This flying machine uses ducted fans for propulsion and control

The Flying Platform is a new flying machine developed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich. Its purpose is to study the use of electric ducted fans as control and propulsion ...
05 January 2016, by

Holiday robot videos 2015: Part 1

Have a holiday robot video of your own that you’d like to share? Send your submissions to info [at]!...
21 December 2015, by

Body-enhancing exoskeletons could be stepping into industrial trials next year

by Jon Cartwright Wearable technology uses electric motors and springs to augment the strength and balance of the human body. It has long been the subject of military research, but now engineers be...
01 December 2015, by



Embodied Quadrotors, with Davide Scaramuzza

Transcript below. In this interview, Audrow Nash speaks with Davide Scaramuzza, Assistant Professor of Robotics at the University of Zurich and leader of the Robotics and Perception Group, about ...
31 October 2015, by

Four-legged robot that efficiently handles challenging terrain

StarlETH is a multi-purpose legged transporter robot developed at ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab. Combining versatility, speed, robustness, and efficiency, StarlETH walks, climbs, and runs over...
30 October 2015, by

Rock Print: A zero-waste 3D-printed structure made only of rock and thread

Inspired to take 3D printing technology to new heights, ETH Zurich and MIT researchers create "Rock Print" -- a full-scale architectural installation on display at the Chicago Architecture Biennial u...
07 October 2015, by and




Micro and Nano Robotics, with Brad Nelson

Transcript below. In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Brad Nelson, Professor at ETH Zurich, about his research regarding micro and nano robotics. They discuss many of Nelson’s projects: ret...
02 October 2015, by

Key take-aways from the DroneApps Forum

The first DroneApps Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland, recently assembled 150 drone professionals from Europe, the US, Japan, and Australia for a two-day exchange of ideas. What set the event apart was ...
02 October 2015, by

Watch flying machines weave a rope bridge you can walk on

[tweetquote]Using quadrocopters and some rope, researchers have woven together a bridge strong enough to walk across.[/tweetquote] Made at the ETH Zurich Flying Machine Arena in Switzerland, the bridg...
18 September 2015, by

Tweets from #DroneApps

DroneApps is a two-day forum for executives in charge of planning and leading the commercial use of drones in companies looking to increase productivity, reduce risks and conquer new markets, taking ...
14 September 2015, by



Fotokite Phi, with Sergei Lupashin

Transcript included. In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Sergei Lupashin about Perspective Robotics' tethered flying camera, the Fotokite Phi, which is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Th...
04 September 2015, by

Solar-powered flight for 81 hours: A new endurance world record

Two weeks after demonstrating AtlantikSolar’s first 24-hour flight, the fixed-wing team of ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab has reached another milestone: 81.5 hours and 2316 km of continuou...
31 July 2015, by

Solar powered day/night autonomous flight achieved: Airborne for 28 hours without fuel!

The AtlantikSolar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took off on June 30th, 2015 at 11:14 o’clock to attempt the “holy grail” of solar-powered flight: the crossing of a full day-night cycle on solar power ...
09 July 2015, by

‘Tailsitter’ flying robot hovers and recovers easily thanks to new algorithm

In August 2014 Google [x] announced that they had been secretly developing a drone delivery program to rival Amazon's Prime Air. Called Project Wing, the system was based on a mechanically simple "t...
04 June 2015, by

A self-deploying, foldable quadrotor for rapid rescue

The use of robots to find victims after natural disasters is fast becoming commonplace, with well documented cases where robots have been sent into areas too dangerous for rescue workers.  While the ...
18 May 2015, by

Noonee testing Chairless Chair exoskeleton at Audi production plants

Last month, Swiss startup noonee completed the first round of testing for their Chairless Chair with German car manufacturer Audi. The Chairless Chair is a wearable sitting exoskeleton for peopl...
06 May 2015, by

Multiple tethered quadrotors performing high-g, high-speed formation maneuvers 

This video shows tethered quadrocopters flying steadily together at high speeds exceeding 50 km/h in a confined space. With the tether exerting more than 13 gs of centripetal force, multiple quadro...
05 May 2015, by

Tracing human evolution with robots

By Samuel Schlaefli With the help of robots, archaeologists may soon be able to compare their findings with data from thousands of experimental reference samples, enabling them to determine tool us...
16 April 2015, by

Quadrotor automatically recovers from failure or aggressive launch, without GPS

When a drone flies close to a building, it can temporarily lose its GPS signal and position information, possibly leading to a crash. To ensure safety, a fall-back system is needed to help the quadro...

Revolutionising building and construction sites

By Felix Würsten and Corinne Hodel (Interview). Digital technologies have already turned many areas of the economy inside out. In this interview with Swiss NCCR Digital Fabrication researchers M...
10 March 2015, by

New Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in architecture and digital fabrication at ETHZ

In September a new Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication will be offered by the Gramazio Kohler Research chair at ETH Zurich. This one-year, full-time program f...
19 February 2015, by

Sensory-motor tissues for soft robots

In this video, PhD student at LIS, EPFL and NCCR Robotics Jun Shintake explains his project "Sensory-Motor tissues for Soft Robots"....
18 February 2015, by

Ground-flight collaboration

Working in the field of rescue robotics, the Robotics Perception Group (UZH and NCCR Robotics) works on how to get air robots communicating with ground robots, with the aim of exploiting the strength...
16 February 2015, by

Pleurobot: Multimodal locomotion in a bioinspired robot

The Pleurobot is a bioinspired robot being developed by the BioRob at EPFL and NCCR Robotics. Taking it's cues from the salamander, the Pleurobot is a walking robot that can change its gait to help it...
12 February 2015, by

Flyability wins $1M Drones for Good competition

Flyability, a spin off company from LIS, EPFL and NCCR Robotics, has won the $1M inaugural UAE Drones for Good competition with Gimball, the world’s first crash resilient drone....
10 February 2015, by

Robotics Perception Group celebrates 3 year anniversary

This week, Prof. Davide Scaramuzza's lab (RPG, UZH) turns three and, in typical robotics style, they've released a video Congratu...
09 February 2015, by

Will nanotechnology soon allow you to ‘swallow the doctor’? | CNN

At ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, mechanical engineer Brad Nelson and his team have worked on nanobots for a decade, and are now ready to think big: "We're making microscopic r...
05 February 2015, by

Control strategies for active lower extremity prosthetics and orthotics

Much has been made of the numerous advances in robotic prosthetics and orthotics (P/O) over recent years, and the question of how to control these devices so that they work in accordance with the inte...
04 February 2015, by

Raffaello D’Andrea on the future of robotics

Raffaello D’Andrea’s robots can do amazing things: play soccer and ping-pong, perform complex choreographed acrobatics in the air, build towers brick by brick, and move pallets around warehouses. ...

DALER: A bio-inspired robot that can both fly and walk

The issue of how to use one robot across multiple terrains is an ongoing question in robotics research. In a paper published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics today, a team from LIS, EPFL and NCCR Ro...
21 January 2015, by

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