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The Iris Moon Rover will be landing on the moon in 2021 to provide power, portability, and communications on the surface to support science and technical demonstration payloads. (Image Credit: Carnegie Mellon University)   Cubesats have revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth's orbit, and soon enough, a mini Moon Rover will increase our understanding of the lunar surface. As early as 2021, NASA will be launching a small rover, called Iris, as part of the lunar delivery mission orchestrat ...
The robot is capable of sweating in high-temperature environments, which can be useful for the elderly. (Image Credit: University of Tsukuba)   I think we need sweaty robots. Older people are more prone to suffering from higher environmental temperatures, which can cause a number of serious health issues without warning. Now, researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan have developed a robot that alerts them by sweating when the temperature increases. Whenever we get too hot, our b ...
Erica is the first artificial intelligence robot to have a lead role in a science-fiction film. (Image Credit: Life Productions)   Robots will more than likely take over many jobs sometime in the future, but these roles are suited to automation. Now, for the first time ever, an AI robot named Erica will have a lead acting role in the new $70 million science-fiction film titled "b," which is in production by Life Productions.   The science-fiction picture is based on a story that foll ...
Ocean Voyages Institute removed a record-breaking 103 tons of debris from the ocean, which will be recycled and repurposed. (Image Credit: Ocean Voyages Institute)   After a successful 48-day mission to clean up 103 tons of plastics and fishing nets in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that began on May 4th, Ocean Voyages Institute’s marine plastic recovery vessel, S/V KWAI, returned to the port of Honolulu on June 23rd. To date, this cleanup in the Gyre by Ocean Voyages Institute is a ...
The soap bubbles can successfully pollinate a flower on fruit-bearing plants. (Image Credit: Eijiro Miyako)   Soap bubbles promoted pollination of a pear orchard by delivering pollen grains to targeted flowers, showing that it's capable of pollinating fruit-bearing plants. Scientists from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Nomi have developed a robotic pollinator in an effort to help supplement the work of the dying bee population. The team published their findings i ...
After applying the Spot 2.0 update, Boston Dynamics has announced that the four-legged robot can now be purchased on the company’s website for $74,500. (Image Credit: Boston Dynamics)   Boston Dynamics announced that its famous four-legged Spot robot can now be purchased online via the company’s website for $74,500. Previously, Spot could only be leased to businesses through Boston Dynamics’ Early Adopters program. The entire package includes Spot, Boston Dynamics’ ...
The early ignition combustion engine consists of three different chambers that compress, mix, and combusts an air-fuel mixture. This design could be more efficient than the combustion engines we see today, enabling a thermal efficiency of 63%. (Image Credit: Jason Fenske, YouTube)   Not really EE related, but I thought this was cool enough to share.   Nowadays, electric cars are starting to become a lot more popular, and that alone could have an impact on the future of internal comb ...
Robots outfitted with these boots designed by researchers from UC San Diego can move 40 percent faster on uneven terrain. (Image Credit: UC San Diego)   Roboticists are always striving to develop robots with improved functionality, especially if it involves walking around. Researchers from the University of California San Diego have discovered that robots can safely and more efficiently traverse on uneven terrain if they're outfitted with a set of boots. Using latex and coffee grounds, the ...
Salto is now capable of landing precisely where you want it. (Image Credit: UC Berkeley)   Since it’s development, we’ve seen what UC Berkeley’s Salto robot is capable of, from hopping off walls to running to jumping over obstacles, etc. Each year, the robot just seems to get better and better with improved capabilities. The tiny one foot long leaping robot’s latest upgrade is quite impressive. Presented at Virtual ICRA 2020, Salto has recently learned how to stop j ...
Boston Dynamics’ four-legged Spot robot can be controlled from a far-away location and can be used in agriculture, helping to provide various tasks for farmers, which includes herding sheep. (Image Credit: Rocos, YouTube)   Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot can now be controlled from any location in the world. On May 20, 2020, New Zealand-based robotics software company Rocos announced a partnership with Boston Dynamics to give the four-legged robot, Spot, a new job: herding sheep. R ...
Stanford’s Pupper quadruped robot can be controlled by using a Playstation 4 controller, and it’s capable of walking, jumping, and running. (Image Credit: Stanford Robot Club)   Anyone who’s ever wanted a robot in their life can now build their own instead of buying one. The Stanford Robot Club has designed and developed an open-source quadruped robot dog called Pupper, which is considerably less expensive to build than the state-of-the-art robots. It costs approximately ...
Tom Cruise is working with NASA and SpaceX to shoot a film aboard the International Space Station. Details on the project are scarce, but the film will not be related to the Mission: Impossible franchise. (Image Credit: NASA)   Tom Cruise and SpaceX are collaborating with NASA to film a movie in space aboard the International Space Station, but details on the project are scarce. On Tuesday, May 5th, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted that the agency is “excited to work Tom Cr ...
The climate needs our help. Even if it’s just one step! The Sustain the World Design Challenge is a great chance to some steps towards a better planet.   Drought around the world, especially western regions of the United States, has become a big problem, and global warming has made it worse for those areas. (Image Credit: Pixabay)   For the past two decades, the Western U.S. has been affected by one of the worst “megadroughts” in 1,200 years. Scientists have disc ...
The climate needs our help. Even if it’s just one step! The Sustain the World Design Challenge is a great chance to some steps towards a better planet.   Manta trawl was deployed from the starboard crane to collect data on plastic pollution in the ocean’s surface. (Image Credit: Ocean Cleanup) Plastic debris can be quite hazardous to marine life in a number of ways, from toxic chemical release to animal entanglement, wildlife choking and starvation after consuming it, and ...
I just saw this article in Machine Desing April 2020 it is worth a read. I am trying to get permission to reprint it here. ...