Robotics

Flying robot designed using jellyfish as inspiration

Flying robot designed using jellyfish as inspiration

When it comes to flying creations, inspiration is often gathered from a common pool of creatures: birds, insects, maybe a dragon or two. Researchers at New York University went a more unconventional route, and designed a flying robot based on, of all things, a jellyfish. The robot doesn't need water to pull off its gravity-defying maneuvers, however, prompting the creators to call it an "aerial jellyfish".

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Virtual simulation and robotic butt named Patrick offers med students hands-on practice

Virtual simulation and robotic butt named Patrick offers med students hands-on practice

Earlier this month, comedian Rob Delaney caught attention after tweeting an image of a man performing an, shall we say, invasive exam on a robotic butt positioned in front of a large monitor displaying a virtual doctor's examination room. The tweet provided no details about the image, and not being content with making ample backside jokes, some industrious folks have hunted down the story behind the intriguing image.

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US Army to deploy remote-controlled robotic infantry in the field within 5 years?

US Army to deploy remote-controlled robotic infantry in the field within 5 years?

The US Army could incorporate armed robots in the field within the next five years, according to a report by Computerworld. A recent demonstration at Fort Benning by four robotics companies showed mechanized infantry eliminating targets from 150 meters away. Military strategists were satisfied with the demonstration. As Lt. Col. Willie Smith put it: "We were pleased with what we saw here. The technology is getting to be where it needs to be."

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iStruct robot ape evolves upright as robo-spine research eyes space

iStruct robot ape evolves upright as robo-spine research eyes space

What took humans millions of years to achieve, Germany's robotic ape has done in moments, with a research project into artificial spines showing how a quadrupedal 'bot can evolve into a bipedal one. Three months ago, DFKI's iStruct robo-ape was wandering around on all-fours as engineers experimented with human-inspired skeletal systems for potential space exploration. Now, it's able to stand up and move around on two legs.

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Human Brain Project kicks off, will aid in robotics and more

Human Brain Project kicks off, will aid in robotics and more

The Human Brain Project, an ambitious undertaking to better understand the human brain, has officially kicked off. The goal of the project is to use a super computer to simulate a complete human brain, something that will not only aid in the treatment of a variety of ailments, but will also be used to help create new computing technologies. One of the areas of focus is neurorobotics.

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MIT M-Blocks Self-assembling robots made real

MIT M-Blocks Self-assembling robots made real

This week the former MIT student known as John Romanishin revealed a plan - and working demo units - of a modular self-assembling robot pods. These little beasts may seem the thing of nightmares when they move independently, attach to one another and stand up on their own - but they're not currently in a place where they're going to take over humanity any time soon. The idea for these robots was initiated by Romanishin in 2011, when he was an MIT senior in Professor Daniela Rus's robotics class - now he's a research scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the plans have been made real.

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