Autonomous

A Drone for Last-Centimeter Delivery

A Drone for Last-Centimeter Delivery

Sep 16, 2017 @ 15:53 | A new drone developed at EPFL uses cutting-edge technology to deliver parcels weighing up to 500 grams. The device will never get stuck in traffic, it’s programmed to avoid obstacles, and it can reach destinations on steep or uneven terrain. Its protective cage and foldable design mean that it […]

Sorting Molecules with DNA Robots

Sorting Molecules with DNA Robots

Sep 16, 2017 @ 15:36 | A DNA nanorobot is programmed to pick up and sort molecules into predefined regions. Imagine a robot that could help you tidy your home: roving about, sorting stray socks into the laundry and dirty dishes into the dishwasher. While such a practical helper may still be the stuff of […]

Teachable,Autonomous Phenotyping Robot Introduced to Investors, Market

Teachable,Autonomous Phenotyping Robot Introduced to Investors, Market

Sep 16, 2017 @ 15:24  Investors and executives in the agricultural industry are getting a first look at TerraSentia, a new-to-the-market agricultural robot that autonomously measures crop traits, developed at the University of Illinois. TerraSentia is being unveiled on Sept. 11 to 13 at the Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis, bringing agricultural innovators together […]

3D Lidar Sensor Enabling 3D Detection of Distances With Wide Angle of View

3D Lidar Sensor Enabling 3D Detection of Distances With Wide Angle of View

Sep 16, 2017 @ 15:12 | Panasonic’s new 3D LiDAR enables variable detection settings for viewing angles and scanning speed. This new product contributes to the wide-spread use of autonomous robots that navigate inside or outside facilities with moving objects, including people. Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed a 3D LiDAR [1] sensor […]

New Robot Rolls with the Rules of Pedestrian Conduct

New Robot Rolls with the Rules of Pedestrian Conduct

By Jennifer Chu | Sep 1, 2017 @ 13:11 | MIT News| Approach may enable robots to move around hospitals, malls, and other areas with heavy foot traffic. Just as drivers observe the rules of the road, most pedestrians follow certain social codes when navigating a hallway or a crowded thoroughfare: Keep to the right, pass […]

‘Seeing’ Robot Learns Tricky Technique for Studying Brain Cells in Mammals

‘Seeing’ Robot Learns Tricky Technique for Studying Brain Cells in Mammals

By Caroline Brogan | Sep 1, 2017 @ 12:50| Imperial scientists have successfully taught robots to perform a challenging brain technique only previously mastered by a handful of humans. Whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, or whole-cell recording (WCR), is the gold-standard technique for studying the behaviour of brain cells called neurons under different brain states such as […]

Origami-Inspired Robot

Origami-Inspired Robot

Aug 26, 2017 @ 16:26 | New research from a team of MechSE professors and students, published as an invited paper in Smart Materials and Structures, details how origami structures and bio-inspired design can be used to create a crawling robot. Assistant professors Aimy Wissa and Sameh Tawfick, along with graduate student Alexander Pagano and […]

Drones Relay RFID Signals for Inventory Control

Drones Relay RFID Signals for Inventory Control

By Larry Hardesty | Aug 26, 2017 @ 15:48 | MIT News | MIT researchers have developed a system that could save retailers billions lost through faulty inventory records. Radio frequency ID tags were supposed to revolutionize supply chain management. The dirt-cheap, battery-free tags, which receive power wirelessly from scanners and then broadcast identifying numbers, enable warehouse managers […]