Tag: robots

shih chieh huang turns plastic waste into ocean-like robotic creatures

taiwanese artist shih chieh huang makes art from unlikely objects, using garbage bags, plastic bottles and computer fans to create ocean-like robotic sculptures. suspended from the ceiling, his motorized creations inflate and deflate as they light up the room in primary hues at once both futuristic and prehistoric in their presence. for his latest exhibition ‘incubate’ on […]

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Future ‘Transformers’ Movies May Include A Robot ‘Love Story’ Or Two

Paramount To the surprise of just about everyone, the Michael Bay-less Transformers franchise reboot Bumblebee was a really, really good movie. As a result, executive producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s plans for expanding this pre-Marvel cinematic universe even further are undoubtedly on the top of Paramount’s to-do list. So, aside from traveling back to the ’80s, […]

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Wi-Fi data helps researchers improve accuracy of mapping algorithms

SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, is a well-studied computational problem that involves updating an environment map while keeping track of an agent’s location. (Typically, said agent is a drone or robot.) The advent of cheap, ubiquitous depth sensors and sophisticated algorithms have solved it somewhat, but even state-of-the-art vision systems aren’t perfect: Symmetric and […]

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restaurant will serve 3D-printed sushi based on customer’s saliva and urine

a japanese company is fusing science and sushi to create nutrient-rich foods based on individual requirements. open meals wants to create 3D-printed sushi by analyzing the saliva, urine and stool of diners so that every piece is tailored to their needs. the concept envisions a restaurant that employs a system of robotic arms and 3D printers […]

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toni the robotic bartender manages 158 bottles, crafts cocktails and doesn’t interrupt stories

makr shakr has poured liters of time, research, design and user experience into robot bartenders, since designboom’s first coverage in 2013. it began as a social experiment, designed by carlo ratti, to study how people might embrace AI and other digital manufacturing solutions in an unexpected setting. evidently, it was received well and the idea took […]

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an origami robot gripper could help pack your groceries in the future

a team of technologists at MIT have developed a robot gripper that uses a 3D-printed origami structure to lift up to 100 times its own weight. the cone-shaped gripper comprises three parts — a 3D-printed, 16-piece silicone rubber skeleton with a gripper-to-mount connector encased by an airtight skin.  a vacuum collapses the origami-inspired gripper which then […]

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Autonomous system uses quadcopters to help wheeled robots climb steep cliffs

Sheer cliff faces present a traversal challenge for most wheeled robots on the market, but researchers at the University of Tokyo say they’ve developed a two-robot framework that works pretty reliably in their testing. In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“UAV/UGV Autonomous Cooperation: UAV assists UGV to climb a cliff by […]

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Sex robots’ next big leap won’t come from the adult industry

This article was originally published on SEXTECHGUIDE, an independent publication that looks at the intersection between sex and technology in a non-explicit, as close to a ‘safe for work’ way as possible – including app reviews, adult VR info, sextech devices, privacy, security issues, and much more. It was founded by ex-TNW European Editor Ben Woods, […]

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pneumatic robotic arm offers a hand with a soft ‘human’ touch

german automation specialist festo combines pneumatic robotics with artificial intelligence to create a bionic arm moves just like the real thing. covered in a silicone skin, the lightweight ‘bionicsofthand’ consist of linked bellow-style air chambers, which are in turn made of a flexible knitted material, working together to mimic the movement of a human hand.  […]

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the metafly robotic insect uses biomimetics to mimic the real thing

french aeronautical engineer edwin van ruymbeke has exceeded goals to crowdfund his bionic bird, a remote-control robot that mimics the movement of a real bird or flying insect. metafly takes to the sky using a unique method called biomimetics, denoting synthetic methods that emulate natural processes. images courtesy of metafly metafly can take turns, fly fast […]

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MIT’s New Robot Can Do Backflips

The Cheetah team at MIT has already shown that they’re pretty good with making robots and their latest creation just might be their most impressive robot so far. Some of the robots that they have previously made are capable of jumping through hurdles and even navigating blindly. This new robot can do backflips. The new […]

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Google lays out framework for autonomous errand-running robots

Robots don’t plan ahead as well as humans, but they’re becoming better at it. That’s the gist of a trio of academic papers Google’s robotics research division highlighted in a blog post this afternoon. Taken together, the authors say, they lay the groundwork for robots capable of navigating long distances by themselves. “In the United […]

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Lenovo leads $10 million investment in robotics startup Vincross

Robotics startup Vincross today announced the close of a $10 million funding round led by Lenovo. The funds will be used to expand the Vincross line of robotics, starting with Mind Kit, a collection of essential parts hobbyists and tinkerers can configure to make versatile robots capable of completing a range of tasks — like […]

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