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.
Disney Robot Mimics Human Movement
Disney is known for its digital animations, but the company’s research group is working on creations in the flesh, specifically robots designed to mimic humans. The Disney Research group, tasked with pushing the innovation and science behind the magic of the company, has created a telepresence robot that can mimic humans so well it can thread a needle.
Origami Robot Pill
It’s reported that every year, Americans swallow 3,500 button cell batteries alone. Whether swallowed on purpose or by accident, these batteries, mixed with the tissue of the esophagus or stomach, can induce an electrical current creating hydroxide that burns the tissue. MIT wants to solve this problem using a tiny origami robot that unfolds from a swallowed capsule and retrieves foreign objects from the body, among other tasks like patching up wounds.
MegaBots Raises $2.4 Million
MegaBots, the Oakland-based startup that’s known for challenging Japan to a giant robot duel, just raised $2.4 million to bring giant human-piloted fighting robots to the arena. According to TechCrunch, MegaBots cofounders Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein, and Brinkley Warren are looking to turn their giant robot fighting game into that of Formula 1 or UFC.
Periscope DJI Drone Footage
Periscope pushed an update to its app today allowing for users to broadcast over twenty four hours and, even better, stream drone footage in live fashion. The new update also provides users with an easy way to find drone footage using the new GoPro and Drones featured channel, leveraging both partnerships with GoPro and DJI. Speaking of which, previous hacks included strapping Periscoping GoPros to drones, but that’s no longer necessary if you’ve got a Phantom.
Smart Robotic Hand
“A robotic arm that can dextrously manipulate objects has been developed by a team at the University of Washington in what is being hailed as a major breakthrough.”