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Stretchable rubber packs a thermal conductive punch

Stretchable rubber packs a thermal conductive punch

Feb 21, 2017 United States
Researchers have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that represents a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics.
Ultrafast camera for self-driving vehicles and drones

Ultrafast camera for self-driving vehicles and drones

Feb 21, 2017 Singapore
Scientists have developed an ultrafast high-contrast camera that could help self-driving cars and drones see better in extreme road conditions and in bad weather.
Robots and AI: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules

Robots and AI: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules

Feb 20, 2017 Europe
EU-wide rules are needed for the fast-evolving field of robotics, e.g. to enforce ethical standards or establish liability for accidents involving driverless cars, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday.
Bridging simulator-to-reality gap with aerial informatics and robotics

Bridging simulator-to-reality gap with aerial informatics and robotics

Feb 17, 2017 United States
Machine learning is becoming an increasingly important artificial intelligence approach to building autonomous and robotic systems. One of the key challenges with machine learning is the need for many samples — the amount of data needed to learn useful behaviors is prohibitively high.
Most stretchable elastomer for 3D printing

Most stretchable elastomer for 3D printing

Feb 17, 2017 Singapore
Due to its excellent material properties of elasticity, resilience, and electrical and thermal insulation, elastomers have been used in a myriad of applications.
New drive for tiny vessels

New drive for tiny vessels

Feb 16, 2017 Germany
Nanorobots and other mini-vehicles might be able to perform important services in medicine one day - for example, by conducting remotely-controlled operations or transporting pharmaceutical agents to a desired location in the body.
Tiny drones as artificial pollinators

Tiny drones as artificial pollinators

Feb 15, 2017 Japan
As bees slip onto the endangered species list in the United States, researchers in Japan are pollinating lilies with insect-sized drones.
New metamaterials could improve energy absorption and harvesting

New metamaterials could improve energy absorption and harvesting

Feb 15, 2017 United States
The team is looking forward to leveraging these topological mechanical metamaterials for various applications, optimizing them, and carving devices out of them for applications in soft robotics, prosthetics and energy harvesting.
Automated surgical assistants and robotic catheters

Automated surgical assistants and robotic catheters

Feb 14, 2017 United States
In the operating room of the future, robots will be an integral part of the surgical team, working alongside human surgeons to make surgeries safer, faster and more precise.
Agility Robotics aims to revolutionize robot mobility

Agility Robotics aims to revolutionize robot mobility

Feb 13, 2017 United States
Legged locomotion may revolutionize robot mobility and enable robots to go anywhere people can go.
Rehab robotics to return mobility to ageing population

Rehab robotics to return mobility to ageing population

Feb 10, 2017 United States
Researchers predict that in the next five years, older people and others with mobility problems will be able to rent robotic exoskeletons that make dream vacations — as well as mundane tasks — a possibility.
Low-cost localisation system ready for market

Low-cost localisation system ready for market

Feb 9, 2017 United Kingdom
Oxbotica has announced the release of its pioneering camera-based localisation software for autonomous vehicles, Dub4.
4 million pound robotics boost for offshore windfarms

4 million pound robotics boost for offshore windfarms

Feb 8, 2017 United Kingdom
A collaboration has received funding to deliver a human-robotics hybrid solution for the maintenance and operation of offshore windfarms.