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After a few years of testing, French company Stanley Robotics will push out its self-driving robot valets and put them to use at France's Lyon-Saint-Exupery airport later this week. It only costs $61 to park for a week in the cheapest parking lot (farthest from terminals) or $63 to park in the same lot where Stanley Robotics provides its services. This is much cheaper than having a human park the car for you - priced at $117.   The robot valet lifts the car up using a forklift-like arm ...
The Hayabusa2 was originally supposed to make contact back in October (Image credit: JAXA)   Last month, Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 landed on asteroid Ryugu to collect samples for scientists to study back home – only the second time this has been pulled off. Recently, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has shared a video of the brief moment taken by its small on board camera. It shows the moment when the spacecraft fired a bullet into Ryugu’s surface to kick up du ...
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly works outside of the ISS during a spacewalk in 2015 (Photo from NASA/Getty Images)   NASA is about to make history. The agency is set to hold its first ever all-female spacewalk at the end of this month. American astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will head outside the International Space Station on March 29 as part of the Expedition 59 crew at the International Space Station (ISS). They’ll be supported on the ground by flight director Mary Lawrence ...
Researchers at The University of Cambridge have created a cost-effective testbed for cooperative driving experiments. (Photo via University of Cambridge)   If anything, this would make for a fun toy. Get kids to run your research testing. Hmmmmm....   Recently, a team of researchers at The University of Cambridge created a unique experimental testbed that’s ideal for experiments involving cooperative driving. Consisting of 16 miniature Ackermann-steering vehicles called Cambrid ...
MIT's latest robot can do backflips, walk and trot on uneven ground. It’s rivaling Boston Dynamic’s bots. The mini cheetah can even be programmed to perform certain tasks when it dealt with unexpected force or kicked to the ground. Researchers say this is only a research project, so it's not likely to go on sale anytime soon or ever, if at all.   The cheetah bot can do backflips, trot on uneven terrain and even can be programmed to recover from shut down. (Image Credit: MIT) ...
Festo's BionicSoftHand is the latest robotic hand attempting to immitate the way a human hand works. Using artificial intelligence, the hand is able to use its fingers to work out how to manipulate an object by gripping and moving it around.   The BionicSoftHand relaxing an object on its hand before manipulating it through movements. (Image Credit: Festo) The robotic hand learns through positive reinforcement and instead of imitating a specified action, the hand is given a goal. All ...
(Image Credit: China National Space Administration/Xinhua News Agency/AP)   It didn’t last long. Bitter cold and a long night ended the plant’s growth. Day and night cycles on the moon are around two weeks long each. The plant sprouted and grew for almost two weeks. In the “nighttime” the temperatures are down to -170 degrees C. On the positive side, 120 degrees C, in the “daytime.” That’s too bad. It’s a shame they didn’t try to contin ...
Agility Robotics has unveiled a new robotic model called "Digit." The company's robot is the first one to have four-degree-of-freedom arms that can be used for balance, pushing doors and lifting up boxes that weigh 40 pounds. The design is also sleeker than other humanoid bots. The pricing for Digit will be released in mid-2019 and deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2020.   Agility Robotics’ new robot model could help deliver packages in the future. (Image Credit: Agili ...
Hololens and Kinect from Microsoft , I always thought, had a huge potential for development. Before I even get my hands on either, they’ve been updated!   Microsoft's unveiling of the HoloLens2 headset promises to be the next big release and the excitement level is surreal. The company hopes the device will change the way work gets done - making it more comfortable to wear, immersive than the original HoloLens and provide industry-leading value out of the box. The headset will be ava ...
A harpoon meant to collect space debris has been tested in space for the first time as part of the space debris removal mission called RemoveDEBRIS. The titanium harpoon developed by Airbus engineers in the U.K. hit the satellite panel target at a speed of 20 meters per second. The harpoon captured the target from orbit and brought it into the spacecraft. It has the potential to gather more space junk just outside the Earth's atmosphere, reducing the threat it may pose to orbiting satellites. To ...
Opportunity was designed to run for 90 days, and travel up to 1,100 yards before ending its exploration mission. Instead, the robot endured for nearly 15 years and traveled more than 28-miles before reaching its resting spot on Perseverance Valley. (Image credit: ???)   On July 7, 2003, NASA launched the Opportunity rover to explore the planet Mars. Over six months later, it touched down on Meridiani Planum- a plain located 20 south of the planet’s equator where it began taking photo ...
The new 3D printing technique uses gelatinous resin to create models. (Image Credit: UC Berkeley) Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley have revealed the Replicator. A 3D printer that uses light from a digital video projector to build a solid object using a gelatinous solution.  The name is inspired by the Star Trek series - more specifically after a device that produces objects out of nowhere. The technology isn't that advanced, but it is a step in the right direction ...
The arms were inspired by Tony Stark's Iron Man suit. David Aguilar and his four robotic arms made of Lego pieces. (Image Credit: Reuters/Albert Gea)   David Aguilar has built a robotic prosthetic arm (named after Iron Man's suit) for himself made of LEGO Brick pieces. He has been suffering from a rare genetic condition where he was born without a right forearm.  The 19-year old bioengineering student at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Spain has already built four of th ...
Self-aware robots may seem like something you'd expect out of a science fiction film, but that seems more likely to become reality. Engineering researchers from Columbia have made stellar progress in robotics by creating a robot with self-awareness. Kind of like a conscience, except with no knowledge of physics, geometry or motor dynamics. In their demonstration, the robot doesn't know what it is exactly and doesn't know what its shape is. After a short period of talking and a day of intensive c ...
This robot prefers Jenga over Go (Photo from MIT)   Jenga may be one of the most popular and simple games to play; you keep the tower going until it tips over. But it actually takes a good amount of dexterity, patience, and physical manipulation to master it. These lessons one MIT robot is learning. In their newly published study, scientists from MIT write about teaching a real-world robot physics and a practical sense of touch by having it play Jenga for hours on end.   The robot, d ...