Robotics

  • These bots were made for walkin’

    Taking baby steps with standard electronic signals.

    A Cornell University collaboration is trying to up the ante on walking robots by developing some you can control with...

    Robotics August 28, 2020
  • A camera system with bugs – but that’s OK

    Energy efficiency makes wireless vision possible.

    Yes, that is a beetle wearing a camera backpack. Not because it needs to: just because it can. Or, more accurately...

    Robotics July 16, 2020
  • Robot loose in the chem lab

    Modern researcher makes its own decisions and discoveries.

    This will either inspire or terrify you, depending on your view of such things. British researchers have built an ...

    Robotics July 9, 2020
  • Bubbles for plants and drones for mosquitoes

    Two novel ways of delivering the goods.

    The answer to most things these days is an app or a drone, so it’s rare when one of these falls short of the mark, le...

    Robotics June 19, 2020
  • ‘Spiderlab’ films some free-flying specimens

    Cable-suspended mini lab gathers detailed flight data.

    If you’ve watched a butterfly fluttering around your garden, you’ll know that flying insects have evolved efficient s...

    Robotics June 11, 2020
  • Do you see how I see?

    New artificial eye design mimics the real thing.

    Researchers in Hong Kong have developed a proof-of-concept artificial eye with a similar structure to a human one. An...

    Robotics May 22, 2020
  • To climb, maybe robots need toes

    Researchers watch a gecko in action.

    At right is a close-up of the toepads of a Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko), and it has links to a few branches of science. ...

    Animals May 13, 2020
  • Robot, fly like a ladybug

    Fast wings inspire some soft and compliant origami.

    If you’re worried about machines following you, you may want to ignore the video above. Scientists in South Korea ...

    Robotics April 20, 2020
  • Marine robot multitasking

    Study looks at potential to serve industry and science.

    Underwater robots are regularly used by the oil and gas industry to inspect and maintain offshore structures.  But...

    Robotics April 17, 2020
  • A spring in your step?

    In theory, it could make you run an awful lot faster.

    A spring-powered device attached to human legs could, in theory at least, boost sprinting speed by more than 50% with...

    Robotics March 26, 2020
  • Robotic feelings?

    AI that shows vulnerability makes for better conversation.

    Suppose you’re part of a team in a group activity. One of your team members is uncommunicative, even taciturn. This b...

    Robotics March 11, 2020
  • Algorithm keeps robots on task

    To avoid collisions, they focus on their immediate vicinity.

    US researchers say they have developed the first decentralised algorithm that can stop robots colliding when they are...

    Robotics February 25, 2020
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