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Sarcos’ Guardian XO exoskeleton suit can lift up to 200 pounds and can be used in heavy industrial settings in the real-world. (Image Credit: Sarcos)   Seems we are on a path to becoming human robots. Sarcos, a robotics company, partnered up with Delta Airlines to develop the Sarcos Guardian XO, a battery-powered, full-body exoskeleton that was designed to be used for heavy construction and commercial applications requiring super-human strength while preventing injury. Guardian XO wa ...
The bot can build its own tracks up in the air and traverse on them, making it easy to move forward on uneven terrain. (Image Credit: zarrouk lab)   Researchers from Ben Gurion University in Israel have developed a new mobile robot, called the RCTR (Reconfigurable Continuous Track Robot), which can build its own track in the air while moving forward. The RTCR has the ability to change its body shape on a link-by-link basis, using an extra actuator to create the track. This allows the robot ...
Boston Dynamics recently made the Spot robot’s SDK available to the public. (Image Credit: Boston Dynamics)   Robot and programmer enthusiasts who aspire to develop on advanced robotic systems will be given the chance to work on Boston Dynamics’ four-legged dog bot, Spot. Spot is capable of opening doors, helping out with housework tasks, and navigating around complex areas. The robotics company has announced they have released Spot’s SDK to the public and anyone interest ...
The new cooling technique could be useful for soft robots in the future, especially when there are no other methods to keep the system cool. (Image Credit: Cornell University/Facebook Reality Labs/AAAS)   Humans often perspire to keep their temperature regulated, a cooling process that may be useful in soft robots. Engineers from Cornell University have replicated the method in a newly-developed soft robot muscle. By using this new technique, scientists have found a way to keep soft robots ...
The flash graphene technique can transform carbon-containing material into bulk graphene, which can then be used as a material for many purposes. (Image Credit: Jeff Fitlow, Rice University)   Graphene has a lot of potential to be an important material in electronics and real-world applications, especially if it comes from the carbon in our garbage. Scientists at Rice University have demonstrated a new processing technique that transforms a wide range of trash, from leftover food to car ti ...
The Xenobots were designed by the University of Vermont’s Deep Green supercomputer using an evolutionary algorithm, while scientists at Tufts University took the designs to create a programmable living organism. (Image credit: University of Vermont)   Scientists from the University of Vermont and Tufts University have created new programmable life forms using a supercomputer and living stem cells taken from frog embryos. Known as Xenobots (derived from the frog species Xenopus laevi ...
CES 2020 had many robotic announcements. Finally putting robots to work and assisting people is apparently in the forefront of development. Take a look at the following and see for yourself. Personally, I would like a robot to just follow me around carrying stuff.   Samsung’s Ballie could serve as an at-home assistant Samsung’s ballie robot can follow you around and help out with daily tasks. (Video Credit: Samsung)   During CES 2020 on January 6, Samsung showcased th ...
Virtual Visor gives the driver a “mask” for their eyes whenever sunlight or glare hits their eyes. (Image Credit: Bosch)   I always found CES to be inspiring. This is one of those technologies...   Sunlight may obstruct a driver’s vision during the day, which can lead to major distractions that result in a car accident.  There are traditional sun visors in cars that partially blocks the sun but still isn’t adequate enough because at the same time, part of ...
ClearSpace’s spacecraft will de-orbit an old rocket in 2025 in an attempt to clear up space debris. (Image Credit: ClearSpace SA)   Space junk is constantly orbiting the Earth at thousands of miles per hour. Companies, such as ClearSpace, are starting to take action with a clean-up mission. A European spacecraft will be the first one scheduled to remove a large piece of debris in 2025. Experts fear the same technology could be used as a weapon by terror groups or rogue nations.   ...
Scientists at Tampere University in Finland have trained a strip of plastic to move on its own by responding to light. This is the first time that thermoplastic, a synthetic actuator, has learned how to walk without computer programming. The team published their findings on December 4, 2019, in the journal Matter.   Exposing the plastic strip to light causes it to move. The team had to condition it so that it would be able to respond the same way as it does from heat. (Image Credit: Aalt ...
The DEAnsect is a robust robot that can be twisted, squeezed and bent while retaining functionality. (Image Credit: EPFL)   It’s fairly easy for nature to serve as a source of inspiration when it comes to robotic development, but it’s nearly impossible to replicate nature’s design and features in any given way. Researchers from EPFL’s School of Engineering have developed a soft robotic insect named DEAnsect, which is 4cm in length, weighs less than a gram and uses a ...
Piaggio Fast Forward, a Boston-based company that developed the Vespa, has launched a small, cargo-space robot, called Gita, which follows its owner around on the go and can carry up to 40 pounds of their belongings. The company aims to allow people to use the robot to carry their groceries, gym equipment, or any other items. This enables them to walk around hands-free in various places. Interested buyers can purchase the Gita robot at a price of $3,250 and can choose between red, blue and gray ...
The ClearSpace-1 mission will target a piece of debris in orbit around the Earth. (Image Credit: ClearSpace SA) A quick search here at element14, and you'll find a collection of potential space debris collection strategies. Hopefully, this one will actually do something.   The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the first-ever mission, called ClearSpace-1, to launch a four-armed robotic space debris collector into space. It will retrieve a piece of space junk from orbit around the ...
Researchers at MIT have built a fabrication system and a design space that can be used to create fluidic chambers and channels at millimeter-scale size for actuating thin film shape-changing materials with a high-resolution design. The project, milliMorph, is a four-dimensional space that can be used to create fluidic chambers that uses a heat sealing system for millifluidic fabrication, and application demonstrations of the fabricated materials for devices, haptics and robotics.    ...
Soon enough, farmers won’t have to worry about spraying their fields with chemicals to keep them weed-free. Small Robot Company (SRC) and RootWave, two agritech start-ups based in the UK, have joined forces to build a high-precision robot that will eliminate weeds by zapping them with electricity.  The weed-zapping service is expected to be available in 2021.   The monitoring robot, Tom, can cover 20 hectares a day, can create maps of weeds on a farm, helping to kill them by u ...