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Robots and drones: addressing agriculture's long-term challenges

Robots and drones: addressing agriculture's long-term challenges

Apr 20, 2018 Worldwide
Agriculture is facing major long-term challenges. Some forecasts suggest that world population is set to grow by 2.3 billion by 2050. This, together with rising global income levels that typically increase food demand per capital, would require raising food production in 2050 by 70% compared to 2005 levels.
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Huge prizes for avoiding the coming flood of electronic poisons

Huge prizes for avoiding the coming flood of electronic poisons

Apr 19, 2018
The new IDTechEx report "Toxicant Materials and Alternatives in Electronics/ Electrics 2018-2028" reveals a disturbing pipeline of potentially poisonous electronic and electrical devices being introduced every year for the next ten years. However, it also identifies many escape routes.
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3D printed house points the way to sustainable construction industry

3D printed house points the way to sustainable construction industry

Apr 19, 2018 Italy
Printed on-site by a portable robot, the house showcases the role 3D printing can play in reducing construction waste; it increases efficiencies during the building process and allows materials to be reused at the end of the building's life, rather than ending up as landfill.
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First 'Toxicant Replacement Hero' Award Presented at the IDTechEx Show

First 'Toxicant Replacement Hero' Award Presented at the IDTechEx Show

Apr 18, 2018
Quantum Technology Supersensors were the first recipients of the new IDTechEx award for a 'Toxicant Replacement Hero' in Berlin.
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New robot for skull base surgery is very accurate

New robot for skull base surgery is very accurate

Apr 18, 2018 Netherlands
Researchers have developed a surgery robot with sub-millimeter precision, the robot can automatically and safely mill a cavity of the desired shape and dimensions into a skull.
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Powering up agricultural automation

Powering up agricultural automation

Apr 17, 2018 New Zealand
Robotics Plus Ltd announced that they have secured investment from Yamaha Motor Co Ltd to power up agricultural automation.
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Next generation back-packable robot

Next generation back-packable robot

Apr 13, 2018 United States
Endeavor Robotics announced that it has won the Engineering Manufacturing Development contract for the US Army's Common Robotic System-Individual program.
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Fetch Robotics announces CartConnect and RollerTop robots

Fetch Robotics announces CartConnect and RollerTop robots

Apr 12, 2018 United States
Fetch Robotics announced the expansion of its VirtualConveyor family of Autonomous Mobile Robots with the addition of CartConnect and RollerTop robots for the most flexible and broad range of workflows for material handling and transport.
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Marsbee - swarm of flapping wing flyers for enhanced mars exploration

Marsbee - swarm of flapping wing flyers for enhanced mars exploration

Apr 10, 2018 United States
Marsbees are robotic flapping wing flyers of a bumblebee size with cicada sized wings. The Marsbees are integrated with sensors and wireless communication devices.
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Garbage-collecting aqua drones, jellyfish filters for cleaner oceans

Garbage-collecting aqua drones, jellyfish filters for cleaner oceans

Apr 9, 2018 United States
A Roomba-like ocean trash collector modelled on a whale shark and a microplastic filter made from jellyfish slime could prevent litter from entering our oceans and help tackle a growing problem that poses threats to wildlife, deters tourists and impacts on coastal economies.
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Fastest delivery drone in the world

Fastest delivery drone in the world

Apr 6, 2018 United States, Tanzania, Rwanda
Zipline's mission is to bring life-saving medicine to the most difficult to reach places on the planet. The company operates the world's first and only national scale drone delivery system, making thousands of deliveries per year. Zipline's newest generation of autonomous aircraft flies farther, faster and with more cargo than was ever before possible— even in high altitude, heavy wind, or rain.
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Robot designed to defend factories against cyberthreats

Robot designed to defend factories against cyberthreats

Apr 5, 2018 United States
It's small enough to fit inside a shoebox, yet this robot on four wheels has a big mission: keeping factories and other large facilities safe from hackers.
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Lightweight exoskeleton to aid skiers

Lightweight exoskeleton to aid skiers

Apr 4, 2018 United States
A mobile exoskeleton that will help to improve endurance, safety, and experience for skiers and snowboarders.
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IDTechEx TVSoft robotic fish swims alongside real ones

Soft robotic fish swims alongside real ones

Apr 3, 2018 United States
Even with many technological advances in recent years, it remains a challenging task to document marine life up close. But scientists believe they have a possible solution: using robots.
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Robots in rural settings

Robots in rural settings

Apr 2, 2018 India
In a new human-robot interaction study, a team took a water hauling robot to a village in Rural India. Water transport is a real problem in India, as over half of the population doesn't have tap water at home.
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€6.3m Irish drone research project

€6.3m Irish drone research project

Mar 30, 2018 United Kingdom
The programme will see researchers recreate flying environments for drones as digital models, taking into account a wide range of factors like air traffic, buildings and electricity lines, and then testing them in the real world at Waterford Airport and other selected locations around Ireland.
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Origami-inspired self-locking foldable robotic arm

Origami-inspired self-locking foldable robotic arm

Mar 29, 2018 Korea
A research team has developed an origami-inspired robotic arm that is foldable, self-assembling and also highly-rigid.
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Geely, L'Oréal, Arsenal FC and PolyPhotonix to Open the IDTechEx Show!

Geely, L'Oréal, Arsenal FC and PolyPhotonix to Open the IDTechEx Show!

Mar 28, 2018
The IDTechEx Show! in Berlin, Germany, on April 11-12 is the key meeting place for those involved in technology scouting and product innovation, bringing together emerging technologies with global brands.
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Plant-inspired material could help clean up oil spills

Plant-inspired material could help clean up oil spills

Mar 28, 2018 United States
Using 3-D printing researchers have successfully mimicked a biological phenomenon in plant leaves called the "Salvinia effect."
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Robot-mounted vacuum grippers flex their artificial muscles

Robot-mounted vacuum grippers flex their artificial muscles

Mar 27, 2018 Germany
A short electric pulse is all it takes to generate and release a powerful vacuum in the blink of an eye. The novel vacuum gripper robot arms to pick up objects and move them around freely in space. The system works without the need for compressed air to generate the vacuum, it is energy efficient, quiet and suitable for use in clean rooms.
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IDTechEx TVWhat to expect at the IDTechEx Show! Europe 2018

What to expect at the IDTechEx Show! Europe 2018

Mar 26, 2018
Connecting Emerging Technologies With Global Brands 11 - 12 April 2018 | Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany