Intelligent Walls Bring Robotic Sophistication to Modern Architecture
Manufactured at the University of Toronto’s RAD (Responsive Architecture at Daniels), the Wallbots constitute a responsive partition system that can move, resize, attach, and detach from one another to create different sized spaces and accommodate different functions. The technology is beyond user controlled; it is user responsive.
(August 21, 2012)
Collision-free Flying for UAVs in Crowded Skies
The new technology promises major advantages over radar-based UAV anti-collision systems that calculate distances using reflected radio signals.
(July 31, 2012)
Facebook for Robots? Why Not?
Imagine a future with millions of robots worldwide making friends, keeping in contact with each other and sharing information together? Maybe a robot-only petabyte or two of Wall photos, Timeline memories and special robot-to-robot chat.
(June 23, 2012)
RoboBees Bring Artisanship To Mass Production
A new technique inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet.
(June 04, 2012)
Open Source, Open Questions
An open source approach might have a comparatively greater impact on the robotics market than the enterprise IT space a decade ago.
(May 21, 2012)
Robots That Can Reveal the Inner Workings of Your Brain
Using a robotic arm guided by a cell-detecting computer algorithm, the team has discovered a way to identify and record neurons in the living mouse brain with better accuracy and speed than a human experimenter, according to MIT News.
(May 10, 2012)
UK Pours $25M Into Robotics R&D
The partnership between the Government and industry is in the form of a working agreement between the EPSRC and an eight-strong group of industry leaders, including BAE Systems, Schlumberger, National Nuclear Laboratory, The UK Space Agency and Sellafield Ltd.
(May 09, 2012)
Renewable Energy & Zero Emissions: How Robots Are Leveraging Fusion Reactors
Fusion reactions promise cheaper, cleaner energy than that provided by conventional nuclear fission reactor facilities. While fission involves splitting elements, fusion works by overcoming certain elements' natural repulsion to fuse them together, releasing huge amounts of kinetic energy in the process.
(May 02, 2012)
Actuators That Mimic Human Muscles Will Revolutionize Robotics
When the scientists apply low levels of direct current, the material generates as much stress as natural muscle can. It can produce 160 megapascals of stress per gram of material, making it stronger than most polymers.
(May 02, 2012)
Revolutionary Battery to Power Marine Robots
A revolutionary battery that exploits the reaction between lithium metal and seawater could soon be powering everything from autonomous submarines to buoys and deep-water sensors.
(April 26, 2012)
Robots May Help Kids with Special Needs
“Robots are always charming to children. The idea that a child in a hospital with issues can stand in front of an object, human or otherwise, and the child would have curiosity about that object was fascinating to me,’’ Ferran says. To test his theory—back in the late 1980s—Ferran and Doornick conducted a psychiatric interview behind a mirror while Seco was in the room with a child. Doornick controlled the robot with his voice, and once the child began to feel at ease, he would slip in the questions Ferran needed addressed.
(April 18, 2012)
The Robots Among Us
An exclusive, year-long Robotics Business Review series “Robots Among Us” tracks the evolution of robots into an ever broader participation with humans. From farming to deep-sea mining to automated transit systems to robot teachers, surgeons and household guardians, to autonomous aircraft, automobiles, freight trains and restaurant wait staff, we’ll report on how these new-age mechanical assistants are slipping into our lives and why—and what they are up to next.
(April 14, 2012)
Inside Robotics with Dan Kara
Debuting this month Dan Kara (The Kara Report: Inside Robotics). Joins us, daily, weekly and monthly throughout the year for an ongoing, eye-opening journey into the next great epoch of the New Industrial Revolution: Robotics. Take Dan along; he’ll show you every step of the way. You’ll be glad you did.
(March 04, 2012)