Robotics

  • Robots made of living animal cells

    ‘Xenobots’ are unique lifeforms designed by artificial intelligence.

    It feels like some sort of line has been crossed, or at least blurred: researchers in the US have created robots made...

    Robotics January 13, 2020
  • Smooth moves at the M-Block party

    These robots know who else is in the crowd.

    These are “M-Blocks”, self-transforming robot blocks that can jump, spin, flip and even identify each other using a t...

    Robotics October 31, 2019
  • New solution to weighty issue

    Using drones to learn more about large cetaceans.

    There’s always been a problem with checking the mass, length and various other characteristics of wild whales. Probl...

    Marine life October 2, 2019
  • Fishy robot outswims the school

    Fake fish proves mighty fine at fin-flapping.

    An international team’s robotic fish – dubbed Tunabot – has recorded impressive speeds and energy efficiency during t...

    Robotics September 18, 2019
  • A robot glider that takes off from water

    Acetylene gas offers solution to high power demand.

    The laws of physics can be brutal, and perhaps nowhere are they more so than in the field of robotics. Researchers a...

    Robotics September 11, 2019
  • Mini robo-snakes in our brains?

    They may explore cerebral blood vessels and lasering blockages.

    Perching exactly at the intersection of amazing and deeply creepy, tiny snake-like robots may soon be used to perform...

    Robotics August 28, 2019
  • Robo exo-suits to improve exercise

    Project uses biomechanics but tests fashion sense.

    The solution to a major challenge in robotics might have a significant downside, at least in terms of appearances. T...

    Body and Mind August 15, 2019
  • Orca will change US battle-readiness

    Looking ahead to the era of the XLUUV.

    There’s no doubt drones are becoming lynchpins in the future of US warfare. Barack Obama authorised 506 drone strikes...

    Robotics July 28, 2019
  • It’s not easy giving a robot a sense of touch

    There are clues in the biological world, however.

    We have robots that can walk, see, talk and hear, and manipulate objects in their robotic hands. There’s even a robot...

    Robotics July 19, 2019
  • Robo-skin mimics our neuro architecture

    Membrane lets let robots react to stimuli in milliseconds.

    Researchers from the University of Singapore have created an electronic skin which will permit robots to detect tempe...

    Robotics July 17, 2019
  • Robot harvests lettuce, and that’s impressive

    Machine learning may boost automation of agriculture.

    A British robot has harvested a lettuce. That might, at first glance, not appear terribly exciting, but it could repr...

    Robotics July 8, 2019
  • A jellyfish, but not…

    Scientists find marine inspiration for a multi-functional robots.

    German researchers have created a soft robot that looks and moves like a jellyfish. Metin Setti. Our image of the day...

    Robotics July 2, 2019
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