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Video: Rise of the nanorobot, with Brad Nelson

The future is in the hands of tiny robots, really tiny robots — and the expectation is that they will perform miraculous tasks, such as eye surgery and environmental cleanup. Brad Nelson heads th...
07 October 2014, by

Quadrocopter failsafe algorithm: Recovery after propeller loss

UPDATE 04/03/2014: In this video update, we show that a quadrocopter can be safely piloted by hand after a motor fails, without the aid of a motion capture system. This follows our previous video, ...
04 March 2014, by

Microsoft pays 5M CHF to ETHZ and EPFL for research on flying robots and new memory architectures

ETH Zurich and EPFL are jointly entering into a new research partnership with Microsoft Research. Over five years, Microsoft Research will provide five million Swiss francs of funding to support IT re...
07 February 2014, by

Cubli – A cube that can jump up, balance, and walk across your desk

Update: New video of final robot! My colleagues at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich have created [tweetquote]a small robotic cube that can autonomously jump up and balance o...
20 December 2013, by and

Three new quadrotor videos demonstrate agile control and the power of machine learning

Quadrocopters assembling tensile structures in the ETH Flying Machine Arena. Photo credit: Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication and the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH...
18 November 2013, by

Insect-inspired flying robot handles collisions, goes where other robots can’t

Gimball is a flying robot that survives collisions. It weighs just 370g for 34cm in diameter. Photo credit: A. Herzog, EPFL. Generally, flying robots are programmed to avoid obstacles, which is far ...
30 October 2013, by


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Students hope their ship inspection robot will significantly reduce dry-dock time for maritime transport industry, improve safety for inspectors

Students take a research tour with Damen ship repairs in Rotterdam. A team of students from ETH Zurich and ZHdK have developed a prototype for a robotic ship inspection unit that is capable of cond...
30 September 2013, by , and

Minimally-invasive eye surgery on the horizon as magnetically-guided microbots approach clinical trials

Unlike larger robots, microrobots for applications in the body are too small to carry batteries and motors. To address this challenge, we power and control robots made of magnetic materials using exte...
26 June 2013, by

The Distributed Flight Array: Modular robots that self-assemble, coordinate and take flight

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" — a catch phrase that aptly expresses the Distributed Flight Array: a modular robot consisting of hexagonal-shaped single-rotor units that can take ...
12 June 2013, by

Behind the scenes at TED Global: Raffaello D’Andrea and team demo amazing quadrotor “athletes”

With reporting and photos by Dario Brescianini and Mark Mueller and timelapse video by  James Duncan Davidson. Raffaello D'Andrea juggles quadrotors at TED Global 2013. A quadrocopter swoops th...
11 June 2013, by and

Gecko adhesives allow flying robot to perch on walls

The Airburr, a light-weight flying robot from the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (my PhD lab) at EPFL, was designed to fly in cluttered environments. Unlike most flying robot, which avoid contact a...
15 May 2013, by

The Swinging Blind Juggler

How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! Child's Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stephenson...
03 May 2013, by

Designed to mingle: Rezero ballbot’s smooth moves can handle a crowd

Designing robots that can function outside of controlled, factory environments isn’t easy. When those environments have people in them, they are especially unpredictable and difficult for a robot to...
05 March 2013, by

Rapyuta: The RoboEarth Cloud Engine

In recent years cloud computing has made an entrance into our lives. Naturally, this begs the question how cloud computing can be used in robotics applications. With Rapyuta, the RoboEarth Cloud Engin...
25 February 2013, by

Video: Throwing and catching an inverted pendulum – with quadrocopters

Two of the most challenging problems tackled with quadrocopters so far are balancing an inverted pendulum and juggling balls. My colleagues at ETH Zurich's Flying Machine Arena have now combined the t...
21 February 2013, by

Video: Quadrocopter learns from its mistakes, perfects air racing

Manual programming of robots only gets you so far. And, as you can see in the video, for quadrocopters that's not very far at all (see the "Without Learning" part starting at 1:30):...
08 November 2012, by

Video: Watch flying robots cooperate, throw and catch balls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyGJBV1xnJI   My colleagues at the ETH Zurich's Flying Machine Arena have just released a new video. Here is what Robin Ritz, Lead Researcher on the project, has ...
27 September 2012, by

Thymio II toolset complete

http://youtu.be/RTi7DjqlGO8 Thymio II was introduced at the 2011 EPFL Robotic Festival. Now, with the introduction of Aseba, the creative toolset associated with it is complete. Aseba allows even yo...
11 September 2012, by

Future cities, with Matthias Kohler

Link to audio file (38:04)Link to transcriptIn today’s episode we speak with Matthias Kohler, faculty at ETHZ and renowned architect, about his work in robotic architecture at the Future Cities Labo...
07 September 2012, by
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Distributed flight array, with Raymond Oung

Link to audio file (20:43) In this episode, we discover an aerial modular robot called the Distributed Flight Array. To talk about this, we have Raymond Oung from the Swiss Federal Institute of Tec...
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