How A Cockroach Robot Could Save Lives universities

People hate cockroaches. These little critters frighten us as they scurry in the tiniest of crevices and scurry away unscathed despite being stepped on. Despise them all you want, but their impressive characteristics could one day save lives. A cockroach can scurry into cracks with the width of two pennies and withstand pressures up to 900 times its weight. Implementing these amazing feats into a search and...

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The Rise And (Rather Quick) Fall Of Robot Startup Romotive business / startups

Disclaimer: The following article contains information from an anonymous source. Romotive. It’s a startup that may not strike a chord in your mind, but there’s a chance you’ve seen their robot Romo. Romotive launched back in May 2011 when robot aficionados Peter Seid, Phu Nguyen, and Keller Rinaudo envisioned a personal robot powered through the technology of a smartphone. After months of hard work at the...

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iRobot Abandons Military Robots To Focus On Home Robots business / consumer

Chances are you’ve heard of the company iRobot and their floor vacuuming robot Roomba, but you’re probably not familiar with their lineup of military robots such as Packbot and Kobra. The company, based in Massachusetts, has been developing advanced military robots, designed to disarm explosives and scan rooms, for over a decade. Described in a recent press release are details on iRobot’s recent decision to sell...

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EPFL Researchers Get A Grip With Soft Electronics universities

You take a balloon and rub it in your hair, and you place the balloon to the wall. It sticks. This example of an electrostatic bond is called electroadhesion, and it could change the way robots get a grip on handling objects the right way. Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a new type of flexible robotic gripper that takes advantage of...

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Want Early Access To Lily Camera? Join The Beta Program Today consumer / drones / startups

The autonomous drone startup Lily just opened their beta testers program to the public. According to a recent blog post, the startup has had more than enough product testing in the Bay Area, but they’re looking to expand the testing grounds to the “rest of the Lily Community worldwide.” The goal of the Lily Beta Program is for Lily to gain hands-on experience in environments that...

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Compiler: Death Of Marvin Minsky, Google Delivery Robots, Droneboarding, And More drones / universities / video

Compiler is a weekly article that gathers the best stories on robots and drones from the past week. From stories on our blog to other popular sites, here are the week’s best stories you don’t want to miss. Marvin Minksy Passes The pioneering father of artificial intelligence, Marvin Minsky, passed away on January 25, 2016 from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 88 years old. In...

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Google Has Patented A Robot For Its Drone Deliveries drones

Google has stepped up its game in the drone delivery wars. The tech giant was recently granted a patent according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website. In an effort to further improve drone delivery (before it’s even launched), the patent overviews a “delivery receptacle” or robot retriever that’s designed to work alongside Google’s Project Wing drones. Essentially, the delivery receptacle would receive a...

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How Planning Algorithms Will Make Better Drones artificial intelligence / drones / universities

Your average drone is dumb, but they are getting smarter. Smart features such as auto-follow and waypoints are being integrated into today’s consumer drones, but it’s still tricky to teach drones how to avoid obstacles. While some drones are designed to bump into things, researchers at MIT are developing planning algorithms that’ll keep drones out of harms way. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) recently...

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Watch Flyability’s Crash-Resistant Drone Explore Treacherous Ice Caves drones / startups

A lot of people unwrapped drones from under their trees last Christmas. And a majority of those people also wrecked their drones into numerous objects. It’s a problem for most drones. A slight bump into a wall could send your drone hurdling down hundreds of feet to its own demise. But Swiss startup Flyability has a genius solution to keep drones crash-resistant. Meet Gimball. Gimball is...

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Compiler: Robot Butler, Squishy Robotic Fingers, And More artificial intelligence / crowdfunding / drones

Compiler is a weekly article that gathers the best stories on robots and drones from the past week. From stories on our blog to other popular sites, here are the week’s best stories you don’t want to miss. ATLAS Home Robot Atlas is a $2 million advanced humanoid robot developed by Boston Dynamics. IHMC Robotics, based out of Florida, has developed a rather useful control...

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