It started long ago, the merger of man and machine. Power looms for hands, cars and trains for legs, and recently, computers for memory. Now, as robotic suits approach practicality,… read more
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For years, Boston Dynamics has been the undisputed heavyweight champ of viral robot videos. Four-legged robots, like BigDog, LS3, Cheetah, and Wildcat were their bread and butter while two-legged bots,… read more
We tend to dream of a future enabled by miraculous materials—nanoscale honeycomb lattices of strong, ultralight superconducting metals. Carbon nanotubes and graphene come to mind. Fishing line and sewing thread? Not so much. But recent research out of XX shows how miraculous outcomes can be firmly rooted in even the most mundane materials. By twisting fishing line and thread like a rubber band and selectively passing an electric current through it, they were able to produce artificial muscle 100 times stronger than human muscle.
Japanese scientists have devised a way to levitate objects as big as a small screw in mid-air, moving them not just up and down but also to-and-fro and side-to-side.
The University of Tokyo’s latest robot suit can help humans lift heavy loads using naught but air. How exactly? Instead of complex, heavy electronic actuators, the suit uses simpler pneumatic artificial muscles… read more
Willow Garage’s gifted PR2 robot just got even smarter. Developers from the University of Tokyo and the Technical University of Munchen have collaborated to give it the ability to find… read more
When you go for a jog do you precisely measure the angle of each of your joints to keep you from falling over? No, of course not, only robots do… read more
Today is a good day to be a robotics engineer. Not only is it the first day of ICRA, it’s the day that Willow Garage (WG) officially announced which research… read more
If capturing every moment of your life on camera isn’t enough to satisfy your recording needs then you should take a long deep look inside yourself. And then record that…. read more