A robot with a firm yet gentle grasp

[ad_1] A robotic gripper developed in the lab of University at Buffalo engineer Ehsan Esfahani uses repulsion between magnets to adjust the stiffness of its grip, improving safety. Credit: Douglas Levere/University at Buffalo Human hands are remarkably skilled at manipulating a range of objects. We can pick up an egg or a strawberry without smashing […]

'Flying fish' robot can propel itself out of water and glide through the air

[ad_1] Illustration of the robot leaping out of the water. Credit: Aerial Robotics Lab/Imperial College London A bio-inspired bot uses water from the environment to create a gas and launch itself from the water’s surface. The robot, which can travel 26 metres through the air after take-off, could be used to collect water samples in […]

That muffled voice on the other side of the McDonald's drive-thru could be replaced by a robot

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain McDonald’s on Tuesday announced plans to acquire a voice technology company to help speed up ordering at the drive thru, the latest in a series of high-tech investments by the fast-food chain as it strives to improve wait times and draw customers to its restaurants. McDonald’s declined to disclose the […]

A soft phototactic swimming robot built using a self-sustained hydrogel oscillator

[ad_1] September 10, 2019 feature Credit: Zhao et al. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the California NanoSystems Institute in Los Angeles have recently developed a soft swimming robot based on a self-sustained hydrogel oscillator. This robot, presented in a paper published in Science Robotics, operates under constant light input without […]

New study presents real-time biodynamic knee OA evaluation training robot

[ad_1] Professor Sang Hoon Kang in the School of Mechanical Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering at UNIST. Credit: Kyoungchae Kim (Public Relations Team, UNIST) A research team, affiliated with South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has presented a system that can quantitatively complement the diagnosis of knee arthritis, which was performed only […]

The wall-climbing robot inspired by a leech

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain A soft and flexible leech-shaped robot that can climb vertical walls has been developed as part of a collaborative research project. LEeCH (Longitudinally Extensible Continuum-robot inspired by Hirudinea) has been borne out of research led by Dr. Tomoaki Mashimo, Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Toyohashi University […]

The ISS' spherical robot helper has returned to Earth

[ad_1] The partners have been working on a successor that should build on the lessons learned from the first-generation robot. The new CIMON will have a “more robust” computer, better mics, improved flight control and a more conversational system that recognizes speech, determines intent and includes a call history. It’s expected to reach the ISS […]

Engineers show off Astro the robot dog

[ad_1] Using deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI), FAU scientists are bringing to life one of about a handful of these quadraped robots in the world. Astro is unique because he is the only one of these robots with a head, 3-D printed to resemble a Doberman pinscher, that contains a (computerized) brain. Credit: Alex […]

An evolutionary robotics approach for robot swarm cooperation

[ad_1] One of the three considered learning environments, namely locomotion. In locomotion, agents learn how to navigate in the environment avoiding obstacles (dark rectangles) and other agents. Credit: Amine Boumaza. Recombination, the rearrangement of genetic materials as a result of mating or of combining segments of DNA from different organisms, has numerous evolutionary advantages. For […]