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Bio-inspired robotic finger looks, feels and works like the real thing

Most robotic parts used to today are rigid, have a limited range of motion and don't really look lifelike. Inspired by nature and biology, a scientist has designed a novel robotic finger using shape memory alloy, a 3-D CAD model of a human finger, a 3-D printer and a unique thermal training technique. This bio-inspired robotic finger could ultimately be adapted to use as a prosthetic device, like a prosthetic hand.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2015

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Robots - our new underwater 'astronauts'

Soon it may be easier to design, plan and carry out infrastructure operations in deep water. The EU project called SWARMs aims to achieve this by integrating autonomous vehicles such as ROVs and AUVs.

Posted: Sep 28th, 2015

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Kontur-2 - Controlling robots remotely from space

Although only about 400 kilometres separate the Kontur-2 joystick and the German Aerospace Center ROKVISS robot, the remote control operations that took place on 18 August 2015 were truly special: Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, flying aboard the International Space Station over Earth at 28,000 kilometres per hour, controlled the robot on the ground while in microgravity.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2015

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