Robotics

  • Making robots useful in the warehouse

    Researchers try adding a little deep learning.

    Working in a warehouse is tough for robots. Unlike on a production line, where the same motion is constantly repeated...

    Robotics November 19, 2020
  • Hold it softly like an elephant would

    Robotic gripper design takes its cues from nature.

    Engineers in Australia have gone back to nature in the quest to design a robotic gripper that can deal with tight spa...

    Robotics November 10, 2020
  • New school of thought on how fish swim

    Robots reveal the value of vortex phase matching.

    Do fish save energy by swimming in schools? New technology suggests the answer to this old question is yes. German...

    Robotics October 27, 2020
  • Can robot cars drive more like us?

    Researchers develop a model based on managing risk.

    Robot cars would be a bit less robotic if they drove a bit more like us, Dutch researchers suggest. And they may have...

    Robotics October 2, 2020
  • Curly’s a competitor

    Robot beats humans in that compelling sport on ice.

    Like most Australians, I know next to nothing about curling, the sport in which competitors slide a polished stone ac...

    Robotics September 24, 2020
  • 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
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