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Navigating navigating land and water
Centipedes not only walk on land but also swim in water. (2019-12-09)
Liquid crystal polymer learns to move and grab objects
A specially conditioned liquid crystal polymer could be controlled with the power of light alone, with new potential applications in soft robotics. (2019-12-04)
Satellite broken? Smart satellites to the rescue
The University of Cincinnati is developing robotic networks that can work independently but collaboratively on a common task. (2019-11-26)
NUS researchers create new metallic material for flexible soft robots
A team from NUS has created a material that is half as light as paper and highly flexible but also shows enhanced characteristics for electrical conductivity, heat generation, fire-resistance, strain-sensing and is inherently capable of wireless communications. (2019-11-24)
New machine learning algorithms offer safety and fairness guarantees
Writing in Science, Thomas and his colleagues Yuriy Brun, Andrew Barto and graduate student Stephen Giguere at UMass Amherst, Bruno Castro da Silva at the Federal University of Rio Grande del Sol, Brazil, and Emma Brunskill at Stanford University this week introduce a new framework for designing machine learning algorithms that make it easier for users of the algorithm to specify safety and fairness constraints. (2019-11-21)
How to design and control robots with stretchy, flexible bodies
MIT researchers have invented a way to efficiently optimize the control and design of soft robots for target tasks, which has traditionally been a monumental undertaking in computation. (2019-11-21)
Scientists help soldiers figure out what robots know
An Army-led research team developed new algorithms and filled in knowledge gaps about how robots contribute to teams and what robots know about their environment and teammates. (2019-11-21)
Soft skin-like robots you can put in your pocket
Stretchable skin-like robots that can be rolled up and put in your pocket have been developed by a University of Bristol team using a new way of embedding artificial muscles and electrical adhesion into soft materials. (2019-11-20)
Trash talk hurts, even when it comes from a robot
Trash talking has a long and colorful history of flustering game opponents, and now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated that discouraging words can be perturbing even when uttered by a robot. (2019-11-19)
Multimaterial 3D printing manufactures complex objects, fast
3D printing is super cool, but it's also super slow -- it would take 115 days to print a detailed, multimaterial object about the size of a grapefruit. (2019-11-13)
New SLAS Technology auto-commentary released
November's SLAS Technology Auto-Commentary, ''On the Way to Efficient Analytical Measurements: The Future of Robot-Based Measurements,'' highlights potentially suitable replacement measurement systems and processes as outlined in the book, Automation Solutions for Analytical Measurements: Concepts and Applications. (2019-11-12)
A 'worker' that flies: Chinese researchers design novel flying robot
Recently, Chinese researchers at the Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported the development of a contact aerial manipulator system that shows high flexibility and strong mission adaptability. (2019-11-08)
Flexible yet sturdy robot is designed to 'grow' like a plant
MIT engineers have developed a robot designed to extend a chain-like appendage flexible enough to twist and turn in any necessary configuration, yet rigid enough to support heavy loads or apply torque to assemble parts in tight spaces. (2019-11-07)
Showing robots 'tough love' helps them succeed, finds new USC study
According to a new study by USC computer scientists, to help a robot succeed, you might need to show it some tough love. (2019-11-06)
Scientists should have sex and gender on the brain
Thinking about sex and gender would help scientists improve their research, a new article published today argues. (2019-11-06)
Learning from mistakes and transferable skills -- the attributes for a worker robot
Practice makes perfect -- it is an adage that has helped humans become highly dexterous and now it is an approach that is being applied to robots. (2019-11-04)
RoboBee powered by soft muscles
Harvard researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can crash into walls, fall onto the floor, and collide with other RoboBees without being damaged. (2019-11-04)
Technique helps robots find the front door
MIT engineers have developed a navigation method that doesn't require mapping an area in advance. (2019-11-04)
Microrobots clean up radioactive waste (video)
According to some experts, nuclear power holds great promise for meeting the world's growing energy demands without generating greenhouse gases. (2019-10-30)
Human reflexes keep two-legged robot upright
Imagine being trapped inside a collapsed building after a disaster, wondering if anybody will be brave enough to rescue you. (2019-10-30)
Chameleon's tongue strike inspires fast-acting robots
Purdue University researchers were inspired by a chameleon's tongue to create soft robots able to quickly catch a live flying beetle. (2019-10-29)
Enabling autonomous vehicles to see around corners
To improve the safety of autonomous systems, MIT engineers have developed a system that can sense tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there's a moving object coming around the corner. (2019-10-28)
Microscale rockets can travel through cellular landscapes with precision
A new study shows how micro-scale 'rockets,' powered by acoustic waves and an on-board bubble motor, can be maneuvered through 3D landscapes of cells and particles using magnets. (2019-10-25)
Robots can learn how to support teachers in class sessions
New research conducted at the University of Plymouth shows that a robot can be programmed to progressively learn autonomous behaviour from human demonstrations and guidance. (2019-10-23)
Pushy robots learn the fundamentals of object manipulation
MIT researchers have compiled a dataset that captures the detailed behavior of a robotic system physically pushing hundreds of different objects. (2019-10-22)
A technology to transform 2D planes into 3D soft and flexible structures
DGIST Professor Sohee Kim's Team developed a technology to produce 3D soft and flexible devices by blowing balloons made of polymeric thin films. (2019-10-21)
Giving robots a faster grasp
MIT engineers have found a way to significantly speed up the planning process required for a robot to adjust its grasp on an object by pushing that object against a stationary surface. (2019-10-17)
Darn you, R2! When can we blame robots?
A recent study finds that people are likely to blame robots for workplace accidents, but only if they believe the robots are autonomous. (2019-10-17)
Do we trust artificial intelligence agents to mediate conflict? Not entirely
We may listen to facts from Siri or Alexa, or directions from Google Maps or Waze, but would we let a virtual agent enabled by artificial intelligence help mediate conflict among team members? (2019-10-16)
Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces
Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements. (2019-10-16)
These new soft actuators could make soft robots less bulky
Engineers at the University of California have developed a way to build soft robots that are compact, portable and multifunctional. (2019-10-11)
Biologically-inspired skin improves robots' sensory abilities
Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings - a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. (2019-10-10)
Deep3DFly: the deep-learning way to design fly-like robots
EPFL scientists have developed a deep-learning based motion-capture software that uses multiple camera views to model the movements of a fly in three dimensions. (2019-10-09)
Army bio-inspired theoretical research may make robots more effective on the future battlefield
In an effort to make robots more effective and versatile teammates for Soldiers in combat, Army researchers are on a mission to understand the value of the molecular living functionality of muscle, and the fundamental mechanics that would need to be replicated in order to artificially achieve the capabilities arising from the proteins responsible for muscle contraction. (2019-10-09)
Soft robot programmed to move like an inchworm
University of Toronto Engineering researchers have created a miniature robot that can crawl with inchworm-like motion. (2019-10-07)
Squid-inspired robots might have environmental, propulsion applications
Inspired by cephalopods, scientists developed an aquatic robot that mimics their form of propulsion. (2019-10-01)
Mosquito eye inspires artificial compound lens (video)
Anyone who's tried to swat a pesky mosquito knows how quickly the insects can evade a hand or fly swatter. (2019-09-25)
When it comes to robots, reliability may matter more than reasoning
What does it take for a human to trust a robot? (2019-09-23)
Evolution of learning is key to better artificial intelligence
Researchers at Michigan State University say that true, human-level intelligence remains a long way off, but their new paper published in The American Naturalist explores how computers could begin to evolve learning in the same way as natural organisms did -- with implications for many fields, including artificial intelligence. (2019-09-20)
Inequality: What we've learned from the 'Robots of the late Neolithic'
Seven thousand years ago, societies across Eurasia began to show signs of lasting divisions between haves and have-nots. (2019-09-18)
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