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Controlling artificial cilia with magnetic fields and light
Researchers have made artificial cilia, or hair-like structures, that can bend into new shapes in response to a magnetic field, then return to their original shape when exposed to the proper light source. (2020-05-26)
Observations of robotic swarm behavior can help workers safely navigate disaster sites
Using biologically inspired robotic swarms consisting of large groups of robots that have been programmed to operate cooperatively, much like individuals in an ant or bee colony, scientists from the University of Colorado demonstrate that the locally observed distribution of robots can be correlated to the location of environmental features, such as exits in office-like environments. (2020-05-25)
Next generation of soft robots inspired by a children's toy
Buckling, the sudden loss of structural stability, is usually the stuff of engineering nightmares. (2020-05-20)
New rare disease with own facial features, cardiac defects and developmental delay
An international multicentre study describes a rare disease characterized by a series of recognizable facial features, cardiac defects and intellectual disability, which they propose to name as TRAF7 syndrome -according to the name of the gen that causes this pathology. (2020-05-19)
Engineers develop low-cost, high-accuracy GPS-like system for flexible medical robots
Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body. (2020-05-18)
Comedy club performances provide insights on how robots, humans connect via humor
A robot comic is more funny when it has good timing. (2020-05-18)
A soft touch for robotic hardware
Robots can be made from soft materials, but the flexibility of such robots is limited by the inclusion of rigid sensors necessary for their control. (2020-05-15)
Clever new robot rover design conquers sand traps
Built with wheeled appendages that can be lifted, a new robot developed at Georgia Tech with US Army funding has complex locomotion techniques robust enough to allow it to climb sand covered hills and avoid getting stuck. (2020-05-14)
Inspired by cheetahs, researchers build fastest soft robots yet
Inspired by the biomechanics of cheetahs, researchers have developed a new type of soft robot that is capable of moving more quickly on solid surfaces or in the water than previous generations of soft robots. (2020-05-08)
Robots help some firms, even while workers across industries struggle
A new study co-authored by an MIT professor reveals an important pattern: Firms that move quickly to use robots tend to add workers to their payroll, while industry job losses are more concentrated in firms that make this change more slowly. (2020-05-05)
Liquid metal research invokes 'Terminator' film -- but much friendlier
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed 'the first liquid metal lattice in the world.' The team has created a series of prototypes that return to their shapes when crushed. (2020-05-05)
People think robots are pretty incompetent and not funny, new study says
Detecting gender bias against robots was the original intent of a study that revealed two surprises: The gender bias didn't appear. (2020-05-05)
Robot vacuum cleaner conveys seven dwarf personalities by movement alone
Researchers used a vacuum cleaner and the personalities of three of the Seven Dwarfs from Snow White to demonstrate that people can correctly infer a robot's personality solely by how it moves. (2020-05-04)
How many jobs do robots really replace?
MIT economist Daron Acemoglu's new research puts a number on the job costs of automation. (2020-05-04)
Texas A&M researchers help give robotic arms a steady hand for surgeries
Steady hands and uninterrupted, sharp vision are critical when performing surgery on delicate structures like the brain or hair-thin blood vessels. (2020-04-29)
Biorobotics is the future of fish farming
Several hundred thousand salmon swim closely together in fish farms. (2020-04-16)
Trust in humans and robots: Economically similar but emotionally different
In research published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, scientists explore whether people trust robots as they do fellow humans. (2020-04-16)
Thanks to 'flexoskeletons,' these insect-inspired robots are faster and cheaper to make
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new method that doesn't require any special equipment and works in just minutes to create soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. (2020-04-08)
Robo-turtles in fish farms reduce fish stress
Robotic turtles used for salmon farm surveillance could help prevent fish escapes. (2020-04-02)
COVID-19 should be wake-up call for robotics research
Robots could perform some of the 'dull, dirty and dangerous' jobs associated with combating the COVID-19 pandemic, but that would require many new capabilities not currently being funded or developed, an editorial in the journal Science Robotics argues. (2020-03-25)
Stanford engineers create shape-changing, free-roaming soft robot
A new type of robot combines traditional and soft robotics, making it safe but sturdy. (2020-03-18)
Soft robot, unplugged
It's balloon art on steroids: a pneumatic, shape-changing soft robot capable of navigating its environment without requiring a tether to a stationary power source. (2020-03-18)
Robots popular with older adults
A new study by psychologists from the University of Jena (Germany) does not confirm that robot skepticism among elder people is often suspected in science. (2020-03-12)
Showing robots how to do your chores
By observing humans, robots learn to perform complex tasks, such as setting a table. (2020-03-06)
Novel use of robotics for neuroendovascular procedures
The advanced technology has the potential to change acute stroke treatment. (2020-03-02)
Socially assistive robot helps children with autism learn
Researchers at USC's Department of Computer Science have developed personalized learning robots for children with autism. (2020-02-27)
The tentacle 'bot
Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Beihang University have developed an octopus-inspired soft robotic arm that can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects. (2020-02-27)
A tactile robot finger with no blind spots
Researchers at Columbia Engineering announced today that they have introduced a new type of robotic finger with a sense of touch. (2020-02-26)
Soft robot fingers gently grasp deep-sea jellyfish
Marine biologists have adopted ''soft robotic linguine fingers'' as tools to conduct their undersea research. (2020-02-24)
Swarming robots avoid collisions, traffic jams
Researchers have developed the first decentralized algorithm with a collision-free, deadlock-free guarantee and validated it on a swarm of 100 autonomous robots in the lab. (2020-02-24)
Surgeons successfully treat brain aneurysms using a robot
A robot was used to treat brain aneurysms for the first time. (2020-02-21)
Tumor blood vessel detection by a gripping force feedback system
Avoiding unnecessary bleeding during neuroendoscopic surgeries is crucial. When blood vessel location in a tumor cannot be visually confirmed, unintentional damage to the vessel and subsequent bleeding may occur. (2020-02-19)
Getting a grip: An innovative mechanical controller design for robot-assisted surgery
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology designed a new type of controller for the robotic arm used in robotic surgery. (2020-02-18)
Slithering snakes on a 2D plane
Snakes live in diverse environments ranging from unbearably hot deserts to lush tropical forests, where they slither up trees, rocks and shrubbery every day. (2020-02-18)
First Swedish transplant of uterus from deceased donor
The Swedish team responsible for uterine transplantation research has, for the first time, transplanted a uterus from a deceased donor. (2020-02-17)
Are robots designed to include the LGBTQ+ community?
Robot technology is flourishing in multiple sectors of society, including the retail, health care, industry and education sectors. (2020-02-12)
Most men do not regret their choices for prostate cancer surgery
Men with localized prostate cancer are faced with deciding among a range of options for treatment - including a choice between robot-assisted versus conventional prostatectomy. (2020-02-10)
New robot does superior job sampling blood
In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike. (2020-02-06)
Robot sweat regulates temperature, key for extreme conditions
Just when it seemed like robots couldn't get any cooler, Cornell University researchers have created a soft robot muscle that can regulate its temperature through sweating. (2020-01-29)
Spider-Man-style robotic graspers defy gravity
Traditional methods of vacuum suction and previous vacuum suction devices cannot maintain suction on rough surfaces due to vacuum leakage, which leads to suction failure. (2020-01-17)
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