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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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MIT’s Decentralized Algorithm for Teams of Robots

At the 2016 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Stockholm, MIT researchers presented a new, decentralized planning algorithm for teams of robots that factors in not only stationary obstacles, but moving obstacles, as well.

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MIT’s nuTonomy: Winning the Driverless Race

nuTonomy Inc., a small MIT spinout that has developed advanced software for autonomous vehicles, announced recently that it had closed a $3.6M seed funding round, with investments from Signal Ventures, Samsung Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and Dr. Steven LaValle. The funding will help support nuTonomy’s continued work …

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Robotic Garden: Part II Making It Marketable

The team is currently taking the next step, developing a new version of the garden that will be more accessible to schools—affordable and more portable.

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Borrowing Human Reflexes for a Bot

MIT PhD student Joao Ramos demonstrates a Balance Feedback Interface system on HERMES.

Researchers at MIT have developed a robotic system that uses a human operator’s innate balancing ability to stop the robot from falling over after an impact. An exoskeleton worn by the human calculates the person’s movements as forces are unexpectedly applied to the robot and human …

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MIT’s Origami Robot

MIT's self-folding robot can walk and swim on top of fluids. (Photo credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT)

MIT researchers have built origami robots. When heated, the paper thin, previously flat robots folds up into a predetermined shape that allows them to move along a solid surface or float on top of a liquid and move around like a little boat. Each robot weighs …

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MIT’s Cheetah Jumps Over Obstacles Autonomously

The Cheetah 2 is the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously. (Photo credit: Haewon Park, Patrick Wensing, and Sangbae Kim.)

MIT engineers have expanded the capabilities of their Cheetah 2. The robot can now autonomously detect obstacles while running, and jump over them. Designed in MIT’s Biomimetics Robotics Lab, the robot uses a 2D laser distance sensor to spot anything in its path and gather data …

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Visualization System Projects Robot’s Thoughts

A projection system displays a robot's thoughts regarding path planning. Photo courtesy of Melanie Gonick/MIT.

Researchers at MIT have built a system that displays an autonomous robot’s path planning options, as the bot considers its route. The system was designed in response to visitors of the school’s Aerospace Control Lab who often thought the robots were simply displaying random behaviors. “Normally, a robot may make …

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