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Soft robots can fit in especially tight corners and tunnels, which could be useful in a search and rescue operation. MIT researchers decided to build a bot that has no hard parts at all, further expanding its abilities.
Modeled after the fastest land animal on Earth, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's latest update to its robotic cheetah put it one step closer to becoming one of the fastest robo-animals out there. Funded partly by a military defense agency, MIT researchers began the project in 2013 to compare its running capabilities with the way many world-class sprinters run.
That could result in robots that are more durable, and require less power to move. Brooklyn-based designer Matthew Borgatti has released a proof-of-concept for his own soft robot, which he calls the "Glaucus" after a blue sea slug.
Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush. Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks.
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Here's a cool article on robot technology to make our lives easier. The one that caught my eye was the Robomow.
Back when investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first probed reports of unintended accelerations in Toyota vehicles, they ran into a serious internal roadblock. They lacked the expertise to examine the problem.
We see technology taking over almost every aspect of day-to-day life. So what about the realization of even more extra electronic help? WE SEE TECHNOLOGY TAKING OVER ALMOST EVERY ASPECT OF DAY TO DAY LIFE..
According to a recent study from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the number of manufacturing locations using robots has more than tripled since 2008. Providing cost savings, improved performance, greater safety and enhanced sanitation, automation is revolutionizing food manufacturing - including the processing and packaging of meat products.
A spark ignites a chemical mixture that causes an explosion, which launches the robot 0.6 meter into the air. 'Selfies' are all the rage these days.
Harvard University scientists have taken their quadrupedal soft robot out for some field tests to demonstrate just how resilient the admittedly somewhat creepy walking robot can be. Tests show the robot traversing flames, crawling over heavy snow, and getting run over by a car, all while using an onboard camera to observe its environment.
If the thought of a large robot running straight at you freaks you out, here's one video you might want to miss. It shows a robotic cheetah that can almost run like the real thing.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have announced the latest developments in their robotic cheetah project. The project aims to provide insights into how cheetahs can move so quickly.
Robots are likely not the first thing you think of when you hear the word "speed," but one group of researchers is trying to quell the stereotype of a lumbering robot with a machine built to move more like one of nature's quickest creatures - the cheetah. Clocking in at a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour , the robotic cheetah isn't quite ready to compete with its wild cousins, who can accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds.
Hudson, CEO of Durham-based Panacea Biomatx, just picked up the keys of a new Davis Drive location, a space formerly occupied by Advanced Liquid Logic. Add in a new acquisition - that of Next Generation Snacks, a British manufacturer of Smooch-branded "super-food" snacks, and the ten-man team is readying to manufacture.
Today, there are a variety of tools and technologies for spooking unwanted birds-we've graduated from scarecrows to flash-bang grenades and other sophisticated armaments-but Nico Nijenhuis is undoubtedly working on the coolest. He's building robot hawks that trick lingering critters into thinking they're about to get snacked on.
Carter, who developed the Photon laser-tag game in 1984, says he realized 20 years ago that the problem of underinflated tires would only worsen with the disappearance of full-service gas stations - and he, of course, began mulling over solutions. "Even if someone realizes their tires are low, 75 percent of people don't know how to determine the proper pressure - if they can even find an air pump," said Carter, a Lucas resident who also invented and patented a forerunner of today's personal watercraft and the Trakvak system used to dry racetracks.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:24 am
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