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RoBeetle is the world’s lightest and smallest microbot that can run on alcohol to move forward. (Image Credit: University of Southern California)   Batteries usually power robots, but this can be problematic since they tend to have poor energy density. It can also be a bigger issue for small-scale robots. Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed RoBeetle, an 88-milligram robot that runs on methanol. It also uses a new type of actuator that acts as an artif ...
NoTraffic's system ensures the driver has a safe and efficient journey on the road by detecting blind spots, pedestrians and other road assets. (Image Credit: NoTraffic, YouTube)   I want to see this everywhere.   Drivers in Phoenix could have a much easier time escaping traffic woes. On August 17th, NoTraffic installed its autonomous traffic management platform to improve traffic flow in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently, the technology is located on Glendale Avenue between Central and S ...
CaseCrawler scampers over to a wireless charging pad whenever it’s placed on a desk. (Image Credit: SNU BioRobotics Lab/YouTube)   Until now, we usually wouldn’t expect our phone to get up and scamper over to a wireless charging pad when we need it. Roboticists from the Biorobotics Laboratory at Seoul National University have developed CaseCrawler, a smartphone case with little robot legs that allows a phone to crawl to a wireless charging pad.   CaseCrawler is bulkier t ...
Artificial intelligence (AI) is so obtainable for anyone these days. Take a look at the “AI at the edge” series from element14 here.   Some researchers believe we’re approaching the limits of AI, while others have made a breakthrough that helps it progress. So, who’s right? Are AI and deep learning truly limitless? (Image credit: Shuttershock)   Artificial intelligence and deep learning have been pivotal in medical, scientific, and technological research. A ...
This colossal Gundam robot, which is 60-ft tall, took its first steps in a test walk. The robot is expected to weigh 25 tons and has 24 degrees of freedom once it’s complete. (Image Credit: Gundam Factory Yokohama)   Since January, Japan’s engineers have been building an enormous 60-foot Gundam robot based on the popular sci-fi franchise. The port of Yokohama is playing host the robot for a full year. With 24 degrees of freedom, it’s the most advanced full-size Gundam ro ...
These tiny machines, just one centimeter in size, can fold into complex shapes and perform tasks. It has the potential to be used for applications in fields like medical equipment and infrastructure sensing. (Image Credit: Robert Coelius/Michigan Engineering)   Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed origami-inspired microbots that are quicker, more agile and have more control than other machines. Measuring just one centimeter in size, the microbots can form one shape, per ...