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Spherical induction motor eliminates robot's mechanical drive system

Spherical induction motor eliminates robot's mechanical drive system

Dec 5, 2016 United States
The spherical induction motor eliminates the mechanical drive systems that each used on previous ballbots. Because of this extreme mechanical simplicity, SIMbot requires less routine maintenance and is less likely to suffer mechanical failures.
Industry/government group for safe operation of space robotics

Industry/government group for safe operation of space robotics

Dec 2, 2016 United States
Recent technological advances have made the longstanding dream of on-orbit robotic servicing of satellites a near-term possibility.
Metallic glass gears make for graceful robots

Metallic glass gears make for graceful robots

Dec 1, 2016 United States
Gears are essential for precision robotics. They allow limbs to turn smoothly and stop on command; low-quality gears cause limbs to jerk or shake. If you're designing a robot to scoop samples or grip a ledge, the kind of gears you'll need won't come from a hardware store.
On-site robotic construction

On-site robotic construction

Nov 30, 2016 Switzerland
The new Mesh Mould building technology no longer uses the timber formwork. It combines the functions of the formwork and reinforcement into a steel wire grid, which is manufactured by a robot based on a computer model.
Toddler robots help solve how children learn

Toddler robots help solve how children learn

Nov 29, 2016 United Kingdom
Children learn new words using the same method as robots according to psychologists.
Optical trackers follow moving objects precisely

Optical trackers follow moving objects precisely

Nov 28, 2016 United States
Throwing a perfect strike in virtual bowling doesn't require your gaming system to precisely track the position and orientation of your swinging arm. But if you're operating a robotic forklift around a factory the ability to pinpoint exactly where it is in three-dimensional space is critical.
A new standard in robotics

A new standard in robotics

Nov 25, 2016 United States
Known as the Yale-CMU-Berkeley (YCB) Object and Model Set, the intent is to provide universal benchmarks for labs specializing in robotic manipulation and prosthetics around the world.
New ultrasound-powered actuator to develop micro robot

New ultrasound-powered actuator to develop micro robot

Nov 24, 2016 United States
The quest to develop a wireless micro-robot for biomedical applications requires a small-scale "motor" that can be wirelessly powered through biological media.
IDTechEx Show! Sees Substantial Growth

IDTechEx Show! Sees Substantial Growth

Nov 23, 2016 United States
Record growth and positive feedback from attendees at America's largest event on emerging technologies.
Starship pilot programs in Washington DC and Redwood City CA

Starship pilot programs in Washington DC and Redwood City CA

Nov 23, 2016 United States
Starship Technologies employs the only robotic delivery service in the world testing in real world environments and delivering to real customers. The robots have now covered over 12,600 miles around the world in 16 countries and 58 cities, coming into contact with over 2 million people.
Robot bartenders shake things up at sea

Robot bartenders shake things up at sea

Nov 22, 2016 United States
The robot bartenders can produce two drinks per minute and can make up to 1,000 each day. Guests create an order—whether a custom request or standard menu item—on a specially programmed tablet or with staff.
Creating robots that respond to human emotions

Creating robots that respond to human emotions

Nov 21, 2016 Taiwan
Lovotics refers to the research of the human-to-robot relationship. These relationships offer new possibilities for exploring the concept and possibilities of human love and robots that can mimic this love.
Energy-autonomous robots come closer

Energy-autonomous robots come closer

Nov 18, 2016 Netherlands
Future robots that continuously inspect dykes, don't come across an electrical charging station every few hours. Using a smart gear box for the robot, a researcher manages to drastically reduce the energy consumption. The energy-autonomous robot comes closer.