NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robot (LEMUR) was initially designed to make repairs on the International Space Station, but after that program ended, it has its sights set much higher. Engineers are testing the robot and using the gathered data with LEMUR to further explore robots that will eventually land on Mars and beyond. Read more for a video and additional information.
Engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have built a mini Mars rover using 3D printers and commercially available components. To be more specific, it’s based on the Resource Prospector 15 (RP15) prototype from 2015 that uses 12 different motors to drive its four wheels. This miniature version can crawl or paddle out of obstacles. Read more for a video and additional information.
Rocos, a robot operations software platform, has partnered with Boston Dynamics, a leader in mobile robotics, to enhance Spot’s existing capabilities. When combined with the Rocos platform, Spot can be managed from a remote location, with missions designed and edited on the fly. This enables sensor data to be collected on the mission and accessed by remote teams. Read more to see how it performs as a sheep herder.
NASA’s RASSOR (Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot), pronounced “Razor”, is a lunar robot capable of autonomously excavating soil when it is near completion. Featuring a small tank-like chassis, complete with a drum excavator and side mounted arms that can help it climb over obstacles that may be in its way. Read more for two videos and additional information.
We have seen the future of companion robots, and it all starts with Moxie by Embodied Inc. This animated companion is designed to help promote social, emotional and cognitive development through everyday play-based learning and captivating content. It uses the SocialX platform to allow children to engage with Moxie through natural interaction. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Remember the “Metalhead” episode in the Black Mirror series? If so, you’ll probably recall the robotic dogs chasing Bella (Maxine Peake) after the unexplained collapse of human society. These machines was inspired by Boston Dynamics’ BigDog, but a group of Stanford students decided to create their own miniature version on a shoestring budget. Read more for a video and additional information.
Anker’s Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S has been voted best in its class for many reasons, and it can be picked up for $159.99 shipped, today only, originally $229.99. Worried about noise? It cleans with the equivalent sound of a running microwave, and measures just 2.85-inches tall to clean under low-hanging furniture with ease. The 3-point cleaning system, BoostIQ technology, and up to 1300Pa of suction power ensure that your floors as well as carpets are clean as can be. Product page.
Let’s face it, even professional basketball players miss shots, even in the most crucial of times, but what if there was a way for common folk to avoid this issue? Inventor Shane Wighton has just the creation. He came up with a robotic basketball hoop that makes use of complex mathematical algorithms to determine the perfect elliptic parabola shape for the backboard. Read more for a video and additional information.
Researchers, inspired by the biomechanics of cheetahs, have invented a new type of soft robotics capable of moving more quickly than previous generations on solid surfaces or in the water. Previous soft robots could move at 0.8 body lengths per second on flat, solid surfaces, but this new class of soft robots, which are called “Leveraging Elastic instabilities for Amplified Performance” (LEAP), are able to reach speeds of up to 2.7 body lengths per second at a low actuation frequency of 3Hz. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Prokop Strnka via Yanko Design
Industrial designer Prokop Strnka imagines that Tesla will eventually invest in more home-based products, in addition to solar panels and battery packs. Introducing the Tesla G. This autonomous lawnmower uses Tesla’s autopilot algorithm and technology to actively scan its environments to ensure a clean cut. Sensors automatically differentiate between grass, plants, and weeds, while actively avoiding obstacles or driving on to the sidewalk. Read more for additional pictures.