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Autonomous snake-like robots to support search-and-rescue teams

Autonomous snake-like robots to support search-and-rescue teams

Oct 24, 2017 United States
A team of researchers has received a three-year, $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to create autonomous snake-like robots that can navigate more naturally and easily through the rubble, confined spaces, and rough terrain left in the aftermath of a disaster and send images and information to search-and-rescue teams.
Octopus inspires 3-D texture morphing project

Octopus inspires 3-D texture morphing project

Oct 23, 2017 United States
A group is using the cephalopod as inspiration for a method to morph flat surfaces into three-dimensional ones on demand.
IDTechEx TVAustralia trials delivery drones

Australia trials delivery drones

Oct 20, 2017 Australia
Over the past few years, Project Wing has conducted thousands of flights to get their drone delivery technology ready for everyday use.
Record Number of Exhibitors for the IDTechEx Show! on Nov 15-16

Record Number of Exhibitors for the IDTechEx Show! on Nov 15-16

Oct 19, 2017
245 organizations from 23 countries will be exhibiting at the IDTechEx Show! on November 15-16 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California.
Flexible skin can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks

Flexible skin can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks

Oct 19, 2017 United States
Engineers have developed a flexible sensor "skin" that can be stretched over any part of a robot's body or prosthetic to accurately convey information about shear forces and vibration that are critical to successfully grasping and manipulating objects.
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer

Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer

Oct 18, 2017 United Kingdom
Researchers have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart.
Mobile warehouse and logistic robots: start-up scene is hot

Mobile warehouse and logistic robots: start-up scene is hot

Oct 17, 2017 Worldwide
In this article, we provide an overview explaining the major technology changes and market trends that underpin this growing interest. We will also consider how the future will look like, discussing the rapid rise and fall of multiple technologies.
First AI computer to make robotaxis a reality

First AI computer to make robotaxis a reality

Oct 17, 2017 Europe
NVIDIA has unveiled the world's first artificial intelligence computer designed to drive fully autonomous robotaxis.
A first for wearable optics, stretchy fiber to capture body motion

A first for wearable optics, stretchy fiber to capture body motion

Oct 16, 2017 United States
The exciting applications of wearable sensors have sparked a tremendous amount of research and business investment in recent years.
Singapore's first robot masseuse starts work

Singapore's first robot masseuse starts work

Oct 13, 2017 Singapore
The next time you visit a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic for a stiff back, don't be surprised if Emma the robot is your masseuse.
IDTechEx TVHow many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb?

How many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Oct 12, 2017 United States
How many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb? The answer: just one, assuming you're talking about a new robotic gripper developed by engineers.
IDTechEx TVFirst fully autonomous rail journey in Western Australia

First fully autonomous rail journey in Western Australia

Oct 11, 2017 Australia
Rio Tinto has successfully completed the first fully autonomous rail journey at its iron ore operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia as the company progresses toward full commissioning of the AutoHaul® project in late 2018.
Robotic bugs train insects to be helpers

Robotic bugs train insects to be helpers

Oct 10, 2017 Europe
Tiny mobile robots are learning to work with insects in the hope the creatures' sensitive antennae and ability to squeeze into small spaces can be put to use serving humans.
IDTechEx TVThe future of drone delivery

The future of drone delivery

Oct 9, 2017 United Kingdom
Reimagining the future of on-demand deliveries, a drone delivery concept that can deliver a package straight to the hands of its recipient, no matter their location.
Trial of drone and van delivery service

Trial of drone and van delivery service

Oct 6, 2017 Switzerland
Mercedes-Benz Vans, US drone systems developer Matternet and Swiss online marketplace siroop have started a pilot project in Zurich to test an efficient van and drone-based system for on-demand delivery of e-commerce goods.
Snake robot used in search for Mexico quake survivors

Snake robot used in search for Mexico quake survivors

Oct 5, 2017
Researchers deployed a snake-like robot to search for trapped survivors in a Mexico City apartment building that collapsed in the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that shook the city September 19.
IDTechEx Announces Winners of Launchpad, New Technologies Initiative

IDTechEx Announces Winners of Launchpad, New Technologies Initiative

Oct 4, 2017 Worldwide
IDTechEx Launchpad will showcase innovations from 10 start-up companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Santa Clara, USA on November 15-16 2017. All winners will be showing a new working prototype or product, many for the first time.
Soft, flexible origami-inspired robot

Soft, flexible origami-inspired robot

Oct 4, 2017 United States
A researcher has turned the origami she enjoyed as a child into a patent-pending soft robot that may one day be used on an assembly line, in surgery or even outer space.
Development of active-learning dialogue data-based AI technology

Development of active-learning dialogue data-based AI technology

Oct 3, 2017 Japan
Hitachi Ltd has announced the development of active-learning dialogue-data based AI technology to enable EMIEW3, Hitachi's human symbiotic service robot, to spontaneously "learn" how to respond to questions that it could not previously answer.
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Trucking: a large attractive business to autonomize?

Trucking: a large attractive business to autonomize?

Oct 2, 2017 Worldwide
Trucking is a big business. In the US, trucking industry revenues are in excess of $726bn. No wonder then that autonomous trucking is a hot topic.