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Prosthetic wearers all have a common goal in mind – to regain the functionality of an amputated limb. While their prosthetics may restore some degree of movement, it doesn’t carry the feeling of touch when it’s worn. Now scientists at the University of Utah are on the right path to changing that with their latest prosthetic creation. There have been attempts on developing prosthetics capable of providing the wearer with sensation, but those sensations aren’t very precise, ...
The LightSail 2 spacecraft developed by Planetary Society is now operational, without any issues in orbit, while the mission team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California follows procedures to ensure the LightSail 2 spacecraft is ready for sail deployment.   LightSail 2’s deployment date has been set for Sunday, July 21st. (Image Credit: The Planetary Society) After a successful launch on July 2nd, the team was able to establish two-way communications with the spacecraft, and ...
NASA’s four-limbed robot LEMUR has successfully climbed a cliff in Death Valley and is now inspiring future climbing robots. LEMUR has four limbs and 16 fingers equipped with hundreds of tiny fishhooks. (Image credit: NASA)   NASA has been sending robots and rovers to Mars for years, but their capability for exploration is limited, especially when it comes to hard to reach places. To tackle this, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California developed the climb ...
These jumping robots were inspired by real-life ants in terms of their movement and how they work together. These bots use infrared and proximity sensors to communicate with one another. (Image credit: EPFL)   Size isn’t necessarily a disadvantage. Just think about ants. They’re small, but a team of ants working together can move objects larger than their bodies. By coming together, they can tackle larger than life tasks. This served as the inspiration for new tiny robots with ...
The 1967 U.N. Outer Space Treaty appears to be outdated when thinking about where space exploration is headed next.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 ...