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The robot could help test patients for coronavirus and help treat them while at the hospital. (Image Credit: Tsinghua University)   Engineers from Tsinghua University in China have developed a robot that treats and tests patients who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. The remote-controlled, wheeled robot is capable of performing ultrasound scans, taking mouth swabs, and listening to patients' organs using a robot stethoscope.   These tasks are usually administrated by docto ...
The robot can autonomously land on a moving platform, both in normal and windy conditions. (Image Credit: MIT, YouTube)   It can be quite challenging to land a multirotor vehicle autonomously onto an intended target, especially when there is a need for fast trajectory planning, precise control, and the platform will need to be accurately localized. Past projects studied this issue, but they didn’t take windy conditions into consideration, which would make it more challenging to land ...
The PedestriANS robot is capable of adjusting its walking style based on its surrounding environment, similar to a human when they’re moving around. (Image Credit: Ahmad et al)   Humans generally have more adaptive walking styles than robots, which is based on their ability to move in certain environments. For example, humans will slow down when the floor is slippery, change directions to avoid puddles, speed up, walk on uneven terrain, etc. Researchers at Osaka University in Japan h ...
The Minotaur robot learns how to walk across various real-world surfaces (Image credit: Google)   Just like with any task in life, learning how to walk requires trial and error. You’re going to stumble and fall quite a bit before you get it. You may even need help from your parents to pick you up when you’re down. But eventually, you start walking all on your own. Now, imagine a robot going through a similar process, but without human interference. That’s a discovery rese ...
The new technique developed by EPFL researches produces a small, soft object in less than 30 seconds. (Image Credit: EPFL)   Traditional 3D printers are not magic… they take time. As you may know, the process, which can take hours or days to complete, involves slowly building up a 3D model one layer at a time. What if there was a way to shorten that time? Researchers at Switzerland’s EPFL have developed a new 3D printing method that takes less than 30 seconds to print high-pre ...