Wiggly ‘Mini Rover’ can handle otherworldly sand traps

A new kind of "mini rover" moves in could go places that other wheeled rovers couldn't, such as up a sandy hill.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology mars movement planets robots space

Cheetah-inspired soft robot ‘gallops’ with super-speed

A new soft robot that gets its inspiration from the biomechanics of cheetahs moves more quickly on solid surfaces than earlier versions. And it can swim faster, too.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry robots speed

Cheetah-inspired soft robot ‘gallops’ with super-speed

A new soft robot that gets its inspiration from the biomechanics of cheetahs moves more quickly on solid surfaces than earlier versions. And it can swim faster, too.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry robots speed

Gender bias doesn’t affect how we view robots

People gender robots, but it doesn't affect how we view their competence at different tasks, new research finds. We just think they're bad at most jobs.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-and-technology beliefs bias gender humor robots social-lives

Wireless charging method could power moving cars

A new wireless charging technique could keep robots, drones, and, one day, potentially moving cars juiced up, researchers say.

Edmund L. Andrews-Stanford • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology cars drones electric-vehicles infrastructure robots

Tiny zaps could steady human hands for robotic surgery

The method could help give surgeons more feedback about how close they are to soft tissue during robot-assisted surgery, researchers say.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-and-medicine hands physicians robots surgery

‘Dodgeball’ drone flies fast and avoids incoming stuff

Drones aren't great at avoiding obstacles—especially when they move quickly. New technology takes a step toward solving the problem.

Kurt Bodenmueller-U. Zurich • futurity
March 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology algorithms cameras drones robots

‘Balloon art’ soft robot doesn’t need to plug in

A new human-scale soft robot can move untethered from a power source and navigate human environments. Here's how it could be useful.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology robots

Singer-songwriter robot is heading out on tour

Shimon, a singer-songwriter robot, will drop its album on Spotify later in the year. You can listen to Shimon's first single, "Into Your Mind," now.

Joshua Stewart-Georgia Tech • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology machine-learning music robots singing

Watch 2 robots work together to make a hot dog

Watch a pair of robots, named Jaco and Baxter, to make a hot dog. It's a tasty proof of concept for more complex machine learning tasks.

Boston University • futurity
Feb. 19, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology artificial-intelligence food machine-learning robots

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