Bristlebots are robots without sensors or brains that do things that robots without sensors or brains do. As it turns out, this is a lot more than you might expect, since researchers at Harvard have shown that if you stick enough of them in a small space, they self-organize into swarms.
A team from Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center is building a new class of robot to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge - a human-size robot that moves, not by walking, but on rubberized tracks on the extremities of each of its four limbs.
Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and four collaborating institutions have evaluated the effectiveness of a novel curriculum to safely train surgeons on the da Vinci Surgical System, which is used to perform robot-assisted surgeries.
Researchers of five European universities have developed a cloud-computing platform for robots. The platform allows robots connected to the Internet to directly access the powerful computational, storage, and communications infrastructure of modern data centers for robotics tasks and robot learning.
Every year thousands of people in Europe are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Many are young adults, facing the rest of their lives confined to a wheelchair. Although no medical cure currently exists, in the future they could be able to walk again thanks to a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton being developed by EU-funded researchers.
The EU funded European research project FILOSE has developed robots with a new sense - lateral line sensing. All fish have this sensing organ but so far it had no technological counterpart on man-made underwater vehicles.
On April 25, entrepreneurs, robot developers and end-users meet at the event Robotics Innovation Challenge (RIC) in Eskilstuna, Sweden, to share thoughts and ideas on the challenges and opportunities for successful commercialization of new robot innovations. A strong trio of keynote speakers open the event; Dan Kara, Erin Rapacki and Renaud Champion.
Running cockroaches start to recover from being shoved sideways before their dawdling nervous system kicks in to tell their legs what to do, researchers have found. These new insights on how biological systems stabilize could one day help engineers design steadier robots and improve doctors' understanding of human gait abnormalities.