Robotics

Space Robot Technology can Help Autonomous Vehicles Here at Home

Space Robot Technology can Help Autonomous Vehicles Here at Home

​By Sarah Derouin | Jul 21, 2017 @ 12:50 | Space robots traveling through space, hauling debris, and exploring distant asteroids, may hold the key to problems facing drones and autonomous cars on Earth. The key to making fleets of self-driving cars and grocery delivery by drones might be found in an unlikely source: autonomous space […]

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 […]

Stanford Researchers Develop a New Type of Soft, Growing Robot

Stanford Researchers Develop a New Type of Soft, Growing Robot

By Taylor Kubota | Jul 21, 2017 @ 08:41 | A newly developed vine-like growing robot can across long distances without moving its whole body. It could prove useful in search and rescue operations and medical applications. Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by […]

Rovers  Drive Through Tenerife Darkness

Rovers  Drive Through Tenerife Darkness

Jul 21, 2017 @ 05:54 | A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis. A team from ESA’s Planetary Robotics Laboratory, with a vehicle called the Heavy Duty Planetary Rover (HDPR), joined engineers from […]

New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous Underwater Vehicles’ Energy Efficiency

New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous Underwater Vehicles’ Energy Efficiency

Jul 21, 2017 @ 05:29 | Robotics researchers have found a way for autonomous underwater vehicles to navigate strong currents with greater energy efficiency, which means the AUVs can gather data longer and better. AUVs such as underwater gliders are valuable research tools limited primarily by their energy budget – every bit of battery power […]

No Battery, No Wire, No Problem

No Battery, No Wire, No Problem

By Lindsay Brownell | Jul 20, 2017 @ 06:55 |  Wireless magnetic fields and actuator “muscles” allow folding robots to move without batteries The traditional Japanese art of origami transforms a simple sheet of paper into complex, three-dimensional shapes through a very specific pattern of folds, creases, and crimps. Folding robots based on that principle have […]

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 […]

New Robotic Lab Tracking Toxicity of Lake Erie Algal Bloom

New Robotic Lab Tracking Toxicity of Lake Erie Algal Bloom

Jul 20, 2017 @ 06:13 | A new research tool to safeguard drinking water is now keeping a watchful eye on Lake Erie. This week, a robotic lake-bottom laboratory began tracking the levels of dangerous toxins produced by cyanobacteria that bloom each summer in the lake’s western basin. The goal is to provide advance warning to […]