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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 […]

AWI’s Underwater Robot Tramper Successfully Recovered

AWI’s Underwater Robot Tramper Successfully Recovered

Sep 8, 2017 @ 13:03  | Deep-sea researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) recovered the underwater robot Tramper, which had been taking measurements at a depth of 2435 metres for nearly 60 weeks – the first long-term mission involving a crawler under the Arctic sea ice. For […]

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, […]

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 […]

Drone Tech Offers New Ways to Manage Climate Change

Drone Tech Offers New Ways to Manage Climate Change

ByJennifer Savran Kelly | Aug 9, 2017 @ 19:00 | An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Cornell researchers are using drone technology to more accurately measure surface reflectivity on the landscape, a technological advance that could offer a new way to manage […]

Dragonfly Brains Predict the Path of Their Prey

Dragonfly Brains Predict the Path of Their Prey

Jul 26, 2017 @ 05:30 | New research from Australia and Sweden has shown how a dragonfly’s brain anticipates the movement of its prey, enabling it to hunt successfully. This knowledge could lead to innovations in fields such as robot vision. An article published today in the journal eLife by researchers at the University of […]

Climbing Stairs Just Got Easier with Energy-Recycling Steps

Climbing Stairs Just Got Easier with Energy-Recycling Steps

By Jason Maderer  | Jul 21, 2017 @ 12:09 | Device is easier on knees and ankles than conventional stairs. Researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have created a device that makes walking up and down stairs easier. They’ve built energy-recycling stairs that store a user’s energy during descent and return energy to the user […]

Researchers Pair Robotics And Information Theory to Better Understand Predator and Prey Relationships

Researchers Pair Robotics And Information Theory to Better Understand Predator and Prey Relationships

Jul 20, 2017 @ 06:40 | With help from robotic fish, researchers at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering are demonstrating how information theory can offer insight into the cause-and-effect relationships between predator and prey in the animal kingdom. Reaearcher have found this method to hold great promise for advancing our understanding of animal […]