robotics

Perching on Vertical Surfaces

Perching on Vertical Surfaces

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland developed a microaerial vehicle capable of sticking onto vertical surfaces using the mechanisms many insects use for vertical perching. A group of these MAVs could collect data from natural ...

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Cyborg Insects

Cyborg Insects

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have successfully controlled the movements of beetles by delivering jolts of electricity directly to the insects’ brains and wing muscles. A wireless receiver, microcontroller, and six electrodes – collectively about the size ...

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The Bloodbot Project

The Bloodbot Project

Collaboration between the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College in London, and its Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory, has yielded the Bloodbot project, in which a robot has been designed to take blood samples from the ante-cubital fossa (ACF). Such ...

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Brain-Actuated Wheelchair

Researchers at the University of Zaragoza in Spain have developed a wheelchair capable of reacting to directional thoughts of its user. The chair uses a laser scanner to generate a three dimensional map of its surroundings. Users concentrate on one ...

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Electronics-Free Robots

Electronics-Free Robots

Researchers at the Shuji Hashimoto Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan have taken the first steps towards creating an electronics-free robot. They have developed a chemical gel capable of autonomous movements without any electrical inputs. Their robot combines polymers that change their ...

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Honda’s Stride Assist

Honda’s Stride Assist

Honda Motor Company, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan and its American branch recently exhibited prototypes of two assistive devices at the 2009 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit, Michigan. The two wearable devices – designed to help the elderly ...

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Robot Improves Partial Knee Replacements

MAKO Surgical Corporation of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has developed a new partial knee replacement system incorporating a robotic arm and 3D imaging, which the inventors say allows for finer control and faster patient recovery time. Incorporating the first robotic arm ...

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Swallow a Surgeon

Swallow a Surgeon

Scientists from the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zurich (IRIS) are developing tiny robot pills that will be swallowed and then perform surgical operations inside the body. These robot pills will be controlled from outside the body, ...

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Special Report: NASA Future Forum

Special Report: NASA Future Forum

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently held the sixth of seven planned Future Forums at the Museum of Science in Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The forum included presentations by NASA Deputy Administrator, Shana Dale, the head of Ares ...

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I-SWARM Robotic Ants to Explore Mars

I-SWARM Robotic Ants to Explore Mars

A team of European researchers lead by scientists at the Institute of Process Control and Robotics in Karlsruhe, Germary are developing automated ant-like robots capable of collectively acting in a large group to accomplish tasks beyond the capability of a ...

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