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Robots get micro-tentacles to handle delicate objects

Using a transparent elastomer, Iowa State University scientists have created tiny tentacles that robots can wrap around delicate objects to handle them safely. The spiraling microrobotic tentacles are described in a research paper published in the journal Scientific Reports. Demonstrating how one of the tentacles encircled an ant’s thorax, softly trapping the insect, lead researcher […]

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Largest ever self-organizing swarm of robots created

Harvard computer scientists have demonstrated how a self-organizing swarm of 1,024 small robots can collaborate to enact complex behaviors. According to lead developer Radhika Nagpal, the small, simple robots (named “Kilobots”) represent a significant milestone in the development of collective artificial intelligence. The three-legged Kilobots and their swarming behaviors are detailed in the latest issue […]

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Ultracheap tactile sensor for robots unveiled

Giving robots a sense of touch has traditionally been an expensive and complex exercise with results that were often less than useful. Now, however, a newly developed tactile sensor using off-the-shelf cell phone components could dramatically change how robots interact with the world around them. The developers of the new TakkTile sensor at the Harvard […]

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Direct Brain Control Of Robot Demonstrated

A metal skullcap with electrodes sticking out has turned a sci-fi cliché into reality, with the wearer being able to control a robot’s movements with thought power alone. University of Washington researcher, Rajesh Rao, has demonstrated that an individual can “order” the robot to move to specific locations and pick up specific objects merely by […]

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Novel Robot Will Be “Dynamic And Graceful,” Says Prof

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have put together a new type of robot – dubbed “Ballbot” – that balances and moves on a single large ball, rather than legs or wheels. Created by Carnegie robotics boffin Ralph Hollis, Ballbot is a self-contained, battery-operated, omnidirectional robot that balances dynamically on a single urethane-coated metal sphere. Ballbot […]

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No Sex Please, We’re Robots

One of science fiction’s scariest ideas – the out-of-control von Neumann machine – has been realized, albeit on a simple level. A report in Nature says that Cornell University researchers have created a machine that can build copies of itself. The researchers admit that the machine is just a proof of concept – it performs […]

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