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The robot gripper can grip a cable and slide it through from one end to the other. (Image Credit: MIT, CSAIL)   Up until now, you wouldn’t normally see robots gripping a USB cable and following it through from one end to the other like humans do when straightening it out. Researchers from MIT have developed a robot gripper that can determine the pose of a cable and follow it from one end to the other.   The robot gripper relies on GelSight, a vision-based tactile sensor, to pr ...
Engineers from the University of Colorado Boulder, Keio University, and the University of Tokyo have developed LiftTiles, a modular shape display that fits inside a room.   LiftTiles can inflate and rise up as a unit through an inflatable actuator. (Image Credit: Ryo Suzuki, YouTube)   The lightweight, compact LiftTiles contain an array of actuators that can inflate and extend up to 1.5m in height before retracting. Inflatable actuation gives a sturdy structure that can support he ...
Contestants submit their droid drawings, sketches, or paintings for a chance to have them physically created and included in an upcoming Star Wars project. (Image credit: Star Wars: Force for Change)   Star Wars fans who have ever thought about designing their droids could have a chance to see their creations come to life through a new contest being sponsored by a partnership between Star Wars: Force for Change and robotics community First. The Build Your Own Droid Contest looks to inspire ...
A user interacts with the robot arm, Mantis, which has haptic force feedback and can be used to enhance a gamer’s virtual reality experience. (Image Credit: University of Bristol)   Researchers from the University of Bristol have developed Mantis, a lightweight, affordable, one of a kind robot arm of the future that has accessible haptic force feedback (haptics).  Haptics is a technology that simulates the sense of touch by providing an interface between human and computers. Ma ...
The 3D printing robotic platform is known as Stargate and is used to manufacture Relativity’s Aeon 1 rocket engine and Terran 1 launch vehicle. (Image credit: Relativity Space via Wikipedia)   Aerospace startup Relativity Space aims to launch the world’s first 3D printed rocket into space, and then enter commercial operations by 2021. The company has recently received $185-million in venture capital funding to help get their Terran 1 launch vehicle off the ground, and have secu ...
OpenAI’s Dactyl system uses OpenAI Five neural networks to train a Shadow dexterous hand how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. (Image credit: OpenAI)   More than a year ago, San Francisco-based AI research lab OpenAI managed to train a robotic hand to manipulate a cube with human-like ability, and now the company has reached another milestone in its endeavor to build self-learning robots by using that robotic hand to solve a Rubik’s Cube. OpenAI explains, “Since May 2017, we ...
Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch will repair the damage done to the International Space Station’s power system. (Image credit: NASA)   WATCH LIVE   NASA has recently announced the first-ever all-female spacewalk, which is expected to take place Friday morning (October 18) at 7:50 AM (ET). The pair will replace a failed power controller known as a battery charge-discharge unit (BCDU), which comes after several earlier spacewalks that replaced the station’s nickel- ...
NASA’s Shapeshifter, a developing concept for transformational vehicles that can be used to explore far-away worlds, enables mini-robots to roll, fly, float, swim and finally, morph into a single machine. Engineers are testing out their concept with a 3D printed prototype in a robotics yard located at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.   The prototype for Shapeshifter is being tested in the robotics yard at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (Imag ...
The WIMAGINE BCI implants translate electrical impulses in the brain associated with movement and transfer them into actions performed by an exoskeleton. (Image credit: Clinatec via Lancet YouTube video)   Several years ago, French optician Thibault took an almost 50-foot fall at a nightclub, broke his neck, and became paralyzed from his shoulders down. Thibault recently regained his ability to walk using an exoskeleton he can control using his mind, or rather the electrical signals the br ...
On Saturday, September 28th, Elon Musk took the spotlight in Boca Chica, Texas, at SpaceX’s facility to reveal the company’s latest Starship prototype. SpaceX recently added a new section to its website solely dedicated to Starship, which also contains informative diagrams and details on Super Heavy, the first-stage booster that will launch Starship into orbit and beyond.   SpaceX’s Starship MK1 build and launch facility stationed in Cape County, Texas. (Image Credit: ...
Researchers at Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Lab have developed a robotic system known as AquaMAV that’s capable of launching itself from the water and into the air. The robot, weighing just 160 grams soars 26 meters through the air after liftoff. Its main priority is to collect water samples in hazardous environments where flooding has occurred or when ocean pollution needs to be monitored. Findings on the robot can be found in Science Robotics.   The robot has ...