The way roaches run could teach robots a thing or two

A better understanding of how cockroaches scurry could speed up work to get robots to move naturally.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech | Aug. 23, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry insects movement robots

‘MacGyver’ robot builds tools with what’s on hand

A new robot can make tools from separate parts by reasoning about shape, function, and how they can fit together—a technique known as "MacGyvering."

David Mitchell-GaTech | Aug. 15, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology machine-learning robots shapes

Watch: Robot maps underground mine with Wi-Fi ‘breadcrumb trail’

Scientists are going head to head in a competition to make a robot that can map and navigate dark underground environments.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | Aug. 13, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology drones internet rescue robots

How birds perch could lead to nimbler flying robots

Engineers hope that watching how a bird can stick a landing on a non-stick surface will help them design better flying robots.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Aug. 7, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology birds flight robots

Roach-sized robot is fast, tough, and super strong

A tiny robot that has the speed and toughness of a cockroach can withstand 1 million times its own weight—a big advantage in search and rescue missions.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry insects movement robots

Electronic skin could give prosthetics a better sense of touch

A new electronic skin may one day give robots and prosthetic devices a sense of touch that rivals the real thing.

National University of Singapore | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology nerves prostheses robots skin touch

Camera can ‘see’ moving stuff around corners

A new camera system that can watch moving objects around corners could one day help autonomous cars and robots see better.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | July 31, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology cameras lasers robots self-driving-cars

Rat brains have special map cells for navigation

A part of the brain called the striatum helps rats make a mental map of their surroundings, research finds. The findings could improve autonomous robots.

Boston University | July 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology brains navigation rats robots self-driving-cars

Feeling fond of robots makes for better teams

Teamwork improves when we develop an emotional attachment to the robots on our teams, research finds. But can it go too far?

Laurel Thomas-Michigan | July 24, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology emotions jobs robots social-lives

‘Micro-bristle bot’ is so small it’s hard to see

Tiny 3D-printed 'micro-bristle-bots' move by harnessing vibrations. One day they could monitor the environment or repair injuries in the body.

John Toon-Georgia Tech | July 18, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology 3d-printing robots tiny vibration

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