Gimball bumps into and ricochets off of obstacles, rather than avoiding them. This 34-cm in diameter spherical flying robot buzzes around the most unpredictable, chaotic environments, without the need for fragile detection sensors.
Providing surgical robots with a new kind of machine intelligence that significantly extends their capabilities and makes them much easier and more intuitive for surgeons to operate is the goal of a major new grant announced as part of the National Robotics Initiative.
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NASA, announced new investments totaling approximately $38 million for the development and use of robots that cooperatively work with people to enhance individual human capabilities, performance and safety.
Jellyfish are one of the most energetically efficient natural propulsors on the planet, according to Shashank Priya, professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. He led a study highlighting the motion of the jellyfish.
Teaching two-legged robots a stable, robust 'human' way of walking - this is the goal of the international research project KoroiBot with scientists from seven institutions from Germany, France, Israel, Italy and the Netherlands.
RoCKIn is short for 'Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics' and it is an EU-funded Coordination Action aiming at the promotion of research and education through competitions.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed software that allows them to map unknown environments - such as collapsed buildings - based on the movement of a swarm of insect cyborgs, or 'biobots'.
An innovative program that introduces robotic technology into non-technical middle school classes will be used by suburban Pittsburgh and rural West Virginia schools in a federally funded research project to identify and nurture students with an affinity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that older and younger people have varying preferences about what they would want a personal robot to look like. And they change their minds based on what the robot is supposed to do.