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The 1967 U.N. Outer Space Treaty appears to be outdated when thinking about where space exploration is headed next. Is it time to update the space treaty? Probably. (Image credit: pixabay)   When man first landed on the moon 50 years ago, no one could’ve guessed one day there’d be talks of space tourism, asteroid mining, off-Earth settlements, and missions by private companies like SpaceX. With a renewed interest in space exploration, many are questioning the 1967 U.N. Outer Sp ...
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed an iceberg lettuce harvesting robot dubbed the ‘Vegebot.’ Using machine learning algorithms, the robot can learn how to recognize and harvest the lettuce despite any challenges it may face. Now being used as a prototype, Vegebot showcases how machinery, like robotics with algorithms, can progress in agriculture, even for crops that may be difficult to harvest for robots, like iceberg lettuce. Originally trained in a lab enviro ...
Canadian tech company Kinova Robotics’ Jaco arm is the newest addition to robotics for those with accessibility needs. The new lightweight, carbon fiber arm attaches to a power wheelchair, giving the user a transformative life experience by using the technology for everyday life. Jaco comes with three fingers and six degrees of freedom. Kinova Robotics offices are located in Canada, Germany, and the U.S., and their technology has improved over the years, especially when it comes to fine gr ...
The new solar-powered RoboBee uses four wings to propel itself without a tether. The newly updated RoboBee X-Wing. (Image credit: Harvard University)   A few years ago, Harvard University introduced RoboBee, a flying robot that took inspiration from birds and bats to conserve energy. Now, researchers have introduced their latest version dubbed RoboBee X-Wing. Not only does it have four wings instead of two, it can now fly on its own without the need for a power tether. Instead, it uses the ...
The synthetic circulatory system pumps an energy-dense hydraulic liquid that stores energy, transmits force, and actuates the fins of the robotic fish. (Image credit: Cornell University)   Scientists from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania have created a synthetic circulatory system of sorts that pumps “blood” capable storing energy, transmitting force, and actuate the fins of a robotic lionfish. Most untethered robots use actuators, gears, batteries, and oth ...
  I’ve been on a synthesizer kick lately. Check out my Micro:bit WAV Sound player, and from there all the other synth project.   When it comes to synthesizers, people generally think of analog or digital technologies. This time, Gamechanger Audio took a different approach and used motors to generate sound. They used eight high-precision brushless motors, similar to the ones found in drones. Shipping is expected this December but can back it for $899 on Indiegogo, while the re ...
In 2018, MIT researchers teamed up with BMW to closely observe how human workers and robots might work alongside each other when it comes to assembling car parts. On a factory floor mock-up, the team put together a robot on rails that deliver car parts between each work station, while human workers walked across their path to work at their own station. The robot was designed and programmed to stop functioning if it sensed a worker crossed its path, however researchers realized the robot would ge ...
The Soft ScoopGripper’s has an under scoop that allows for more precise grips (Photo from SIRSLaB)   When it comes to soft robotics, typically the robotic hands adjust its shape to the object it’s trying to grab. But since most of the grasps are of the power type, it usually doesn’t have enough dexterity to make a precise grasp. That may change with a new concept by the engineers from the Siena Robotics and Systems Lab (SIRSLaB). The team has designed a soft robotic gripp ...
An artist rendition of the LightSail 2 above Earth (Image credit: Josh Spradling / The Planetary Society)   Back in 2015, LightSail, the Planetary Society’s Carl Sagan inspired solar sailer, took flight. The kite-like aircraft was proposed as a way to guide satellites around space using energy from the sun instead of chemical fuel. The mission was a success proving the photon-powered craft was possible. Now, SpaceX is gearing up for round two. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will ...
  This isn’t the first time seeing robotic furniture or Ori Living’s furniture efforts. Glad something is on the way.   IKEA has started a collaborative effort with American furniture start-up company, Ori Living to develop a shape-shifting robotic furniture system called Rognan. The aim is to create a more suitable living environment in compact housing units and can be controlled through a touchpad, enabling the system to slide across a room, separating it into two space ...
Researchers used a team of AI agents with reinforcement learning to beat humans in capture the flag mode in Quake III. (Image credit: DeepMind)   Alphabet’s DeepMind AI has already beaten the best at Go, Shogi, and chess, and now Quake III can be added to its list of gaming achievements. The difference this time around, is that instead of just one player playing against another, it was team VS team in the popular first-person shooter’s capture the flag mode. In the game, teams ...
Researchers from Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a soft robot that could lead the way for robotic implementations for space exploration, biomimetics, medical surgery, search and rescue operations, rehabilitation and many more areas of interest.     The soft robot can be used in a wide range of applications and different fields including space exploration, medical studies and rehabilitation. (Image Credit: Bertoldi Lab / ...
Doggo, a robot that can do acrobatics comes at an affordable price Doggo can walk, trot, do backflips and even jump with ease and can prop itself back up if it loses its balance. (Image Credit: Stanford University)   Stanford's Extreme Mobility team has developed a four-legged robot that's capable of acrobatics, like backflips and can trot, dance, hop, jump up to 3.5 feet and even walk on rough terrain. The Stanford Doggo is available to anyone who can consult about comprehensive plan ...
The Skai eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) vehicle can fly up to 4-hours, has a 400-mile range, and can seat up to five passengers. (Image credit: Skai press kit)   Alakai Technologies has recently announced the launch of Skai- a hydrogen-fueled eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) vehicle, which looks like a cross between a drone and an SUV. The technology will allow the aircraft to shuttle up to five passengers (or a 1,000-pound payload) for up to four hours, at a ra ...
Maxar is set to build the power and propulsion element of the Lunar Gateway, which is based on the company’s SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility to use a myriad of subsystems. (Image credit: Maxar via BusinessWire)   Colorado-based Maxar Technologies have announced NASA has contracted ($375-million) them to develop the power and propulsion element of the Lunar Gateway- a lunar orbital outpost that will allow astronauts to explore new locations all over the moon. Maxar&# ...