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New Research Could Improve Energy Efficiency in Walking Robots

“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

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

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

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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In Silicon Valley, Even Pizza Is High Tech

Silicon Valley startup ZUME aims to be "the Amazon of food," according to Alex Garden, the co-founder and executive chairman. Located in Mountain View, California, the pizza operation is already breaking new ground with its sophisticated robot assembly line.

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MIT’s Incredible Ingestible Origami Robot

Researchers at MIT, University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a life-saving tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule to complete specific tasks within the human body.

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Roborace: Global Championship for Driverless Racing

Roborace is a new motorsport championship with autonomously driving, electrically powered vehicles. This new championship will provide a competitive platform for the autonomous driving solutions that are now being developed by many large industrial, automotive, and technology players, as well as top universities.

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Starship Technologies Launches Fleet of Delivery Bots

Starting in July, 2016, millions of people will encounter single-minded little autonomous robots in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland as part of the testing program launched by London-based Starship Technologies in tandem with some major industry partners.

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Electroloom: The World’s First 3D Fabric Printer

Electroloom 3D printer uses an electrospinning technique to turn a liquid (currently a custom polyester/cotton blend) into a seamless fabric.

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