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RoMeLa’s BALLU Stands Tall – All The Time


The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, RoMeLa, at UCLA, recently shared a video on YouTube of BALLU, a Buoyancy Assisted Lightweight Legged Unit that takes an interesting approach to a problem common to many bi-pedal bots, staying upright. BALLU solves this problem so well, it’s actually incapable …

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Nylon Fibers Could Help Your Robot Flex

This image shows the fabrication steps from raw circular filament to a fully functional bending artificial muscle. The bottom filament is a raw circular filament. Researchers press the filament using a rolling mill (the second sample from the bottom). Next, they add a mask in the middle of the surface (the third sample from the bottom). Then, they add the conductive ink (the second sample from the top). Finally, they remove the mask after the ink is dried (the sample on the top).  Credit: MIT

Researchers at MIT have recently developed a new way to mimic muscle function and it could have profound implications for robotics. Using highly oriented nylon fibers, shaped in particular way and manipulated through the sequenced application and removal of a heat source, the researchers were able …

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Robot In Germany Controlled From Russia with Unique Interface

Photo: Jan Albiez DFKI GmbH

DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, recently posted a video documenting the successful remote operation of a robot through an exoskeleton interface at a distance of nearly 4,000 kilometers. In this trial, an operator in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk used the DFKI-designed CAPIO …

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2016 World Educational Robot Championships Held in Shanghai

A team from Mexico showing off their robot.

The 2016 World Educational Robot (WER) Championship was held at the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center, China on November 19 and 20. More than 2,000 top players from nearly 20 countries, who are selected from different levels of WER competitions, took part in this celebration …

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Why Is This Robot Playing with a Rubik’s Cube?


Solving a Rubik’s cube in record-breaking time of .63 seconds isn’t necessarily serious business for semiconductor manufacturer, Infineon. However, the company recently put their technology to work doing just that in a robot on display at the Electronica trade show in Munich, Germany. The machine, named …

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New Research Could Improve Energy Efficiency in Walking Robots

This model demonstrates the Controlled Passive Actuation technology Douwe Dresscher is working on at the University of Twente in The Netherlands

“Can you imagine robots that can harvest all the energy they need from their environment?” That’s the question Dutch researcher, Douwe Dresscher at the University of Twente asks in the video where he introduces the concept of a walking robot that, through solar panels, can harvest …

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Disney’s Hopping Robot is a LEAP Forward


A team of robotics researchers at Disney Research Pittsburgh made news last month when they revealed their untethered hopping robot at the International Symposium on Experimental Robotics in Tokyo. Billed as a “Tigger” robot in the popular technology press, the bouncy bot captured the hearts of …

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Yogi Robot Explores Yellowstone Lake

Yogi takes the plunge into Yellowstone Lake in August 2016. Image Credit: GFOE

Earlier this year, Robot magazine introduced readers to the Kickstarter project initiated by the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration (GFOE) to build a robotic underwater exploration vehicle to explore the fascinating geothermal environment beneath the surface of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. We were pleased …

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Man Feels With Robotic Fingers in DARPA Breakthrough

Nathan Copeland participates in robotic arm test at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

To adequately mimic the function of a human hand and arm, a robotic prosthetic must interface with the wearer’s nervous system in a way that enables the wearer both to control the arm through brain commands and to receive sensory feedback from the limb. DARPA-funded research …

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These Robotic Grippers Have A Soft Touch

Soft Robotics Grippers are designed to be adaptable, inexpensive and easy to use.

Did a robot pack your groceries? The day may not be far off when you’ll be able to answer that question with a yes – or maybe you’d rather just say, “affirmative.” That’s one of the goals engineers at Cambridge, Massachusetts based Soft Robotics seek to …

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Humanoids 2016 IEEE-RAS International Conference


The 16th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, "Humanoids 2016," will be held at the Westin Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico: 15-17 November 2016.

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Student’s Walking Stick Aids Parkinson’s Patients


In 2014, university student Neha Shahid Chaudhry received a life-changing end-of-course school assignment: to come up with a solution or devise a product that could solve an existing “real world” problem. Chaudhry didn’t have to look beyond her own home. As she watched her beloved grandfather struggle …

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U.S. Navy’s 19th International RoboSub Competition July 27-31


On July 27-31, approximately 350 students from 50 schools representing 11 countries will converge on San Diego to compete in the 19th International RoboSub Competition to be held at the U.S. Navy’s research pool on Point Loma.

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