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  Six MicroTug robots from Stanford’s Biomimetics & Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory are able to pull a 2-ton vehicle but not very quickly.   Moving a two-ton vehicle can be a tough job for the average human to pull or even push for that matter but it’s a breeze for a team of six tiny robots weighing in at only 3.5 ounces or just 1/5 of a pound. A team from Stanford’s Biomimetics & Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory designed the tiny MicroTug robots to work ...
A crop dusting drone. (via agweb.com)   Notorious for its strict regulation around unmanned aerial vehicles, Japan is now opening up remote regions to special drone use zones. The areas of interest - efficacy of drones in monitoring crops, wildlife habitats, and delivering packaged goods to otherwise inaccessible regions within the country. Where exactly? Aogashima province, an island created by periodic volcanic eruptions, the mountainous regions around Hinahara, and the remote village of ...
Tattered flag in Fukushima, Japan. The tsunami that hit japan in 2011 caused serious damage to the country, including the destruction of a nuclear power plant. Radiation leakage continues to be a problem that even robots cannot combat. How, then, can we respond to nuclear emergencies safely?   In 2011, one of the worst tsunamis on record hit Japan. Nearly 16,000 people were confirmed dead. Of the survivors, 230,000 were displaced, and many still live in temporary housing. Perhaps the most ...
New robot concierge named “Connie” currently at the Hilton McLean, VA. IBM's Watson AI is powering a Nao robot named 'Connie' at the Hilton McLean in Virginia. Connie acts as a concierge in a new pilot which could usher in a new team of hotel robots in future. (via Green Buzz Agency/Feature Photo Service for IBM)   While robot concierge fleets are becoming a mainstay in Japanese hotels, collaboration between Hilton and IBM is bringing AI robots to America with in the hospitalit ...
Immersit puts you in the middle of the action from the comfort of your couch (via Immersit)   There's nothing like sitting on the couch to enjoy an action packed movie or fast paced video game. But wouldn't it be cool to immerse yourself in what you're doing. Not with 3D technology or surround sound. What if your couch shifted with each twist, turn, and vibration? This new Kickstarter project has you covered. Immersit is a plug in device you install under you couch. It then generates high ...
Amputees often report maintaining feeling in their missing, or phantom, limbs. Thanks to a new study conducted by the Swiss EPFL, amputees may regain their sense of touch with a newly developed bionic finger, which one study participant claimed felt almost identical to the real thing. (via EPFL)   Thanks to a new study, amputees may regain the ability to feel texture and shape. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have successfully demonstrated a bi ...
This robotic arm turns drummer into a cyborg music machine. University of Georgia Tech creates a robotic arm that plays along with user's movements. (via University of Georgia Tech)   Some drummers are so fast, precise, and amazing they must be part cyborg to get so good. But can you imagine how much more powerful they'd become if they had a third arm? Researchers at Georgia Tech have made this a reality. The research team have developed a robotic arm to give drummers a little help. The pr ...
Lady Gaga wowed the crowds at the Grammys with tribute performance to David Bowie. The performance featured a dancing keyboard, made possible by NASA Robotics experts Andy Robot and Brian Lim.   As a NASA Robotics expert, you might not expect to be called upon by Hollywood stars. But when Lady Gaga needed a robotic keyboard for her David Bowie tribute performance at the Grammys, Andy Robot was the only man for the job.    Robot (Andy Robot, that is) is a talented roboticist an ...
  Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has caught international attention with the release of its promotional video for the “Intelligent Parking Chair.” The smart chair allows lazy employees to tidy up conference rooms and office spaces with a mere clap of the hands.   After a conference, or when most office employees have left for the day, the last person in the room need only clap their hands once, and the Intelligent Parking Chairs will return to the designated parking spots. Each ...
The new and improved Atlas robot picking up a box. Google’s Boston Dynamics has already created some impressive robots, but its latest generation of Atlas, a bipedal robot is uncanny. The new Atlas is so impressive that it has critics terrified of what Boston Dynamics will create next. (via Boston Dynamics)   Google’s Boston Dynamics has been known for making very advanced robots over the past few years, particularly for government contracts. Currently, while Boston Dynamics ha ...

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