Robotics News

Fingertip sensor gives robot unprecedented dexterity

Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port.

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Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual ...

9 hours ago from

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'Honeybee' robots replicate swarm behaviour

Computer scientists have created a low-cost, autonomous micro-robot which in large numbers can replicate the behaviour of swarming honeybees

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MIT lets its robotic cheetah off the leash

Researchers at MIT have announced the latest developments in their robotic cheetah project. The project aims to provide insights into how cheetahs can move so quickly. The cheetah is now "wireless" ...

Tue 16 Sep 14 from Gizmag

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MIT demonstrates slithering silicone rubber robot

Once upon a time, robots were imagined as human-like machines with a distinct body complete with head, arms, hands, feet, and legs. More recently, designers have explored the benefits of emulating ...

Wed 17 Sep 14 from Gizmag

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Squishy Pink Robot Makes Explosive Jumps

This soft robot uses an "explosive actuator" to propel itself upward

Tue 16 Sep 14 from IEEE Spectrum

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Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save

Can a robot learn right from wrong? Attempts to imbue robots, self-driving cars and military machines with a sense of ethics reveal just how hard this is

Sun 14 Sep 14 from Newscientist

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Robot Boris learning to load a dishwasher (w/ Video)

Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. have set themselves an ambitious goal: programming a robot in such a way as to allow it to collect dishes, cutlery, etc. from a dinner ...

Fri 12 Sep 14 from

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In pictures: Wonders and oddities from Interbike 2014

Interbike is North America's largest bicycle industry trade show, so it's definitely a fun place to be if you're into bikes. This year's event, which we attended last week at the Mandalay Bay ...

Tue 16 Sep 14 from Gizmag

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Cutting the cord on soft robots

When it comes to soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord.

Thu 11 Sep 14 from

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