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Self-Folding Electronics Could Enable Advanced Robotics

Self-Folding Electronics Could Enable Advanced Robotics

By Larry Hardesty | Sep 16, 2017 @ 14:13 | MIT News | Expanding polymer enables self-folding without heating or immersion in water. As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes when heated or immersed in water. In […]

Robot Learns to Follow Orders like Alexa

Robot Learns to Follow Orders like Alexa

 By Adam Conner-Simons | Rachel Gordon| Sep 1, 2017 @ 13:25  | CSAIL/ MIT News|  ComText, from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, allows robots to understand contextual commands. Despite what you might see in movies, today’s robots are still very limited in what they can do. They can be great for many repetitive tasks, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Custom Robots In A Matter Of Minutes

Custom Robots In A Matter Of Minutes

By Adam Conner-Simons | Rachel Gordon |  Aug 23, 2017 @ 17:46 | CSAIL / MIT News | CSAIL’s “Interactive Robogami” lets you design and 3-D print origami-inspired custom robots from 2-D designs. Even as robots become increasingly common, they remain incredibly difficult to make. From designing and modeling to fabricating and testing, the process is […]

Startup Soars with Flybrix LEGO Drone

Startup Soars with Flybrix LEGO Drone

By Kate Repantis | Aug 6, 2017 @ 08:35 | MIT Alumni Association | Co-founded by Amir Hirsch ’06, SM ’07, Flybrix LEGO drones offers people of all ages the ability to fly their ideas. Like many kids, Amir Hirsch ’06, SM ’07 grew up playing with LEGOs. But unlike many adults, is still playing with […]

Hybrid Drones Carry Heavier Payloads for Greater Distances

Hybrid Drones Carry Heavier Payloads for Greater Distances

By Rob Matheson | Aug 6, 2017 @ 08:26 | MIT News | Startup’s gas-electric engines may pave way for package delivery and human flight. New hybrid gas-to-electric drones from MIT spinout Top Flight Technologies offer an order-of-magnitude increase in range, payload size, and power over battery-powered counterparts MIT alumnus Long Phan SM ’99, PhD ’12 is […]