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Another robot was built to help scientists deepen their study of climate change, and this time they want to slow down the process. Team of researchers surrounding the Slothbot. (image credit: Georgia Tech) Most people believe that global warming is real and that something needs to be done to fight it. While some go the “zero waste” route to reduce their carbon footprint, others turn to science for solutions. But whether one believes in climate change or not, and no matter what one ch ...
Scientists created a robot that can hold basic conversations, and a study discovered that when the robot is put in care homes, it improved the mental health of the residents. This is the robot "Pepper," the new robot to be put in UK care homes. (Image credit: Barchester)   At the University of Bedfordshire, a team of researchers led by Dr. Chris Papadopoulos conducted a study during which they introduced a programmable robot to residents of a few care homes. The team explained that their ma ...
Waymo is ready to deploy its autonomous trucks on Texas interstates. Is this the future of trucking? (Image credit: Waymo)   Don't be surprised the next time you see a semi-truck on the road, and there's no driver inside. Self-driving trucks are preparing to hit the road, at least in Texas. Waymo, formerly Google's self-driving car division, said it's ready to deploy its autonomous trucks in Texas. This comes after months of testing its Chrysler Pacifica autonomous prototypes on the road t ...
SkyDrive’s flying eVTOL car stayed airborne for 10 minutes, lifted ten feet in the air. (Image credit: SkyDrive)   It’s 2020, and we still don’t have the flying cars and hoverboards as promised to us by The Jetsons and Back to the Future. While we still don’t have hoverboards (those motorized versions don’t count), one Japanese company may get us closer to flying cars. SkyDrive recently announced it had finished a test flight using “the world’s fir ...
The microscopic robots measure just 5 microns thick, 40 microns wide and 40 to 70 microns long, which are too small to be seen by the naked eye. (Image Credit: Criss Hohmann)   Researchers at Penn Engineering and Cornell University have developed an army of microscopic robots that are powered by lasers and could potentially walk inside a human body. The researchers hope these machines can be built into more complex systems, allowing them to be controlled by computer chips.  These robo ...
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 ...
The Sack-Shooter is a useful and fun device that allows the wearer to shoot out a plastic bag from their wrist. (Image Credit: Tsukasa-3D)   On July 1st, convenience stores in Japan began charging customers for plastic bags.  To avoid additional charges, customers will need to take their own bags. Since it adds a new routine in their daily lives, people may start forgetting to bring them. To make it easier, Twitter user Tsukasa-3D created a device called the “Sack-Shooter.” ...
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a tiny camera that can be attached to an insect. (Image Credit: Mark Stone/University of Washington)   I always wanted to see this. Seeing the world from an insect’s point-of-view can be an interesting experience. Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a wireless steerable camera that’s so tiny it can be mounted on top of a flying beetle. This technology can be used by scientists to explore and mon ...
Since humans have been able to organize themselves in societies, they have also learned to travel from one point to another. Today, thanks to technological advances, our traveling is no longer limited to the country or continent we are born on; humans have been traveling to space. We have even developed companies to facilitate commercial travels between our planet and the neighboring ones. However, traveling to space has its constraints and side effects. For those who still want to have the expe ...
The robot lab assistant performs experiments 1,000 times faster than humans can. (Image Credit: University of Liverpool)   Researchers at the UK’s University of Liverpool have developed a robot lab assistant that performs 1,000 times faster than a human. This machine can work 24/7, move around a laboratory and perform experiments on its own. By using this technology, robots could find materials for clean energy or new drug formulations by searching for unknown chemical spaces. The te ...