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Multi-Functional Robots may be Possible With New Composite Thread

Multi-Functional Robots may be Possible With New Composite Thread

Nov 2, 2016 @ 20:51 | By Hillary Sanctuary  EPFL scientists have developed a new type of composite thread that varies in stiffness depending on its temperature. Applications range from multi-functional robots to knitted casts, and even tunable medical devices. A new type of thread has been developed at EPFL that varies in stiffness depending on its […]

Soft Robots That Mimic Human Muscles

Soft Robots That Mimic Human Muscles

Oct 12, 2016 @ 20:27 | By Laure-Anne Pessina An EPFL team is developing soft, flexible and reconfigurable robots. Air-actuated, they behave like human muscles and may be used in physical rehabilitation. They are made of low-cost materials and could easily be produced on a large scale. Robots are usually expected to be rigid, fast and […]

A Drone that can Avoid Obstacles like an Insect

A Drone that can Avoid Obstacles like an Insect

Jul 16, 2016 @ 03:02 | EPFL | EPLF Physics student Darius Merk has used an insect-inspired algorithm to develop a drone that can navigate around obstacles. His research could prove particularly useful in a natural disaster. How do you send a drone on a reconnaissance mission in a hard-to-reach area without it getting stuck in […]

Pleurobot:  Improved Version Mimics Salamanders Motion More Accurately

Pleurobot:  Improved Version Mimics Salamanders Motion More Accurately

Jun 29, 2016 @ 17:56 | EPFL |  Bio-Inspired researchers are continuously investigating different types of animal locomotion and trying to make such robots that can exactly mimic the natural motions. MIT Cheetah, CMU Snake, UCB Cockroach, Boston Dynamics Dog, Harvard RoboBees, Sydney University CROC and Greogre Washigton University Sea lion inspired robot are some […]

An Agricultural Drone for Monitoring Crops

An Agricultural Drone for Monitoring Crops

May 23, 2016 @ 20:16 |  Small drones are literally changing the way that humans look at the world, agriculture is predicted to be one of the major industries to incorporate drones and with agricultural drone a farmer can monitor crops growth and spot problems early and rapidly. Gamaya, an EPFL spin-off, has developed an automatic, […]

Robogamis : A 4 gram Folding, Reconfigurable Robot that Crawls and Jumps

Robogamis : A 4 gram Folding, Reconfigurable Robot that Crawls and Jumps

01 October 2015 | Researchers at EPFL have come up with a folding, reconfigurable robot that is capable of crawling and jumping. Modelled on the inchworm, it represents a new paradigm in robotics. The word robot generally conjures up images of a rigid structure and electronic motors. In Jamie Paik’s Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory, however, the […]

Brain-Machine Interface: You can remotely control Robot with your thoughts

Brain-Machine Interface: You can remotely control Robot with your thoughts

For someone suffering from paralysis or limited mobility, visiting with other people is extremely difficult. A team of researchers at the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI), EPFL, Switzerland, headed by José del R. Millán are working on idea to remotely control a robot with one’s thoughts. The research, involving numerous subjects located in […]