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 | Feb. 19, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

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

Robot beats people at quick, accurate blood draws

When tested with people with easy-to-access veins, a blood-drawing robot had a 97% success rate. That's just as good and even better than phlebotomists.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Feb. 11, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology blood blood-tests medical-devices medical-tests robots

Why leftover Cheerios stick together

The "Cheerio effect," a phenomenon that causes small objects to cluster on the surface of a liquid, could help design small aquatic robots, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology fluid-dynamics forces liquids robots self-assembly

Paper art inspires robots that go from 2D to 3D

Researchers have taken inspiration from the Japanese paper art of kirigami to make robotic devices that fold themselves into new shapes with a bit of heat.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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

Magnetic fields turn material bendy and twisty

Researchers can control the shape of a new material called a magnetic shape memory polymer with magnetic fields, which could be useful for future robots.

Josh Brown-Georgia Tech | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology magnetic-fields materials-science polymers robots

Robot speeds up polymer creation for better medical devices

The new system—featuring custom software and a liquid-handling robot—can create up to 384 different polymers at once, a huge increase over current methods.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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

New material offers lots of perks to soft robots

Soft robots and prosthetics could benefit from a new material that's conductive, lightweight, and heat-tolerant. Learn more in the video.

National University of Singapore | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology materials-science metals prostheses robots

Here’s where robots are replacing workers fastest

A new report looks at "robot intensity" since the Great Recession and finds where robots are replacing workers at the highest rates.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers | Nov. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology jobs manufacturing robots united-states

Trash talk from a robot dings human performance

Even mild trash talk from a robot is enough to throw people off their game, research finds. It's a test of how people react when robots aren't cooperative.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology communication competition robots

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

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