An efficient and cost effective new method of studying the movement of proteins in the body has been developed through an EU-funded project. By taking advantage of the fact that proteins and robot arms both move in a similar way, the COMPMECH team has been able to adapt certain algorithms to simulate protein behaviour.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded more than $2 million to fund projects led by Georgia Tech robotics researchers. The principal investigators (PIs) and co-PIs for these projects represent three of the Institute's six colleges, illustrating the interdisciplinary collaboration that distinguishes Tech as a leader in the national initiative to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States.
University of Miami physicist Neil Johnson discovered one reason for these 'flash freezes' may be the sudden emergence of mobs of ultrafast robots, which trade on the global markets and operate at speeds beyond human capability, thus overwhelming the system.
The next experiment from Rice University's Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory (MRSL) could happen on your desktop. The lab's researchers are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based upon data from five free online games that anyone can play.
Dash Robotics, founded by UC Berkeley alumni and students, unveiled a new high performance, low-cost 'origami' robot that runs fast on six legs, weighs only half an ounce and can be easily built at home.
A new prototype device for rapid and safe IV insertion reduces pain in hospitalized children. The semi-automatic handheld device, called SAGIV, identifies veins, inserts a needle and withdraws it in a single movement.
A robotic sensor placed in Puget Sound searches for signs of toxic algae and bacteria that contaminate seafood. A successful test run of the Stanford-affiliated project could lead to a network of robots patrolling the area, providing early warnings that could save millions of dollars annually.