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The jellyfish robots navigate underwater using eight pneumatic network tentacle actuators. (Image credit: FAU via IOPScience)   Researchers from the Florida Atlantic University have designed a robotic jellyfish to monitor and explore delicate coral and sponge ecosystems without using propellers, or any navigation platform underwater drones typically use that could potentially cause harm to said reefs.   According to the researchers, the jellyfish-like robot could be adapted for a myr ...
AIST’s HRP-5P robot stands at almost six feet tall, weighs 222 pounds, and has a combined total of 37-DOF. (Image credit: AIST)   Japan’s Advanced Industrial and Science Technology (AIST) unveiled their new HRP-5P robot that can perform basic construction tasks, such as hanging drywall and plywood. The tech company is known for their bipedal human-like futuristic robots, such as the HRP-2, HRP-4, and the human-faced HRP-4C. While those previous robots focused on a more streamli ...
The $1.4-million painting was seemingly cut to ribbons using a homemade shredder built into the frame. (Image credit: Sotheby’s)   Love him or hate him, Banksy’s art has fetched a high price over the last decade, with artworks such as “Space Girl and Bird” netting $479, 926, “Monkey Detonator” earning $587, 544, and “Keep it Spotless” netting an incredible $1.7-million. The latest auction from Sotheby’s for his “Girl with Red Ball ...
Human Controller’s Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube features a 3D printed core with servomotors that are programmed to match colors on each side. (Image credit: Human Controller via DMM.make)   The Rubik’s Cube has come a long way since it hit the market back in 1980, with 350-million cubes sold worldwide as of 2009. We’ve all seen videos of people who can juggle multiple cubes while solving them at the same time and the myriad of robots that can complete them in less than ...
Ory Lab’s OriHime-D robot allows those with disabilities to control it remotely for work at Tokyo’s Dawn ver. Beta cafe. (Image credit: KYODO)   Ory Laboratories describe their OriHime robot line as “your new body that you can easily control remotely,” and for a good reason, as the company’s OriHime-D is being employed in Tokyo’s Dan ver. Beta cafe, allowing those with physical disabilities to work as waiters.    The anthropomorphic robot stan ...
These flexible robotic skins were created with elastic sheets embedded with sensors and actuators. These robotic skins can turn everyday objects into robots. (Photo via Yale University)   Robots have come a long away over the years. Some of them are massive humanoid machines, others are so small they’re hard to see with the naked eye. Despite this, they’re still pretty limited to what they can do and what they look like. But what if there was a way to create a robot that could ...
WPI’s robot uses computer vision to identify lionfish and jabs them with buoyant spears, which float the fish to the surface to be harvested by fishermen. (Image credit: WPI)   Lionfish are a venomous species of the Pterois genus native to the Indo-Pacific region of the Pacific Ocean. Besides being venomous, they are also an invasive species that are threatening coral reefs and marine ecosystems in areas the shouldn’t be, such as the Caribbean and the east coast of the US. Lio ...
Purdue University’s roll-to-roll laser-induced superplasticity fabrication method is capable of printing metals at nano-scale levels. (Image credit: Purdue University)   Researchers from Purdue University have developed a new manufacturing technique that prints nano-scale flexible metals that’s similar to newspaper printing in an effort to make ultra-fast electronic devices. It’s a low-cost process that merges existing fabrication tools in the manufacturing industry with t ...
  At some point, you've probably sat down and rifled through a 'Where's Waldo' book. Some of us technical types probably wondered if there could be an automated way to find Waldo.   A new robot named 'There's Waldo' has mastered the art of finding our red-and-white striped shirt and beanie hat, Waldo in just 4.5 seconds.   'There's Waldo' was created by Matt Reed, a creative technologist at RedPepper. Reed and his team developed the robot using an Arm Swift Pro which is contr ...
Researchers from French and Swiss institutions find mean robots helped people concentrate and performed better on a Stroop Task. The experiment had participants take a Stroop Test after interacting with both a nice and mean robot. (Photo via Spatola)   Years of science fiction movies have altered our view on robots, and this latest study doesn’t help matters. Researchers from French and Swiss institutions recently discovered that a mean robot can help people concentrate. Led by Nicol ...
A multi-generation toy, the Rubik’s cube, has been repurposed to create one of the fastest robot to date. The new robot that can solve the Rubik’s cube faster. (Image and video from builditsinprogress.blogspot.com)   Created in 1974, the Rubik’s cube was not meant to be the toy it is today. Erno Rubik, a Hungarian professor, built the cube to teach his students three-dimensional problems. Erno first named his cube the Magic Cube, and it wasn’t till the very first to ...
A team at the University of Waterloo is developing an AI system to speed up pothole repairs. Can an AI system really speed up pothole repairs? (Photo via StockSolutions)   Potholes are unavoidable annoyances when it comes to driving. And no matter how many times we complain about the city needs to address the issue, it’s not very easy for them either. Tactics used to keep track of them, like driving around to inspect roads or watching videos of streets to find damaged pavement, aren ...
The robot took six years to develop and come from the Mobile Sun Gundam series. The impressive robot boasts an arm-cannon that can fire sponge balls at high speeds. (Image via Sakakibara) Have you ever dreamed of piloting a gargantuan robot? Who hasn’t. A robotics manufacturer in Japan may have just made that possible. The company, Sakakibara designs machines focused on agriculture purposes and build life-sized robots that are completely operational by people.   Masaaki Nagumo, on ...
A curling match never seen before opposed the Korean Olympic champions to a robot. The inspiration is still unknown, but the future looks bright for the new machine. Curly the robot during the match against a human team.   This year Pyeong Chang hosted the Winter Olympic, and the main thing many people remember about the organization is the number of new gadgets and technology introduced. South Korea seemed to have a lot of pride in it robotics experts and knowledge and didn’t shy aw ...
The robot can travel to hard-to-reach places and analyze data for diagnostic purposes. Diagram of the robotic system - as small as a human cell! (Image via MIT) The tiniest robots developed by researchers at MIT are as small as a human egg cell and are capable of floating in the air and/or can stay suspended in liquid. This was made possible by attaching tiny 2D electronics to colloids, which are very, very small and measure one-billionth to one-millionth of a meter. They can sense the surrou ...