Robotics

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 […]

Future Cyber-Farms to Utilise Drones, Robots and Sensors

Future Cyber-Farms to Utilise Drones, Robots and Sensors

Aug 26, 2017 @ 16:07 | Bee-based maths is helping teach swarms of drones to find weeds, while robotic mowers keep hedgerows in shape. ‘We observe the behaviour of bees. We gain knowledge of how the bees solve problems and with this we obtain rules of interaction that can be adapted to tell us how […]

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 […]

Smarter Robot Vacuum Cleaners for Automated Office Cleaning

Smarter Robot Vacuum Cleaners for Automated Office Cleaning

Aug 16, 2017 @ 08:22 | Intelligent IoT cleaning concept for smart offices Can you really use Outlook to make sure your office floor gets vacuumed? Absolutely! Fraunhofer IAO is currently developing an intelligent cleaning concept for smart offices. A robot vacuum cleaner automatically takes care of upcoming cleaning jobs that have been scheduled in […]

A Wheeled VineRobot to Monitor Grape Growth

A Wheeled VineRobot to Monitor Grape Growth

Aug 10, 2017 @ 18:15 | Just like great wine needs time, great grapes require continuous attention and reliable assessment tools. Noting the absence of a convincing alternative to manual sampling and analysis, an EU-funded consortium has developed VineRobot, an ‘Unmanned ground vehicle’ (UGV) equipped with non-invasive sensor technology. Today, assessing the readiness of vine […]

Root Robotics, an Educational Startup to Get Anyone Coding

Root Robotics, an Educational Startup to Get Anyone Coding

By Benjamin Boettner | Aug 9, 2017 @ 18:44 |  The new company will commercialize Root ⎯ an interactive robot that introduces coding to children and provides a path for continuous engagement to career-based coding languages. The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that its educational robot, Root, will be commercialized […]

Human versus Robots in the Discovery and Crystallization of Gigantic

Human versus Robots in the Discovery and Crystallization of Gigantic

Aug 6, 2017 @ 08:52 | Who is the better experimentalist, a human or a robot? When it comes to exploring synthetic and crystallization conditions for inorganic gigantic molecules, actively learning machines are clearly ahead, as demonstrated by British Scientists in an experiment with polyoxometalates published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Polyoxometalates form through self-assembly […]