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A team from Georgia Tech built a swinging robot named Tarzan, inspired by sloth movements. This bot has more in common with a sloth than the King of the Jungle (Photo from Georgia Tech)   What do sloths, Tarzan, and agriculture have in common? A new farming aid. A team of researchers from Georgia Tech is working on an alternative to farming drones. Rather than flying over a field of crops to keep an eye on them, this new robot, named Tarzan, will swing over crops using guy-wires stretched ...
A team from Hasso-Plattner-Institut create a new wearable using muscle stimulants to create walls in VR. The muscle stimulants simulate the fulling of resistance in objects. (Photo via Hasso-Plattner-Institut)   With VR technology integrated into full body suits, robotic hands, gloves, and exoskeletons, it’s becoming easier to mimic physical sensations. Even gaming sets like the HTC Vice does a good job at making you feel like you’re actually in the game you’re playing. B ...
Researchers designed a device based on the golden tortoise beetle, and like the beetle, the device can changes colors when a mechanical stress is applied. This image shows the various components that comprise the 3-D printable device. (via MIT News / Subramanian Sundaram)   In the technology-heavy age we live in today, touch-sensitive surfaces are becoming increasingly popular among consumers for their elegance and convenience. Tech experts at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intel ...
Scientists at the NASA are designing instruments that can navigate tricky terrain, withstand temperatures hundreds of degrees below zero, and collect samples. A robotic claw is one of the tools being developed at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) that can be used to navigate the icy environment on Europa (one of Jupiter’s moons). (Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech)   It's National Robotics Week, and time for some robots   Aside from the challenge of sending a spacecraft all the ...
A group of researchers discovered how to use magnetic fields to help control and steer soft robots. Researchers created these three robots using the new technique (Image via North Carolina State University)   Soft robots, often made with deformable materials like silicone, plastic, and rubber, do things that most robots can’t. Because they are flexible and can actively interact with the environment, it makes them ideal for certain situations, like protecting your heart. But they do c ...

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