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BirdBot is energy-efficient thanks to nature as a model

A team of scientists constructed a robot leg that, like its natural model, is very energy efficient. BirdBot benefits from a foot-leg coupling through a network of muscles and tendons that extends across multiple joints. In this way, BirdBot needs fewer motors than previous legged robots.

Mar 17th, 2022

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Safe and powerful robotics for near-human tasks

There are currently few concepts for robotic assistance in tasks, which involve close proximity to humans, like housekeeping and care. A new approach uses innovative switchable stiffnesses in robots to combine the required strength with the necessary safety.

Mar 16th, 2022

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Creating our robotic allies

When we think of having our own handy multi-purpose robots, we tend to picture something out of Star Wars or The Jetsons - but the useful technology of the 'future' may not be as far off as we think. Researchers show how robots can become our best allies.

Mar 10th, 2022

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Fingertip sensitivity for robots (w/video)

Striving to improve touch sensing in robotics, scientists developed a thumb-shaped sensor with a camera hidden inside and trained a deep neural network to infer its haptic contact information.

Feb 24th, 2022

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Introducing Nikola, the emotional android kid

Researchers have made an android child named Nikola that successfully conveys six basic emotions - happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust - which were generated by moving 'muscles' in Nikola's face. This is the first time that the quality of android-expressed emotion has been tested and verified for these six emotions.

Feb 16th, 2022

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