Revolutionary implant enables broken spinal cord to function again

A team from EPFL and NCCR Robotics lead by Profs Stéphanie Lacour, Grégoire Courtine and Silvestro Micera published an article in Science today describing their e-dura implant that could revo...
08 January 2015, by

Walking assistive devices for the elderly

When thinking about robots that can be used to care for the elderly, most people imagine humanoid robots that are meant to help with cooking, cleaning and socializing. But what if robots could be u...
07 January 2015, by and

Robot looks like a fish to ride with marine life |

Students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich are working on a project that could deliver an ideal device for marine life filming, minus the turbulence and appearance that cou...
06 January 2015, by

ETH and University of Zurich launch Wyss Translational Center Zurich

ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich are founding a new translational research centre at the interface of medicine, science and engineering: the Wyss Translational Center Zurich. A USD 120 million ...
12 December 2014, by

Aeon Scientific wins 2014 Swiss Technology Award

  The cardiologist sits in the control room next to the operating theatre and uses a joystick to steer a catheter through the patient's blood vessel into the heart's chambers to treat the card...
26 November 2014, by and

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

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Rescue drone that finds survivors using their cellphones’ WiFi signals

Search and rescue operations are increasingly using drones, and the speed and ease with which UAVs can be launched is especially important when applying them as an emergency response tool. Jonathan C...
25 July 2014, by

Noonee: The chairless Chair

Noonee® is a new Start Up company coming out of research in robotics in Switzerland. Aimed at solving healthcare problems within the manufacturing industry, noonee adopts a Chairless Chair® approac...
20 June 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

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

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

EPFL’s Festival Robotique draws a record 17,000 visitors

The 6th Annual Festival Robotique in Lausanne, Switzerland drew a record number of visitors this past Saturday, making it one of the largest public science events in the country....
24 April 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

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

Swiss robotics, with Dario Floreano

Link to audio file (20:20)In this episode we talk to Dario Floreano, director of the Swiss National Center of Competence for Research (NCCR) in Robotics that gathers leading experts in the field worki...
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