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Researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE) have developed a new generation of swarming robots called “Teraflop Swarm” that can adapt to new environments and independently learn new behaviors through a process of artificial evolution. This can pave the way for developing robotic systems for environmental monitoring, disaster recovery, infrastructure maintenance, logistics and agriculture. Results are published in Advanced Intelligent Sys ...
Most soft robots rely on an external power source and control in order to operate. This causes them to remain tethered to off-board systems or become equipped with hard components. Researchers from Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have teamed up with Caltech to develop a soft robotic system that can move and change shape when it comes in contact with external stimuli. Researchers named the system “Rollbot” and it has the potential to change the ...
The NNSA ‘El Capitan’ supercomputer is expected to have a peak performance of more than 1.5 exaflops in computing power. (Image credit: Energy.Gov)   The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) - the federal agency responsible for safeguarding America’s nuclear stockpile, has recently announced it has signed a contract with Cray Computing to produce ‘El Capitan,’ a $600-million exascale supercomputer. According to the DOE, ...
Norway’s first all-electric battery-powered plane crashed into a lake on Wednesday. The crash poses a step back in Norway’s attempt to reduce fossil fuel-powered flights. Known as the Alpha Electra G2, the plane is owned by Norway’s airport operator, Avinor and was being operated by their chief executive, Dag Falk-Petersen when the crash occurred. On the same day, the CEO of Avinor was also giving tours to members of the Norwegian government, which also included junior governme ...
Wearable robot devices have been developed in the past by researchers at various universities and industry labs to help people in rehabilitation centers with walking or running, but small wearable devices could never seem to do both. Developing a robotic device to assist with walking and running can be a challenging task due to the different biomechanics of each gait. However, both gaits have the same extension of the hip joint, which begins whenever the foot touches the ground.   Research ...
A pair of Daimler’s Freightliner eCascadia battery-powered trucks are headed to customers at their research and development center in Portland. (Image credit: Daimler)   Electric auto manufacturer Daimler have been hyping their electric trucks for some time now, and the company is set to deliver a pair of their heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia battery-powered semis to Penske and NFI later this month. In a recent press release, Daimler states the trucks will undergo trials at their r ...
In May 2019, NASA launched two tiny robots called Astrobees to the International Space Station. Both robots started their journey on an Antares rocket, arriving to the space station just two days later, with NASA’s astronauts welcoming them aboard. The bots, respectively named “Bumble” and “Honey” are free-flying caretakers designed to help astronauts on the space station by carrying out routine tasks like basic maintenance and discovering lost objects. Those two ro ...
The ADIFO (All-Directional Flying Object) features four ducted fans for VTOL and low-speed maneuvers, and a pair of vectored jets provide thrust and a high degree of agility in horizontal flight. (Image credit: ADIFO)   A pair of Romanian engineers, Razvan Sabie and Iosif Taposu, has designed a flying saucer of sorts, by merging a quadcopter and jet, giving the aircraft a high degree of agility and maneuverability. While the shape of the vehicle is very UFO-like, it’s inspiration com ...
Sometimes we ask young children odd-sounding questions that are word game riddles designed to challenge their typical way of thinking.  Every child has probably been asked “What has hands but doesn’t clap?” Eventually, they all know to answer “a clock!”    But sometimes, these odd-sounding questions actually have unique and weird answers.  Take, for example, the question of “What do guitars and nuclear power plants have in common?”&# ...
The automated knitting system uses a neural network to create garments. Gloves created by the automated knitting system. (Image credit: MIT CSAIL)   Knitting is a craft that takes a certain amount of skill, finesse, and patience. But these requirements could be things of the past with MIT’s latest system. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a computer-aided knitting system, which automates the design and manufactur ...
Wearable tails are a fashion trend that humans enjoy wearing for entertainment events or cosplay, but none of them have the ability to maintain their balance. Researchers at Keio University in Japan have developed a wearable tail named the Arque tail that can greatly improve the wearer’s coordination, including balance and agility.   The Arque tail acts as a balance and agility enhancer for the wearer and can even help workers lift up heavy objects. (Image Credit: Yamen Saraiji) ...
I'm checking if I can use OpenPLC on small Linux devices. The software is known to work on a Raspberry Pi. I'll try it out on that first. I can focus on the functionality instead of installation and dependency resolution. It 'll also give me a chance to measure how much compute resources the application needs.   Open PLC is a combination of 3 modules: a runtime, executes PLC programs you made in  ... ... the editor, where you can write programs in ladder logic and other PLC lan ...
On August 5th, Japanese electronics firm, NEC Corporations, a global technology company, developed a “flying car” prototype that was able to hover in the air for just one minute during demonstrations in Abiko, Japan, 22 miles away from Tokyo. The new aircraft vehicle will be cheaper, more accessible and quieter than helicopters to fly. Japan will be aiming to have flying cars ready for everyday travel sometime in 2030.   NEC’s prototype flying vehicle will be used as a ...
Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha and his team came up with a submarine prototype that can help fight off climate change. The submarine would be stationed in the Arctic, re-freezing sea water to produce mini modular icebergs that eventually merge together to create ice floes. Faris worked in collaboration with Denny Lsmana Budi and Fiera Alifa for an international contest hosted by the Association of Siamese Architects. Their prototype won the 2nd place prize in the competition.   "The main goal of ...
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a robot bug that imitates the way a cockroach moves around on the floor. That may be more than enough to make some people writhe as they stare down at the robot, anticipating its every move. The robot is nearly as tough as a cockroach, so attempts to squash it into oblivion won’t be met with much success. Instead, it will continue moving around. However, researchers developed the robot sized bug for completely different p ...