University of Liverpool researchers have built an intelligent robot scientist that can work nonstop 24-7 and carry out experiments by itself. This robot can make its own decisions about which chemistry experiments to perform next, has humanoid dimensions and is capable of working in a standard laboratory using instruments just like a human researcher does. Unlike its real-life counterpart, this 881-pound robot can think in 10 dimensions, and works for 21.5 hours each day, pausing just to recharge. Read more for a video and additional information.
San Francisco-based Edge Innovations reveals an ultra realistic dolphin robot that can last over 10-years in salt water without any maintenance. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the current vision still does need to be remotely operated by a human, but one the bright side, itcan swim for up to 10-hours on a single charge of its battery. Read more for a video and additional information.
Unlike other robotic birds, Festo’s BionicSwift has a radio-based indoor GPS with ultra-wideband technology (UWB) to allow it to fly safely and in a coordinated pattern in a defined airspace. Its wings are modeled after the plumage of real birds and weighs just 42 grams despite having a body length of 44.5 centimeters as well as a wingspan of 68 centimeters. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA unveils the soccer ball-sized SPARROW (Steam Propelled Autonomous Retrieval Robot for Ocean Worlds) and it consists of a system of thrusters, avionics as well as instruments, all encased in a protective spherical cage. It runs on steam produced from melted ice to keep the environment pristine for research and travels through the air using short thrusts, or in other words, hopping. Read more for a video and additional information.
Sony’s AIBO robot dog has just received a new software update, and along with it, some new tricks. Now, it can greet users at the door after assigning a meeting place and it stores the location. A door icon will then appear on the map located in the app and then AIBO will use that information to predict when you’ll come home, waiting at the door or whatever place you assigned. Read more for a video and additional information.
Georgia Tech researchers have deployed a hyper-efficient SlothBot at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This robotic sloth is powered by pair of photovoltaic panels and designed to hang in the forest canopy continuously for months. It only moves when it must to measure environmental changes, like weather, animal movement and chemical factors. Read more for a video and additional information.
Boston Dynamics has been selling its Spot robot dog to select research facilities for around a year now, but today, the company announced that businesses in the United States are able to purchase it directly from their website. At $74500, Spot’s modular platform is designed to be easily-configurable using a number of accessories and add-ons available. Read more for a video showing how it works and additional information.
The LEGO Group has announced the first new MINDSTORMS set in years, and it’s the Robot Inventor 5-in-1 kit. Combining the LEGO building system with robotic and coding elements, you’ll be able to create anything imaginable, while developing the STEM skills that are essential to a child’s success. It lets you build five unique robots that can be programmed to walk, talk, think and do more than ever before. Read more for additional pictures and information.
When you think of Pixar robots, Wall-E and Eve probably come to mind, but ETH Zurich’s Ascento 2 wouldn’t look out of place alongside those two. It was developed by a group of engineering students and features a self-balancing design, powered by two wheels with built-in hub motors. If it encounters an obstacle, like a small step, it loads its spring-equipped legs before jumping forward. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Photo credit: Université de Sherbrooke
This isn’t a movie prop, but rather a real waist-mounted robotic arm developed by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada. Think of it as a hydraulic, remote-controlled supernumerary robotic arm, complete with 3 degrees of freedom, actuated by magnetorheological clutches and hydrostatic transmissions to mimic a real human arm. Read more for a video and additional information.