Soft electronics change the way robots can touch

Soft electronics are changing the way robots can touch. EPFL Scientists have developed a new soft robotic gripper -- made out of rubber and stretchable electrodes -- that can bend and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper, taking robotics to a whole new level. (Photo credit: EPFL Alain Herzog)

Have you ever rubbed a balloon in your hair to make it stick to the wall? This electrostatic stickiness called electroadhesion may change robotics forever. EPFL scientists have invented a new soft gripper that uses electroadhesion: flexible electrode flaps that act like a thumb-index duo. It …

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LittleBits Gizmos and Gadgets Kits

Invent 'til your heart's content with the Gizmos and Gadgets Kit. (Photo credit: LittleBits)

The latest kit by LittleBits — Gizmos and Gadgets — is perfect for budding inventors. It comes with everything you need to complete 12 projects, including a bubble blower, wireless doorbell, rotating light, and a two-wheeled, remote-controlled robot. Instructions for hundreds of other projects that make …

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Autonomous’ Deep Learning Robot

The Deep Learning Robot comes with software libraries and tools to help you build robot research applications. (Photo credit: Autonomous)

If you’re looking for a reliable, brainy, research robot, consider the Autonomous Deep Learning Robot. This bot is ideal for driving around your lab, with 3D vision. It also has a mic and speakers that are perfect for doing speech recognition, text-to-speech or natural language applications. …

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‘Squishy’ robot fingers aid deep sea exploration

Soft robotic gripper is attached (lower left) to the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) as it is lowered into the Red Sea for a test dive. (Photo credit: Kevin Galloway, Wyss Institute at Harvard University)

During a 2014 talk on his exploration of deep-sea coral reefs, Baruch College marine biologist David Gruber showed a video of clunky robotic hands collecting fragile specimens of coral and sponges from the ocean floor. Harvard engineer and roboticist Robert J. Wood was in the audience …

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One hundred robots that students and researchers can control

For now, the project centers on small robots like these. One day, project leader Magnus Egerstedt imagines creatures of all shapes and sizes will fill a larger Robotarium. (Photo credit: Raftermen Photography)

The Georgia Institute of Technology is building a new lab that will allow roboticists from around the country to conduct experiments remotely. Researchers from other universities, as well as middle and high school students, will schedule experiments, upload their own programming code, watch the robots in …

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Using the Force to Control Tiny Robots

This image shows how two microbots can be independently controlled when operating within a group, an advance aimed at using the tiny machines for applications such as advanced manufacturing and biomedical research. (Photo credit: Purdue University image/David Cappelleri)

Researchers are now able to control individual microrobots, using something likened to mini force fields. Until now it was only possible to control groups of microbots to move generally in unison, said David Cappelleri, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. “The reason we …

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Robotic Glove Could Aid in the Study of Brain and Muscle Function

A research team from the National University of Singapore has developed a new lightweight and smart rehabilitation device called EsoGlove to help patients who have lost their hand functions due to injuries or nerve-related conditions to restore their hand movements. (Photo credit: National University of Singapore)

Patients who have lost hand function due to injury or nerve-related conditions — such as stroke and muscular dystrophy — now have a chance of restoring their hand movement using a new, lightweight rehabilitation device, called EsoGlove. Made of soft materials, this novel device is an …

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Top Metal Chassis for Adafruit Rover

The main chassis of this Mini Rover from Adafruit measures 6.1" x 2.9" x 0.98" but can be cut or drilled, if necessary. (Photo credit: Adafruit)

If you’re looking for a handsome chassis for your robot that’s small, but has a little extra space up top, consider Adafruit’s Mini Robot Rover Chassis with a top metal plate. The plate adds a bit more storage that could be used in a myriad of ways. …

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Developing Code to Sense Human Intent

A role adaptation control scheme allows the leader or follower role of a robot to be adjusted continuously based on the sensed intention of a human collaborator. (Photo credit: A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research)

A robot’s role in a shared task could be continuously adjusted during the activity, thanks to a new adaptive robot control system that can sense whether a human operator wants to lead or follow. Developed by researchers at Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the …

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A Robot to Mother You

Mother, shown in the midst of many sensor "Cookies", tracks your habits using those sensors that you attach to items of interest. (Photo credit: Sen.se)

Could your home use a little more monitoring? Check out Mother: a robot designed to keep tabs on your home life, that’s making a stir at CES 2016. Weighing only 1 lb and standing just 6.3 inches tall, Mother seems portable, but really isn’t. She needs to …

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Makerarm: The Ultimate Multi-Tool

The Makerarm: A tool for many applications! (Photo credit: Makerarm)

Make what you want, when you want with the Makerarm. This desktop fabrication system consists of a robotic arm that has swappable attachments, for 3D printing, laser engraving, cutting, writing, plotting, and electronics assembly. The tool heads can be switched out in seconds. While small enough to mount …

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Special Joints Transform Household Objects Into a Robot

HandiMate helps kids build robots with any material sitting around the house. (Photo Credit: Purdue University)

Purdue University Professor of Mechanical Engineering Karthik Ramani has developed a new robot toy for kids called the HandiMate robot toolkit Unlike conventional kits that require kids to build a robot according to its manual, HandiMate—designed for ages 10 to 15—can be created with any material …

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Your Little Home BUDDY

Buddy can wake you up each morning, read recipes, entertain your kids, and call the grandparents via Skype. (Photo credit: Blue Frog Robotics.)

This little three-wheeled robot is designed to be a household companion, security system, entertainment center, and personal assistant. Known as BUDDY, the robot stands just 22-inches tall and weighs 5 kg. He features an 8-inch smart tablet with built in Wifi and bluetooth that can display an …

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