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From drinking straws to robots

By Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff Writer At the beginning of the decade, George Whitesides helped rewrite the rules of what a machine could be with the development of biologically inspired “soft rob...
16 June 2017, by

Meet the labs of NCCR Robotics: Dillenbourg Lab

Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg and the team from the Computer-Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction (CHILI) Lab, explain how they are building robots to use in the classrooms of tomorrow. It is CH...
16 June 2017, by

RoboCup video series: Industrial league

RoboCup is an international scientific initiative with the goal to advance the state of the art of intelligent robots. Established in 1997, the original mission was to field a team of robots capable o...
14 June 2017, by

Are robots the future of precision lung surgery?

No matter how great a surgeon is, robotic assistance can bring a higher level of precision to the operating table. The ability to remotely operate a robot that can hold precision instruments greatly i...
13 June 2017, by

Making Pepper walk: Understanding Softbank’s purchase of Boston Dynamics

It is unclear if Masayoshi Son, Chairman of Softbank, was one of the 17 million YouTube viewers of Boston Dynamic’s Big Dog before acquiring the company for an undisclosed amount this past Thursday...
12 June 2017, by

RoboCup video series: @Home league

RoboCup is an international scientific initiative with the goal to advance the state of the art of intelligent robots. Established in 1997, the original mission was to field a team of robots capable o...
07 June 2017, by


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The Uncanny Valley of human-robot interactions

The device named “Spark” flew high above the man on stage with his hands waving in the direction of the flying object. In a demonstration of DJI’s newest drone, the audience marveled at the Cok...
02 June 2017, by

Xponential 2017 in images

The Xponential 2017 national conference was held May 8-11 by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The even...

Finding the right morphology to simplify control for soft robotics

The way animals move has yet to be matched by robotic systems. This is because biological systems exploit compliant mechanisms in ways their robotic cousins do not. However, recent advances in soft ro...
23 May 2017, by

EduExo: Robotic exoskeletons for everyone

For decades robotic exoskeletons were the subject of science fiction novels and movies. But in recent years, exoskeleton technology has made huge progress towards reality and exciting research project...
22 May 2017, by

Farming (r)evolution

This article was originally published on IEC e-Tech. Click here to view the original post. Many advances in electric self‑driving car technology and robotics are transferring across to industrial...
12 May 2017, by

Teaching robots to teach other robots

Most robots are programmed using one of two methods: learning from demonstration, in which they watch a task being done and then replicate it, or via motion-planning techniques like optimization or sa...
10 May 2017, by

Programming your NAO robot for human interaction

Today we are looking at how to program your NAO Robot for Human Interaction. Watch the video and follow the steps below to get interactive with your robot pal! [embed]https://youtu.be/fT8rNQEs-_w[/...
09 May 2017, by

TrotBot take two: Galloping like a horse

Hi, I’m Ben. I was a member of the team that developed a new walking mechanism, TrotBot, that we eventually scaled up to the size of a mini-van (you can read my original post here). Now, at DIYwalke...
04 May 2017, by

Meet the labs of NCCR Robotics: Auke Ijspeert and BioRob

The Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob) is part of the Institute of Bioengineering in the School of Engineering at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). In this video, meet Professor Auk...
25 April 2017, by

Engineering highly adaptable robots requires new tools for new rules

Northwestern University mechanical engineering professor Todd Murphey and his team are engineering robots that one might say could make robotic assistance as seamless as "humanly" possible. With suppo...

Robots pick up the challenge of home care needs

This article was first published on the IEC e-tech website. Advances in sensors have increased the ability of assistive robots to perform domestic handling and mobility assistance tasks as well as ...
12 April 2017, by

Sports-concussion dilemma: Robot doctors could be the answer in rural America

From bustling cities to tiny farming communities, the bright lights of the local stadium are common beacons to the Friday night ritual of high school football. But across the sprawling stretches of ru...
07 April 2017, by

The cheap arm project: An affordable, open-source robotics project

What do you get when you put together wood and rope? Well according to Plymouth University's Professor Guido Bugmann: a low-cost, open source, 2 meter tall robot! All buildable for under £2000. The C...
30 March 2017, by and

RoboThespian stars in UK play Spillikin, a love story

In a poignant play traveling throughout the UK, a robot is co-star and companion to the wife of the (now deceased) robot builder, with the wife developing early Alzheimer's. The play explores very hu...
21 March 2017, by
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bots_alive, with Bradley Knox

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Bradley Knox, founder of bots_alive. Knox speaks about an add-on to a Hexbug, a six-legged robotic toy, that makes the bot behave more like a character. They di...
18 March 2017, by

Leg over wheels: Ghost robotics’ Minitaur proves legged capabilities over difficult terrain

Ghost Robotics—a leader in fast and lightweight direct-drive legged robots—announced recently that its Minitaur model has been updated with advanced reactive behaviors for navigating grass, rock, ...
07 March 2017, by

Boston Dynamics’ newest robot: Introducing Handle

Handle is a research robot standing 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4 feet vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles o...
28 February 2017, by

Robust bipedal Cassie to transform robot mobility

Cassie is an advanced legged mobility robot. Created by Oregon State University spin-off, Agility Robotics, Cassie's engineering team has big plans for this robot to assist rescuers in disaster relief...
24 February 2017, by

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE: Semi-finalists set sail on a journey to illuminate the ocean

We have just taken another momentous step in the journey to unveil the hidden wonders of our own planet! Since the launch of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE at the American Geophysical Union Fall ...
22 February 2017, by

Drones for good 2.0: How WeRobotics is redefining the use of unmanned systems in developing countries

Robotics undoubtedly has the potential to improve lives in the developing world. However, with limited budgets and expertise on the ground, putting this technology in place is no small task. Step forw...
22 February 2017, by

Ocado evaluating robotic manipulation for online shopping orders

Ocado, the world’s largest online-only supermarket, has been evaluating the feasibility of robotic picking and packing of shopping orders in its highly-automated warehouses through the SoMa project,...
21 February 2017, by

Discovering optimal strategies for fast robotic walking and climbing

Chances are that you’ve never given much thought to how insects walk, or what combination of leg movements–or gaits–is most stable or fastest, but, if like a group of scientists from Ramdya, Flo...
17 February 2017, by

NAIST OpenHand M2S released

The NAIST OpenHand M2S was developed by a team of students as part of the school’s annual CICP project (read the blog post about it here), in which students can propose and organize their own resear...
16 February 2017, by

Python programming your NAO robot

These videos aim to teach you how to begin programming your NAO with Python. The NAO can be programmed using several programming languages, including C++, MATLAB, JAVA, LabVIEW and Python. Instead of...
09 February 2017, by







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