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New algorithm flies drones faster than human racing pilots

To be useful, drones need to be quick. Because of their limited battery life they must complete whatever task they have – searching for survivors on a disaster site, inspecting a building, deliverin...
22 July 2021, by

What is the best simulation tool for robotics?

What is the best simulation tool for robotics? This is a hard question to answer because many people (or their companies) specialize in one tool or another. Some simulators are better at one aspect of...
20 July 2021, by

Sniffy Bug: a fully autonomous swarm of gas-seeking nano quadcopters in cluttered environments

Tiny drones are ideal candidates for fully autonomous jobs that are too dangerous or time-consuming for humans. A commonly shared dream by engineers and fire & rescue services, would be to have swarms...
15 July 2021, by and

ITRI introduces AI-based high density shuttle rack system

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan has introduced the AI-Based High Density Shuttle Rack System (SRS). This smart storage system, which operates without manpower in thousand...
12 July 2021, by and

Bristol Robotics Lab Virtual Conference 2021 (with videos)

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) hosted their first virtual conference last Wednesday, the 30th of June. With over 50 talks, the conference was a gathering of top robotics researchers, business l...
09 July 2021, by

Softbank Robotics Europe cutting workforce 40% in shake-up

Softbank Robotics Europe, the group behind two of the more recognizable robots, is laying off 40% of its workforce. On July 7, the developer of the famous Nao and Pepper robots will reduce its Paris-b...
06 July 2021, by


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An expert on search and rescue robots explains the technologies used in disasters like the Florida condo collapse

A drone flies above search and rescue personnel at the site of the Champlain Towers South Condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Texas A&M’s Robin Murphy has depl...
01 July 2021, by

Face masks that can diagnose COVID-19

By Lindsay Brownell Most people associate the term “wearable” with a fitness tracker, smartwatch, or wireless earbuds. But what if cutting-edge biotechnology were integrated into your clothing,...
29 June 2021, by

Learning for Caregiving Robots workshop at IEEE ICRA 2021

The Learning for Caregiving Robots workshop at IEEE ICRA 2021 discussed how learning can enable robotic systems towards achieving consistently efficient and safe human assistance across activities of ...

Simulations, real robots, and bloopers from the DOTS competition: Powering emergency food distribution using swarms

Results from the DOTS competition were released yesterday, after an intense month with teams from around the world designing new algorithms for robot swarms tasked with delivering emergency food parce...
24 June 2021, by and

Robot farmers could improve jobs and help fight climate change – if they’re developed responsibly

Thorvald: an autonomous robot from Saga Robotics Matt Munro, Saga Robotics, Author providedFarming robots that can move autonomously in an open field or greenhouse promise a cleaner, safer agricultura...
23 June 2021, by , and

Robot Lab Live at the UK Festival of Robotics 2021 #RobotFest

For five years, the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network have been holding the UK Robotics Week. This year's edition kicked off on the 19th of June as the UK Festival of Robotics ...
21 June 2021, by

IEEE ICRA 2021 Awards (with videos and papers)

Did you have the chance to attend the 2021 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021)? Here we bring you the papers that received an award this year in case you missed them. Congr...
15 June 2021, by

Obstacles no problem for smart robots

Normally, students and scientists walk here, but today a drone is flying through a corridor on TU Delft Campus. Seemingly effortlessly, it whizzes past and between a variety of obstacles: rubbish bins...
13 June 2021, by

A camera that knows exactly where it is

Knowing where you are on a map is one of the most useful pieces of information when navigating journeys. It allows you to plan where to go next and also tracks where you have been before. This is esse...
09 June 2021, by

Expectations and perceptions of healthcare professionals for robot deployment in hospital environments during the COVID-19 pandemic

The recent outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, caused by coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), also referred to as COVID-19, has spread globally in an unprecedented way. In response, the efforts ...

Engineers create a programmable fiber

By Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent MIT researchers have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze, and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt. ...
03 June 2021, by

The new IIT’s “Robot Teleoperativo” (teleoperation robot)

The Robot Teleoperativo is a new robotics result achieved at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and combining the rugged locomotion of HyQReal robot with dexterous and powerful manipulation assured b...

Slender robotic finger senses buried items

By Daniel Ackerman Over the years, robots have gotten quite good at identifying objects — as long as they’re out in the open. Discerning buried items in granular material like sand is a ...
27 May 2021, by

Creating expressive robot swarms

As robot swarms leave the lab and enter our daily lives, it is important that we find ways by which we can effectively communicate with robot swarms, especially ones that contain a high number of robo...
23 May 2021, by

Helping drone swarms avoid obstacles without hitting each other

By Clara Marc There is strength in numbers. That’s true not only for humans, but for drones too. By flying in a swarm, they can cover larger areas and collect a wider range of data, since each dr...
20 May 2021, by

Robot stomachs: powering machines with garbage and pee

The Seinfeld idiom, “worlds are colliding,” is probably the best description of work in the age of Corona. Pre-pandemic, it was easy to departmentalize one’s professional life from o...
14 May 2021, by

Foldable, organic and easily broken down: Why DNA is the material of choice for nanorobots

By Anthony King Doctors know that we need smarter medicines to target the bad guys only. One hope is that tiny robots on the scale of a billionth of a metre can come to the rescue, delivering drugs...
11 May 2021, by

Fish-inspired soft robot survives a trip to the deepest part of the ocean

The deepest regions of the oceans still remain one of the least explored areas on Earth, despite their considerable scientific interest and the richness of lifeforms inhabiting them. Two reasons f...
05 May 2021, by

DNA-inspired ‘supercoiling’ fibres could make powerful artificial muscles for robots

ShutterstockThe double helix of DNA is one of the most iconic symbols in science. By imitating the structure of this complex genetic molecule we have found a way to make artificial muscle fibres far m...
03 May 2021, by

Q&A: Vivienne Sze on crossing the hardware-software divide for efficient artificial intelligence

Not so long ago, watching a movie on a smartphone seemed impossible. Vivienne Sze was a graduate student at MIT at the time, in the mid 2000s, and she was drawn to the challenge of compressing video t...
02 May 2021, by

Moon exploration rovers from Lunar Zebro

In this series of articles, we take robot innovations from their test-lab and bring them to a randomly selected workplace in the outside world. We discovered that Lunar Zebro is not only good for risk...
28 April 2021, by

Navigating beneath the Arctic ice

By Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering There is a lot of activity beneath the vast, lonely expanses of ice and snow in the Arctic. Climate change has dramatically altered the...
25 April 2021, by

ManipulaTHOR: a framework for visual object manipulation

The Allen Institute for AI (AI2) announced the 3.0 release of its embodied artificial intelligence framework AI2-THOR, which adds active object manipulation to its testing framework. ManipulaTHOR is a...

Perfecting self-driving cars – can it be done?

posteriori/Shutterstock Robotic vehicles have been used in dangerous environments for decades, from decommissioning the Fukushima nuclear power plant or inspecting underwater energy infrastructur...







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