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Origami-inspired miniature manipulator improves precision and control of teleoperated surgical procedures

Origami-inspired miniature manipulator improves precision and control of teleoperated surgical procedures

Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, in which a surgeon uses tools and a tiny camera inserted into small incisions to perform operations, has made surgical procedures safer for both patients and doctors over the last half-century.

Tech Xplore October 8, 2020
Robotic arms extend the reach of UV disinfection

Robotic arms extend the reach of UV disinfection

Since the pandemic began, people are focused on keeping their home and workspaces squeaky clean as an important step to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hospitals and labs, especially, are meticulous.

Tech Xplore October 8, 2020
Study examines robotic exoskeletons and bodily fit

Study examines robotic exoskeletons and bodily fit

A shoddily tailored suit or a shrunken T-shirt may not be the most stylish, but wearing them is unlikely to hurt more than your reputation. An ill-fitting robotic exoskeleton on the battlefield or factory floor, however, could be a much bigger problem than a fashion faux pas.

Tech Xplore October 8, 2020
Connected Roombas get smarter with iRobot’s ‘Genius’ update

Connected Roombas get smarter with iRobot’s ‘Genius’ update

For iRobot, much of the last several years has been devoted to making its line of home-cleaning robots smarter. There hasn’t been much in the way of new hardware in a while, as the company focuses on things like connectivity, smart home integration and smarter cleaning. This latest update touches on all three, but primarily focuses on the latter.

Tech Crunch October 8, 2020
Exploring the interactions between sound, action and vision in robotics

Exploring the interactions between sound, action and vision in robotics

In recent years, researchers have developed a growing amount of computational techniques to enable human-like capabilities in robots. Most techniques developed so far, however, merely focus on artificially reproducing the senses of vision and touch, disregarding other senses, such as auditory perception.

Tech Xplore October 7, 2020
THEaiTRE: A theatre play written entirely by machines

THEaiTRE: A theatre play written entirely by machines

Researchers at Charles University, Švanda Theater and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague are currently working on an intriguing research project that merges artificial intelligence and robotics with theater. Their project’s main objective is to use artificial intelligence to create an innovative theatrical performance, which is expected to premiere in January 2021.

Tech Xplore October 7, 2020
The Internet of Bodies Is Here: Tackling new challenges of technology governance

The Internet of Bodies Is Here: Tackling new challenges of technology governance

Recent technological advancements have ushered in a new era of the “internet of bodies” (IoB), with an unprecedented number of connected devices and sensors being affixed to or even implanted and ingested into the human body.

World Economic Forum October 7, 2020
Image processing algorithm allows indoor drones to fly autonomously

Image processing algorithm allows indoor drones to fly autonomously

A research team from Japan has developed a single-camera machine vision algorithm, making it possible for lightweight hovering indoor robots to guide themselves by identifying and interpreting reference points on a tiled floor.

Tech Xplore July 29, 2020
Where Is Robotics Heading? Perspectives From iRobot (Colin Angle), Stanley Black & Decker, And Robots In Service Of The Environment

Where Is Robotics Heading? Perspectives From iRobot (Colin Angle), Stanley Black & Decker, And Robots In Service Of The Environment

The dream of robots and intelligent machines that can perform a wide array of tasks has been around in the common visions and fantasies of people for centuries.

Forbes July 26, 2020
Researchers give robots intelligent sensing abilities to carry out complex tasks

Researchers give robots intelligent sensing abilities to carry out complex tasks

Picking up a can of soft drink may be a simple task for humans, but this is a complex task for robots—it has to locate the object, deduce its shape, determine the right amount of strength to use, and grasp the object without letting it slip.

Tech Xplore July 15, 2020
A transparent artificial muscle to enable camouflaging in soft robots

A transparent artificial muscle to enable camouflaging in soft robots

The ability to become transparent is a considerable evolutionary advantage, as it allows animals to blend in with their environment, avoid predators and mask their movements. Robots with similar capabilities could be of great value for a number of applications, for instance, aiding surveillance and research that involves observing animals in their natural habitat.

Tech Xplore July 14, 2020
Robotic gripper with soft, sensitive fingers can handle cables with unprecedented dexterity

Robotic gripper with soft, sensitive fingers can handle cables with unprecedented dexterity

For humans, it can be challenging to manipulate thin flexible objects like ropes, wires, or cables. But if these problems are hard for humans, they are nearly impossible for robots. As a cable slides between the fingers, its shape is constantly changing, and the robot’s fingers must be constantly sensing and adjusting the cable’s position and motion.

Tech Xplore July 14, 2020
NVIDIA Launches New Ampere Architecture, Infrastructure, Robotics And Automotive Technologies At GTC 2020

NVIDIA Launches New Ampere Architecture, Infrastructure, Robotics And Automotive Technologies At GTC 2020

NVIDIA rolled out its announcements in nine video chapters and I thought it made sense to roll out my coverage of GTC 2020 aligned with most of those eight chapters.

Forbes May 14, 2020
How coronavirus set the stage for a techno-future with robots and AI

How coronavirus set the stage for a techno-future with robots and AI

Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of relying on computers and robotics, and checking out groceries by simply picking them off the shelf doesn’t seem so peculiar after all.

Tech Xplore May 7, 2020
Top VCs discuss how COVID-19 is impacting robotics

Top VCs discuss how COVID-19 is impacting robotics

In the space of several weeks, COVID-19 has transformed countless industries and will continue to do so in ways we can only imagine.

Tech Crunch May 7, 2020
Developing AI robots for healthcare

Developing AI robots for healthcare

A robot that can measure the body temperature of people, for example in the waiting rooms of the hospital, is under development by researchers at Umeå University and the University Hospital of Umeå.

Tech Xplore May 4, 2020