inside, that can be connected in many different ways to move around a table, follow a hand signal, turn on a light, play sounds, or do many other ...
Robotic exoskeletons to be demonstrated by everyday users at No Barriers Summit
Exoskeletons – originally designed as a wearable robotic suit to allow soldiers to lift heavy loads and walk farther – are now available to help people with disabilities step out of wheelchairs and stand ...
Maine company unveils high-tech SWAT team robot
A Maine company that's developed manned and unmanned tanks with names like "Ripsaw" and "Riptide" for the military and Hollywood filmmakers has unveiled a new contraption—a high-tech police shield that ...
Robot hands gain a gentler touch
(Phys.org) —What use is a hand without nerves, that can't tell what it's holding? A hand that lifts a can of soda to your lips, but inadvertently tips or crushes it in the process?
Scientists track ocean microbe populations in their natural habitat to create a 'day in the life' montage
Microbiologists who study wild marine microbes, as opposed to the lab-grown variety, face enormous challenges in getting a clear picture of the daily activities of their subjects. But a team of scientists ...
Researchers creating team of pingpong-ball-sized robots (w/ Video)
University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hundreds of them.
Professor works to develop power sources for flexible, stretchable electronics
(Phys.org)—Electronic devices become smaller, lighter, faster and more powerful with each passing year. Currently, however, electronics such as cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc., are rigid. But what if ...
Will automated agriculture help meet the world's food demand?
Australia's potential to become the 'food bowl' of Asia has triggered a drive to develop robots for use in farming and agriculture and University of Sydney mechatronics experts are leading the way.