Robotics

  • 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 ...

    News 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...

    News 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...

    News 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...

    News 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...

    News 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...

    News 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 ...

    News 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 ...

    News 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...

    News 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...

    News 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
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