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Bouncing gel balls for energy and robotics

Bouncing gel balls for energy and robotics

Jul 26, 2017 Netherlands
Water droplets float in a hot pan because of the so-called Leidenfrost effect. Physicists have discovered a variation: the so-called Elastic Leidenfrost effect.
Will this Aussie robot be Amazon's pick of the bunch?

Will this Aussie robot be Amazon's pick of the bunch?

Jul 25, 2017 Australia
CartMan the logistics robot will pit its item-picking skills against 15 other international robots in the third annual Amazon Robotics Challenge.
Camera improves robot vision and virtual reality

Camera improves robot vision and virtual reality

Jul 24, 2017 United States
A new camera that builds on technology first described by researchers more than 20 years ago could generate the kind of information-rich images that robots need to navigate the world. This camera, which generates a four dimensional image, can also capture nearly 140 degrees of information.
Robot-supported innovations for electric vehicles

Robot-supported innovations for electric vehicles

Jul 24, 2017 Germany
Joint development of robot-based innovation concepts for vehicles of the future has now been agreed.
Robotics-based study provides insight into predator-prey interactions

Robotics-based study provides insight into predator-prey interactions

Jul 21, 2017 United States
Researchers have recently gained advanced understanding of a variety of processes through the information-theoretic concept of transfer entropy.
Finding leaks while they're easy to fix

Finding leaks while they're easy to fix

Jul 20, 2017 United States
Access to clean, safe water is one of the world's pressing needs, yet today's water distribution systems lose an average of 20 percent of their supply because of leaks. These leaks not only make shortages worse but also can cause serious structural damage to buildings and roads by undermining foundations.
Helping robots learn to see in 3D

Helping robots learn to see in 3D

Jul 19, 2017 United States
Autonomous robots can inspect nuclear power plants, clean up oil spills in the ocean, accompany fighter planes into combat and explore the surface of Mars. Yet for all their talents, robots still can't make a cup of tea.
Pushing the limits of athletic performance

Pushing the limits of athletic performance

Jul 19, 2017 1 United States
Researchers have designed an energy-harvesting shoe to convert each stride into power. Air bladders embedded in the sole of the shoe convert the foot's impact into airflow along the runner's gait.
Soft and stretchy fabric-based sensors for wearable robots

Soft and stretchy fabric-based sensors for wearable robots

Jul 18, 2017
A team of researchers has created a highly sensitive soft capacitive sensor made of silicone and fabric that moves and flexes with the human body to unobtrusively and accurately detect movement.
Solar panel cleaning robot

Solar panel cleaning robot

Jul 18, 2017 Netherlands, Hungary
t a solar energy farm just outside Budapest in Hungary, a cleaning robot is industriously getting on with today's task. Hundreds of square metres of solar panels are waiting to be cleaned - as quickly and effectively as possible. And without the use of chemicals or any unwanted discharges to the natural environment. The robot is the result of a joint project between Norwegian researchers and the Hungarian company ProDSP Technology.
Fastbrick Robotics enters agreement with Caterpillar

Fastbrick Robotics enters agreement with Caterpillar

Jul 18, 2017 Australia
Australian robotic technology company, Fastbrick Robotics Limited has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Caterpillar Inc to discuss and develop a potential framework for collaboration regarding the development, manufacturing, sales, and services of Fastbrick Robotics' robotic bricklaying technology.
Composites, Drones & LPWAN IDTechEx #TechRoundUp

Composites, Drones & LPWAN IDTechEx #TechRoundUp

Jul 17, 2017 11
Dr Laura Baers & Dr Richard Collins discuss composites and their uses in drones and enabling internet infrastructure.
Low-cost smart glove translates American Sign Language into text

Low-cost smart glove translates American Sign Language into text

Jul 17, 2017 United States
Engineers have developed a smart glove that wirelessly translates the American Sign Language alphabet into text and controls a virtual hand to mimic sign language gestures.