Will COVID-19 spur new robot ‘friends’ and helpers?

Socially assistive robots interact with people and can do chores, help in health care, and offer emotional support. Will the pandemic make them catch on?

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 robots science-and-technology society-and-culture

Color camera teaches kitchen robots to grab clear stuff

Kitchen robots can do a lot of things but picking up a clear or shiny object remains the things of robot nightmares. A color camera may solve the problem.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots color cameras science-and-technology shapes

Teeny robots get a speed boost from origami folding

Origami has inpsired a new kind of microbot that can fold itself. It could be useful in fields like medical equipment and infrastructure sensing.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: robots temperature self-assembly featured science-and-technology origami

Grief tweets about Mars rover sound very ‘human’

New research examines how people articulate their sadness when a robot "dies," such as NASA's Opportunity rover.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media robots death emotions science-and-technology society-and-culture

Artificial brain gives robot the smarts for complex tasks

Researchers gave a new robot a "brain", human-like "skin," and vision sensors. The result? A much smarter robot.

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence robots brains touch sensors biomimicry science-and-technology

Robotic hand uses soft touch to grip and grab

A new robotic hand may offer just the right touch for automated packaging, medical applications, and picking fruit.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots touch science-and-technology hands

Get a bug’s eye view from a tiny ‘beetle backpack’ camera

"We have created a low-power, low-weight, wireless camera system that can capture a first-person view of what's happening from an actual live insect..."

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: insects robots vision cameras featured science-and-technology wearable-devices

Should chatbots field our questions about COVID-19?

A new study tested how people perceived chatbots that answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms.

George Vlahakis-Indiana • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence covid-19 robots jobs health-and-medicine

Jellyfish robot outswims the real thing

A new kind of soft robot gets its moves from jellyfish. But the robots can outpace the real-life ocean animals by a fair bit.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robots swimming biomimicry featured science-and-technology speed

Watch an acrobatic drone pull off great stunts

A new drone can pull off acrobatic maneuvers like barrel rolls or loops. More than just looking cool, it could be a step to autonomous flying robots.

U. Zurich • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots sensors drones algorithms featured science-and-technology flight

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