Robotics

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robots work together to pull a truck

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robots work together to pull a truck

Santa would probably want a pack of SpotMini quadrupedal robots for himself for Christmas. That is if he ever decides to change careers and drive a truck that can break down any time in the middle of nowhere. That's when he'd wish he'd gotten robot dogs instead of fleshy reindeer because, as Boston Dynamics' latest video shows, these can haul an entire truck. Then again, the reindeers could have made the truck fly.

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LEGO SPIKE Prime programmable kit aims to build STEAM confidence

LEGO SPIKE Prime programmable kit aims to build STEAM confidence

It sounds like a fusion of Transformers and Amazon for gaming and, in reality, LEGO Education's latest product may actually have elements of those. This is, after all, what happens when you take a DIY robot that you can program like a game and sell as a commodity for kids of all ages to enjoy and learn from. LEGO SPIKE Prime takes all the company has learned from its years in education-oriented robotics and packages them into colorful kits that it hopes will spark the confidence young learners need to excel not just in STEAM subjects but in school overall as well.

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Mitsubishi reveals autonomous firefighting water cannon robot

Mitsubishi reveals autonomous firefighting water cannon robot

Engineers with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have taken the wraps off two newly developed creations: Water Cannon Robot and Hose Extension Robot. The two machines are designed to play an active role in helping extinguish fires that may be too hazardous for human firefighters, including fires that may form at chemical plants. The company conducted an open demonstration of the technology in Tokyo last week.

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Robotic exoskeleton “Guardian XO” purchased by U.S. Navy

Robotic exoskeleton “Guardian XO” purchased by U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy has partnered with a robotics company to augment the physical capabilities of workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, a maintenance facility located in Washington state. Sarcos Robotics has been granted a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver a pre-production version of its "Guardian XO" robotic exoskeleton, which can be "worn" by people to better their abilities by providing attributes such as enhanced strength.

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Real T2 magnetic liquid metal means wobbly gadget future

Real T2 magnetic liquid metal means wobbly gadget future

Ever wonder that it'd take to make a Terminator robot out of liquid metal? A study was released with the American Chemical Study that showed the future of MLMD, a magnetic liquid metal droplet. It's not exactly ready to be used as a next-generation super soldier just yet, but it's the next big step. MLMD is created with a multimaterial system including liquid metals, iron particles, and electrolytes, and it's ready to stretch.

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These injectable nanobots can walk around inside a human body

These injectable nanobots can walk around inside a human body

Researchers have developed nanobots that can be injected using an ordinary hypodermic syringe, according to a new release. The nanobots are microscopic functioning robots with the ability to walk and withstand harsh environments. Each robot has a 70-micron length, which is about the width of a thin human hair, and a million can be produced from a single 4-inch silicon composite wafer.

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MIT Mini Cheetah robot shows off with backflips, ‘pronking,’ and more

MIT Mini Cheetah robot shows off with backflips, ‘pronking,’ and more

MIT's Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory has published a new video showing off its Mini Cheetah robot and a trick has learned: backflips. The robot features a four-legged design and weighs just under 20lbs; despite its mechanical nature, it is able to perform a backflip without any outside assistance. The robot is also shown on video running, rotating, and more.

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FedEx created this autonomous robot for local deliveries

FedEx created this autonomous robot for local deliveries

FedEx has announced a new autonomous delivery robot that's intended to handle same-day deliveries at a local level. A number of different companies have been testing autonomous delivery vehicles of their own for a while now, so it makes sense that FedEx - a company centered entirely around shipping - would want to throw its hat in the ring as well. The robot will enter testing this year, and FedEx has a number of partners that will help it put the delivery vehicle through its paces.

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Qualcomm wants to do for robots what Snapdragon did for phones

Qualcomm wants to do for robots what Snapdragon did for phones

Qualcomm's refrain may have been "5G, 5G, 5G" the last few months, but it's sneaking in some robots among its Mobile World Congress 2019 news. Qualcomm Technologies is announcing the Qualcomm Robotics RB3 Platform, a Snapdragon-based set of hardware and software intended to make building smart robots easier.

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NASA launches weekly Mars forecast site using InSight weather data

NASA launches weekly Mars forecast site using InSight weather data

NASA has launched a Mars weather service website courtesy of its InSight rover, the space agency has announced. The new site provides the public with a weekly Mars forecast, including high and low temperatures, wind speed, and pressure. The weekly forecast is joined by a historic data chart showing average and record temperatures for the Red Planet, offering a truly unique look at the foreign world.

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Sphero RVR details: The DIY do-anything robot

Sphero RVR details: The DIY do-anything robot

This morning Sphero revealed a project called Sphero RVR, a do-it-yourself robot. This robot works with simple-to-use software and 3rd-party hardware, and is part of a Kickstarter right out the gate. In less than 12 hours, the project reached $145k of its $150k goal (with 30 days left to go).

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MIT’s robot will dominate you in a game of Jenga

MIT’s robot will dominate you in a game of Jenga

The researchers at MIT are continually working on advances in robotics, and they are now showing off a new robot that combines vision and touch to teach itself to play the game of Jenga. Jenga is a game that has a series of stacked wooden blocks in layers. The goal is to push the blocks out of the tower without making the tower collapse.

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