Robotics

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 […]

Nasa’s Robotic ‘Sniffer’ Confirms Space Station Leak, Repair

Nasa’s Robotic ‘Sniffer’ Confirms Space Station Leak, Repair

By Peter Sooy | Sep 16, 2017 @ 14:47 | In recent operations on the International Space Station, robotic operators were twice able to test and confirm the ability of the Robotic External Leak Locator (RELL) to “smell” in space.  Using the RELL instruments, operators successfully located a small leak from the station’s ammonia coolant loop, and […]

Artificial ‘Skin’ Gives Robotic Hand a Sense of Touch

Artificial ‘Skin’ Gives Robotic Hand a Sense of Touch

By Jeannie Kever | Sep 16, 2017 @ 14:25| A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices. The […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]