Nanomagnets power micromachine bird

Watch an origami crane-like micromachine bird moves its wings and neck. Programmable nanomagnets make it work.

ETH Zurich | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology magnets nanotechnology robots

Chameleons’ weird speedy tongues inspire faster soft robots

The way chameleons catch live insects in the blink of an eye could one day lead to soft robots capable of quickly and accurately completing automated tasks.

Chris Adam-Purdue | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry robots speed

How flies stick a landing upside down could inspire new robots

The way insects land upside down in the blink of an eye could inspire the next generation of robots, researchers say.

Megan Lakatos-Penn State | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry flies flight insects robots

We blame robots for work accidents when they’re autonomous

A new finding "addresses a fundamental issue: when do we transfer responsibility for an error from a human to a robot?"

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 17, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture beliefs jobs robots

Watch a roofing drone fire its nail gun

A drone called an octocopter is learning to do roofing work, including firing an electric nail gun.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Sept. 25, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology drones jobs robots

Robot made with smaller bots has a funky way of getting around

When a set of small, flapping robots combine their efforts, they get around in a unique, wiggling way. Check out this video to see them in action.

John Toon-Georgia Tech | Sept. 20, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology locomotion robots

Robotic fish predator strikes fear into invasive species

Robotic fish may help control one of the world's most problematic invasive species by mimicking their natural predators.

Karl Greenberg-NYU | Sept. 16, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology biomimicry fish invasive-species robots

Robotic gripper is gentle enough to handle eggs

A robotic gripper's gentle grasp could make it a safer coworker on an assembly line, say researchers.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Sept. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology hands robots touch

Lights and magnets get soft robots to change shape

A new method uses light and magnetic fields to get soft robots to move around and change shapes.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Sept. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology materials-science polymers robots

Computer model turns text into animation

A new computer model takes text describing physical actions and turns them into animation, which could pave the way for turning scripts into movies.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | Sept. 10, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology artificial-intelligence computers film language robots

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