Texas A&M is Solving SLAM Problem for Robot Astronaut

Texas A&M is Solving SLAM Problem for Robot Astronaut

Mar 23, 2017 @ 20:24 | By Rachel Rose, Texas A&M University College of Engineering | Due to the lack of GPS signals, the current Robot Astronaut (Robonaut) prototype cannot localize itself in the International Space Station (ISS). In order to remain safe, robots are commonly used to reach what human hands cannot. Often a robot […]

New Research Improves the Understating of Gait Transition in Quadruped Robots

New Research Improves the Understating of Gait Transition in Quadruped Robots

Mar 23, 2017 @ 19:11 |  Quadrupeds, or four-legged animals, have different locomotive patterns depending upon the speed, e.g. walking, trotting, and galloping.Through this study, the researchers successfully demonstrated the reproduction of the quadruped gait transition phenomena. To save the body energy, Quadrupeds change locomotive patterns. For slow speed, walk gait; for medium speed, trot gait […]

Robotics kit for Students to Automate Biology Experiments

Robotics kit for Students to Automate Biology Experiments

Mar 22, 2017 @ 19:55 | By Andrew Myers Modern biology labs often use robotic assemblies to drop precise amounts of fluids into experimental containers. Now students and teachers can create inexpensive automated systems to do this in clubs or classrooms. Elementary and secondary school students who later want to become scientists and engineers often get […]

PUFFER: NASA’s New Foldable Child Rover

PUFFER: NASA’s New Foldable Child Rover

Mar 21, 2017 @ 21:10 |  PUFFER is a “pop-up” robot that folds into a small, smartphone-sized weight and crawls into narrow places where rovers can’t fit. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California has developed Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER), inspired by origami. The PUFFER is a project, sponsored by Game Changing Development (GCD) program, […]

Brain-Controlled Robots

Brain-Controlled Robots

Mar 6, 2017 @ 20:47 | Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL | MIT News CSAIL system enables people to correct robot mistakes using brain signals. For robots to do what we want, they need to understand us. Too often, this means having to meet them halfway: teaching them the intricacies of human language, for example, or giving them […]

Legged Robots are Far Superior to Wheels and Tracks When Venturing Outdoors

Legged Robots are Far Superior to Wheels and Tracks When Venturing Outdoors

Mar 6, 2017 @ 20:00 |  The Legged robots are far superior to wheeled and tracked autonomous vehicles in real-world field applications but at cost of motion controlling complexity. Ghost Robotics, a leader in fast and lightweight direct-drive (gearless) legged robots, announced that its patent-pending Ghost Minitaur™ has been updated with advanced reactive behaviors for […]

Transparent, gel-based robots can catch and release live fish

Transparent, gel-based robots can catch and release live fish

Feb 2, 2017 @ 05:25 | By Jennifer Chu |  MIT News Made from hydrogel, gel-based robots may one day assist in surgical operations, evade underwater detection. Engineers at MIT have fabricated transparent, gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out of them. The bots can perform a number of fast, forceful tasks, including kicking […]

2016 Breaks Records for North American Robot Orders and Shipments

2016 Breaks Records for North American Robot Orders and Shipments

Jan 31, 2017 @ 18:55 Robot Orders surged 61 percent in assembly applications while food & consumer goods orders increased 32 percent. The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the leading advocate in North America for safety and innovation in robotics, announced today that in 2016 the North American robotics market broke all-time records for orders and […]