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Automated robotic device for faster blood testing

Automated robotic device for faster blood testing

Jun 18, 2018 United States
Researchers have created an automated blood drawing and testing device that provides rapid results, potentially improving the workflow in hospitals and other health-related institutions to allow health care practitioners to spend more time treating patients.
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Wave Power at least as important as Tidal Power

Wave Power at least as important as Tidal Power

Jun 15, 2018
Aquaculture is going offshore into the bigger waves and there is rapid proliferation of electricity-gobbling ocean floor mining robots, autonomous underwater vehicles, oil and gas subsea equipment and much more.
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Teaching chores to an artificial agent

Teaching chores to an artificial agent

Jun 15, 2018 United States
For many people, household chores are a dreaded, inescapable part of life that we often put off or do with little care. But what if a robot assistant could help lighten the load?
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Breakthrough in controlling DNA-based robots

Breakthrough in controlling DNA-based robots

Jun 14, 2018 United States
Researchers have devised a magnetic control system to make tiny DNA-based robots move on demand—and much faster than recently possible.
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Aerial robot that can morph in flight

Aerial robot that can morph in flight

Jun 13, 2018 France
Marking a world first, researchers have drawn inspiration from birds to design an aerial robot capable of altering its profile during flight. To reduce its wingspan and navigate through tight spaces, it can reorient its arms, which are equipped with propellers that let it fly like a helicopter.
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IDTechEx TVTeam of teen soccer robots represent Australia at World Cup

Team of teen soccer robots represent Australia at World Cup

Jun 13, 2018 Australia
A team of teen robots, dubbed NUbots, are set to represent Australia at the RoboCup soccer world championships in Montréal.
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Campus delivery robots

Campus delivery robots

Jun 12, 2018 United States
A UC Berkeley startup called Kiwi thinks they've cracked a way to efficiently use robots to deliver food to your door. The company plans to expand outside of Berkeley later this year.
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Nissan scores with Pitch-R robot

Nissan scores with Pitch-R robot

Jun 11, 2018 Ukraine
Nissan has unveiled an autonomous robot, which can draw football pitches wherever there is space.
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Robotic rehab device

Robotic rehab device

Jun 8, 2018 United States
Scientist examines the use of non-invasive technology to increase the restoration of arm/hands and leg/ankle movement after neurological injury such as stroke. Along with collaborators he developed interactive robotic assist devices, which move the paralyzed limb when the patient cannot, and knows not to assist when the patient can power the movement.
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IDTechEx TVDrones for good: using tech to help save entangle whales

Drones for good: using tech to help save entangle whales

Jun 7, 2018 United States
Every fall, pods of enormous humpback whales make their way towards Hawaii, where they can ride out the winter in warm waters of NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. For centuries humans have watched this noble migration with awe and wonder. But today, an ever-growing number of these amazing animals are finding themselves in grave danger, entrapped in fishing gear and other marine debris.
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IDTechEx TVCyborgs are coming: Improved integration of living muscles into robots

Cyborgs are coming: Improved integration of living muscles into robots

Jun 6, 2018 Japan
The new field of biohybrid robotics involves the use of living tissue within robots, rather than just metal and plastic. Muscle is one potential key component of such robots, providing the driving force for movement and function. However, in efforts to integrate living muscle into these machines, there have been problems with the force these muscles can exert and the amount of time before they start to shrink and lose their function.
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Stretchable hydrogels for high resolution multimaterial 3D printing

Stretchable hydrogels for high resolution multimaterial 3D printing

Jun 5, 2018 Singapore
Hydrogels, hydrophilic networks of polymeric chains capable of retaining a large amount of water, have been widely used in a variety of applications. Recent advances in highly stretchable hydrogels have extended their applications into the fields of soft robotics, transparent touch panels and other applications requiring large deformation.
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Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood

Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood

Jun 4, 2018 United States
Engineers have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria along with the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids.
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Flexible organic electronics mimic biological mechanosensory nerves

Flexible organic electronics mimic biological mechanosensory nerves

Jun 4, 2018 Kosovo
Researchers have developed artificial mechanosensory nerves using flexible organic devices to emulate biological sensory afferent nerves. They used the artificial mechanosensory nerves to control a disabled insect leg and distinguish braille characters.
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Making driverless cars change lanes more like human drivers do

Making driverless cars change lanes more like human drivers do

Jun 1, 2018 United States
In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one of two drawbacks: Either they rely on detailed statistical models of the driving environment, which are difficult to assemble and too complex to analyze on the fly; or they're so simple that they can lead to impractically conservative decisions, such as never changing lanes at all.
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Frozen yoghurt robots, eliminates need for staff

Frozen yoghurt robots, eliminates need for staff

May 31, 2018 United States, Canada
Launching off success in US markets, revolutionary frozen yogurt robots, are set to disrupt the industry in Canada.
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IDTechEx TVAutonomous robot weeder challenges traditional methods

Autonomous robot weeder challenges traditional methods

May 30, 2018 Switzerland
The robot works without being controlled by a human operator. It covers the ground just by getting its bearings and positioning itself with the help of its camera, GPS RTK and sensors. Its system of vision enables it to follow crop rows, and to detect the presence and position of weeds in and between the rows. Two robotic arms then apply a microdose of herbicide, systematically targeting the weeds that have been detected.
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Artificial intelligence in schools

Artificial intelligence in schools

May 29, 2018 New Zealand, China
A high school in China is using facial recognition technology to analyze the behavior of students in the classroom and AI is also being tested to mark student essays.
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IDTechEx TVAn elastic fiber set to revolutionize smart clothes

An elastic fiber set to revolutionize smart clothes

May 29, 2018 Switzerland
Scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibers. Their fibers have already been used as sensors on robotic fingers and in clothing. This breakthrough method opens the door to new kinds of smart textiles and medical implants.
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Sharing the workplace with robots?

Sharing the workplace with robots?

May 28, 2018 Europe
A research team is helping robot developers design machines less likely to injure the humans they work with. How? With their novel 'safety map'.
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BMW increases electric vehicle production

BMW increases electric vehicle production

May 28, 2018 Germany
The BMW Group is to invest more than €300 million in its Leipzig plant. Comprehensive construction work to extend and update the body and paint shops, assembly and logistics is already under way, laying the foundation for continued growth and the production of future models in Leipzig.