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This Is The Robotic Arm You Can Move With Only Your Mind

Forget about a computer mouse, touchpad, or a remote control. Times are changing and people no longer need a dinky little device to interact with a piece of technology, we can just use our thoughts. That is, at least, the path we seem to be on thanks to an incredible technological breakthrough brought to us by a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. This team of scientists developed a robotic arm that can be moved and used with thought alone. In a recent…

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The “Octobot” Is The World’s First Soft Robot

Lets do a little mental exercise. When I say the word “robot,” what image instantly jumps into your head? For older folks it may be Rosie from the Jetsons, others may drum up an image of Arnold Schwarzenegger from Terminator, while many may have a more modern conception of a robot that takes the form of a stiff android-like machine. These aforementioned ideas one may think up when they hear “robot” are all wildly different. But, there is one thing they all have in common:…

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Sewer Robots Help Retrieve Waste For Research

Let’s be honest: most of us probably don’t have a clue what goes on in the sewers that run below our streets. And for many of us, we don’t really care to know what happens to the huge amount of waste we collectively dispose of — out of sight, out of mind. But pretty soon, it’s possible that our sewers could welcome a new, unexpected guest who is much more interested in their surroundings than we are. In a new initiative in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Canadian architect Newsha…

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The Ingestible Origami Robot That Operates Right Inside Your Stomach

Ingesting any metal object doesn’t seem like the best of ideas, but sometimes it happens. More often than you would think, actually, as in the U.S. alone 3,500 batteries are swallowed each and every year. Able to burn through internal tissue, ingesting a battery can be dangerous, but altogether difficult to treat. But researchers at MIT have found a solution to the ingestion of a metal object like a battery, and (somewhat counterintuitively) it involves eating another metal object, specifically a newly designed origami-style robot.…

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This Robot Can Teach Itself To Spin A Stick

Not everyone can spin a pencil in their hand, and if you can, you should be proud. It’s no easy feat to coordinate that, and it likely took some practice. Part of the reason why this is no easy feat is because the whole thing has to happen quickly. You move the stick, and the force exerted could cause you to lose control of the pencil. A research group at the University of Washington has created a robot who can pull off this task that…

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6 Newly Designed Ant-Like “Microrobots” Can Move An Entire Car

Teamwork is a powerful force, and no technological innovation proves that sentiment true than the newly created “microrobots” capable of pulling a 3,900-pound car together, but never alone. Designed by a team of researchers from the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory at Stanford University, the “microTug” robots, as they have been dubbed, weigh in at a mere 3.5 ounces each but can move incredible weights. Modelled after the motions and practices utilized by ants and other natural organisms (aka “biomimicry”), the microrobots work as a…

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The ATLAS Humanoid Answers Chore-Haters Prayers

I don’t know about you, but whenever my middle school science classes reached the point in the curriculum about robots, almost everyone had visions of a mechanical best friend who would do all the chores you didn’t want to do. It seems like the DARPA Robotics Challenge gave one participating team the chance to realize a similar dream to the one my classmates and I clung to. While the majority of the robots at DARPA face challenges like drilling holes, driving and climbing up and down…

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Introducing The World’s First “Emotional” Robot Who Knows Exactly How You Feel

For a generation of North Americans, the concept of a robot was directly influenced by Rosie, the mechanical maid of the Jetsons. Viewers of the children’s cartoon saw many fantastic machines in the 22-minute span of the program, but Rosie stole the show. Unlike the other emotionless contraptions owned by the Jetsons, Rosie was a nuanced (for a kids show), sassy, and endearing character. If she wasn’t made of steel, Rosie would effectively be human. And so that’s what viewers assumed where the future of…

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Kamigami: The Origami Robot You Can Build With Your Hands

For the average person, creating a robot isn’t exactly a realistic task to accomplish. We tend to think of robots as monuments of technological advancements, complex creations suited only for the hands of skilled engineers or gigantic corporations. Dash Robotics is reversing that notion with the Kamigami, a robot that can quite literally be built, by hand, by just about anyone. Otherwise known as the “origami robot,” the Kamigami is being marketed as a consumer-friendly robotics project that won’t damage your wallet. Ideal for any…

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New Robot Dog Can Patrol Land and Air

Let’s be honest: drones are a little scary. From the lack of regulations surrounding their consumer use, to the fact that some of them come with built-in guns, something to make them a little more lovable would be a welcome change. Enter the new quadruped robo-drone from Autonomous System Lab that looks just like a little dog. Autonomous Systems Lab’s mission statement is to create intelligent systems that can function in diverse environments, some of which can transition from land to sea to air. Their…

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