Robotics

Hexa drone is half-hexacopter, half-hexapod, 100% terrifying

Hexa drone is half-hexacopter, half-hexapod, 100% terrifying

When the robots finally come to harvest us, they'll probably descend from the skies and then scuttle, spider-like, into our homes and shelters, just like MadLab Industries' terrifyingly ominous Hexa. The combined horror of a six-bladed hexacopter and a 6-legged hexapod, the omnidirectional robot can either tackle terrain on-foot or take to the air to avoid obstacles, then using the multipurpose legs as a grapple to snatch up objects (objects that, it has to be said, are roughly the size of a human baby's head in MLI's demo video).

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Scientists create artificial skin capable of feeling

Scientists create artificial skin capable of feeling

Robotics is an intense field of research all around the world as scientists attempt to create robots that are able to assist humans in all sorts of situations. One thing that robots need to be able to assist humans in functional situations is the ability to feel an object. Knowing how hard to squeeze an object is something that humans take for granted.

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New robots shed light on origins of sea turtles

New robots shed light on origins of sea turtles

Baby sea turtles have an interesting way of moving across sand and into the ocean, and scientists have been studying these little creatures for quite a while. So much, in fact, that engineers are designing and building robots that replicate the movements of a baby sea turtle in order to better understand the origins of these animals.

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Liquid Robotics unveils Wave Glider SV3 ocean robot

Liquid Robotics unveils Wave Glider SV3 ocean robot

Liquid Robotics has introduced its Wave Glider SV3, which is touted as the first unmmaned ocean hybrid wave unmanned ocean robot that is solar-propelled. Because the ocean robot is unmanned, it can be sent out to areas that would be too tricky to send individuals, whether due to position or weather or some other factor. Because of the way the robot is powered, it can be used without stop for thousands of miles.

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Japanese students invent hugging coat

Japanese students invent hugging coat

A group of Japanese students from Tsukuba University have invented a jacket that can be the substitute for girlfriend. At least it can be a substitute for a girlfriend who likes to hug you. The students have invented a coat that can give you a hug when you need it.

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DARPA’s BigDog robot can throw cinder blocks farther than you

DARPA’s BigDog robot can throw cinder blocks farther than you

You may already know about the four-legged robot from DARPA and Boston Dynamics; we've talked about it in the past and how it's supposed to help out military troops by carrying supplies over rough terrain and beyond. Now, the BigDog robot can throw objects, including concrete cinder blocks. However, instead of using one of its four legs, it actually uses an extending arm (which looks to be the robot's head and neck) to throw objects.

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