Robotics

  • 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
  • Gently does it

    Soft robotic fingers lift jellyfish without stress.

    Soft robots have many uses, and now we can add lifting jellyfish to that list. US researchers have shown that captur...

    Robotics February 24, 2020
  • Snakes in the lab, but all is well

    Engineers develop a robot that can climb like a kingsnake.

    Ophiophobes might suggest we have enough real snakes in the world without creating artificial ones. A robot snake ...

    Robotics February 19, 2020
  • Fancy a world where jellyfish get speedy?

    New prosthetic could turn them into assets, researchers say.

    US engineers have developed a tiny prosthetic they say motivates jellyfish to swim with greater speed and efficiency ...

    Robotics January 29, 2020
  • Robot pigeon promises new flying machines

    Producing a prototype for avian-inspired aviation.

    As early aviators discovered, sometimes to their terminal cost, the way in which birds fly is complicated and complex...

    Robotics January 16, 2020
  • 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
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