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Building a Robot to Swim in the Human Body

This microscopic robot using reciprocal motion to swim through non-Newtonian fluids. Photo courtesy of Nature Communications.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have created microscopic machines that can slowly swim through non-Newtonian fluids, such as those found in connective, epithelial and neural tissues. Made out of silicon rubber, the robots are cast in a 3D printed mold. Just like a scallop, each robot has two shells connected by a thin, narrow hinge. …

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ARTI: A Robust, Rolling Robot Chassis for Climbing Stairs

The ARTI chassis can climb up and down stairs with ease. Even non standard, uneven, and bullnose stairs are easily tackled. Photo courtesy of Transcend Robotics.

If you are looking for a robot chassis that can handle unpredictable terrain, consider ARTI from Transcend Robotics. Invented by retired entrepeneur Andrew Ferguson, the three-part chassis climbs up and down stairs — and all sorts of other obstacles — with ease. It doesn’t matter whether the stairs are non-standard, …

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Makeblock’s Ultimate Robot Kit Released

This is just one of more than 10 possible configurations that can be made with Makeblock's Ultimate Robot Kit. Photo courtesy of Makeblock.

Makeblock has released a new, Arduino-based kit that includes a robotic gripper. The Ultimate Robot Kit can be assembled into more than 10 different configurations, with Lego-like instructions available online. The included Arduino controller can be programmed via Scratch. The robot can also be controlled wirelessly via Bluetooth …

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Fold Your Own Robot

Zoobotics' Zuri robot was made using paper and cardboard. Photo courtesy of Zoobotics.

If you love origami and robots, you’ll definitely want to check out the Zoobotics Website. Zoobotics has posted some inspiring photos of an Arduino-based, paper robot. While the electronics are rather straightforward (it has a distance sensor and can be programmed wirelessely via Bluetooth), the innovative way Zoobotics …

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Flowstone Workshop 15

Flowpaw - A Robot Exclusive

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Help Kickstart a Giant Robot Battle

One of the members of the MegaBots team sits inside his creation. Photo courtesy of MegaBots.

Three engineers are leading a movement to bring giant fighting robots to a live venue near you. Their prototype bot, a 15-feet tall, 15,000 pound walking humanoid, is just the beginning. The co-creators of MegaBots, Inc. imagine many huge bots, fighting it out in a variety …

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