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A multi-generation toy, the Rubik’s cube, has been repurposed to create one of the fastest robot to date. The new robot that can solve the Rubik’s cube faster. (Image and video from builditsinprogress.blogspot.com)   Created in 1974, the Rubik’s cube was not meant to be the toy it is today. Erno Rubik, a Hungarian professor, built the cube to teach his students three-dimensional problems. Erno first named his cube the Magic Cube, and it wasn’t till the very first to ...
With the development of smart electronic devices, motor control system, as the execution force of all kinds of electronic application, is penetrating smart home, industrial power tools, smart cars, drones and many other mordern IoT fields. Meanwhile, motor control itself is also becoming more and more intelligent to keep up with the pace of the rapid evolving of the smart world.   What does the best motor control solution require?   Higher power efficiency? Lower noise level? Ad ...
Industrial enterprises are transforming their businesses by combining their computer and shop-floor automation domains, an initiative known as Industry 4.0. A key to this transformation is the new time-sensitive network (TSN) technology that connects these domains despite their diverging requirements. NXP’s new LS1028A processor integrates this technology and a host of other features[1], helping to enable next-generation manufacturing equipment meet the needs of these industrial enterprise ...
A team at the University of Waterloo is developing an AI system to speed up pothole repairs. Can an AI system really speed up pothole repairs? (Photo via StockSolutions)   Potholes are unavoidable annoyances when it comes to driving. And no matter how many times we complain about the city needs to address the issue, it’s not very easy for them either. Tactics used to keep track of them, like driving around to inspect roads or watching videos of streets to find damaged pavement, aren ...
The robot took six years to develop and come from the Mobile Sun Gundam series. The impressive robot boasts an arm-cannon that can fire sponge balls at high speeds. (Image via Sakakibara) Have you ever dreamed of piloting a gargantuan robot? Who hasn’t. A robotics manufacturer in Japan may have just made that possible. The company, Sakakibara designs machines focused on agriculture purposes and build life-sized robots that are completely operational by people.   Masaaki Nagumo, on ...
A curling match never seen before opposed the Korean Olympic champions to a robot. The inspiration is still unknown, but the future looks bright for the new machine. Curly the robot during the match against a human team.   This year Pyeong Chang hosted the Winter Olympic, and the main thing many people remember about the organization is the number of new gadgets and technology introduced. South Korea seemed to have a lot of pride in it robotics experts and knowledge and didn’t shy aw ...
The robot can travel to hard-to-reach places and analyze data for diagnostic purposes. Diagram of the robotic system - as small as a human cell! (Image via MIT) The tiniest robots developed by researchers at MIT are as small as a human egg cell and are capable of floating in the air and/or can stay suspended in liquid. This was made possible by attaching tiny 2D electronics to colloids, which are very, very small and measure one-billionth to one-millionth of a meter. They can sense the surrou ...
MIT researchers created a robotic fish to facilitate ocean exploration. The new robot can also be a pioneer in biomimetics. Close view of SoFi swimming. (Image via MIT)   Mankind has explored many areas of the planet Earth to the point that it could feel as if everything that exists has been discovered. Now, there is a race to explore other planets and galaxies, and that alone spikes a lot of conversations and theories. However, there is a place on planet Earth that still holds a lot of my ...
Rolls-Royce and researchers at Harvard have teamed up to create a small swarm of robots that will be more efficient and faster at keeping your engine well repaired. The robot may be cute, but it takes inspiration from a creepy source. (Photo from Rolls-Royce)   Rolls-Royce is turning to robotics when it comes to engine maintenance. The UK car manufacturer recently revealed it has teamed up with Harvard University and the University of Nottingham to use tiny cockroach-inspired robots that c ...
New robot by Meltant can replicate human hand movements, like handling delicate objects and opening doors. This is apparently the only robotic hand that’s been able to replicate the speed of human hands. (Photo via Meltant)   One Japanese company is taking humanoid robots to the next level. Robotics company Meltant recently introduced its new bot which mimics human movement with scary accuracy. They call it a “cyborg that transcends boundaries.” The company took inspirati ...