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Robot dogs join US Air Force for major exercise, could be ‘key to next-gen warfare’

September 20th, 2020 at 2:53 am » Comments Off

US Air Force exercised robot dogs last week The robot dogs — four-legged, headless, mechanical creatures — were made to exit an aircraft and look for signs of danger at Nellis Air Force Base in the US state of Nevada. New Delhi: In a bid to increase use of artificial intelligence in the military, the […]

New silicone 3D printing opens up applications for robotics, medicine, wearables

September 12th, 2020 at 12:41 am » Comments Off

The fabrication of soft devices is evolving further, with the completion of recent research performed by US scientists. With the results published in “3D printable tough silicone double networks,” the authors explain how soft materials can be fabricated with micron resolution for complex systems like robotics, as well as new types of wearables. Soft materials […]

This tiny robot tank could one day help doctors explore your intestine

September 11th, 2020 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

With a bulky, armored appearance, heavy duty treads for gripping, and a claw arm on the front, the Endoculus robot vehicle looks like it belongs on the battlefield. In fact, it’s just 3 cm wide, 2.3 cm tall, and designed for an entirely different kind of inhospitable environment: Your intestine. “[This] robotic capsule endoscope, Endoculus, […]

New autonomous sustainable robots could mine the deep sea

September 11th, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Pliant Energy Systems says its C-Ray robot could be used as a less invasive ocean mining tool. Mining companies are ready to tackle two new frontiers like never before: space and the deep sea. The deep ocean is a place that’s not only rich in sea life, vast swathes of it are also abundant in […]

Scientists create a robot made entirely of living cells

September 8th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

A Xenobot, 650-750 microns in diameter. The “legs” help it shuffle around in the petri dish.  ’Xenobots’ could be used to clean up microplastics or deliver medication in the body Scientists have unveiled the first ever “living robot,” an organism made up of living cells, which can move around, carry payloads, and even heal itself. […]

Are robots eating our jobs? Not according to AI

September 4th, 2020 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Automation has been gradually transforming the workplace for years (think Excel spreadsheets or chatbots). As artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and deep learning systems that can learn from each other become more prevalent and smarter (think Alexa or IBM Watson), they continue to replace more manual, repetitive job tasks. Consequently, automation and robots are changing […]

Army of a million microscopic robots created to explore on tiny scale

September 1st, 2020 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

Artist’s rendition of an array of microscopic robots  A troop of a million walking robots could enable scientific exploration at a microscopic level. Researchers have developed microscopic robots before, but they weren’t able to move by themselves, says Marc Miskin at the University of Pennsylvania. That is partly because of a lack of micrometre-scale actuators […]

RoBeetle is a tiny robot that uses methanol for fuel

August 27th, 2020 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

RoBeetle is a tiny robot that uses methanol for fuel One of the biggest challenges facing researchers who are working on small robots is how to power them. The problem is that most batteries add significantly to the weight and take up lots of space inside small robots, making them impractical. Scientists have come up […]

Japanese robot to clock in at a convenience store in test of retail automation

July 27th, 2020 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

TOKYO (Reuters) – In August, a robot vaguely resembling a kangaroo will begin stacking sandwiches, drinks and ready meals on shelves at a Japanese convenience store in a test its maker, Telexistence, hopes will help trigger a wave of retail automation. Following that trial, store operator FamilyMart says it plans to use robot workers at […]

Facebook built a new fiber-spinning robot to make internet service cheaper

July 22nd, 2020 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

  Facebook has designed a robot that can install fiber on traditional power lines, as shown in this rendering.  The robot’s code name is Bombyx, which is Latin for silkworm, and pilot tests with the machine begin next year. The robot rests delicately atop a power line, balanced high above the ground, almost as if […]

MIT-designed robot can disinfect a warehouse floor in 30 minutes — and could one day be employed in grocery stores and schools

July 13th, 2020 at 5:03 pm » Comments Off

This coronavirus-killing MIT robot could end up in your local supermarket (CNN)MIT has designed a robot that is capable of disinfecting the floor of a 4,000-square foot warehouse in only half an hour, and it could one day be used to clean your local grocery store or school. The university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence […]

Tiny weed-killing robots could make pesticides obsolete

July 12th, 2020 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

This swarm of robots may herald a chemical-free food revolution The fleet of Greenfield Robotics weedbots ready and waiting for beta test trials. Photos courtesy of Greenfield Robotics. Clint Brauer’s farm outside of Cheney, Kansas, could be described as Old MacDonald’s Farm plus robots. Along with 5,500 square feet of vegetable-growing greenhouses, classes teaching local […]

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