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Invisible, stretchable circuits

Invisible, stretchable circuits

Mar 19, 2018 United States
Electrically conductive films that are optically transparent have a central role in a wide range of electronics applications, from touch screens and video displays to photovoltaics. These conductors function as invisible electrodes for circuit wiring, touch sensing, or electrical charge collection and are typically composed of transparent conductive oxides. But, they have a weakness. Most transparent conductors are mechanically stiff.…
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Collaborative arms: Success convinces everyone to follow suit

Collaborative arms: Success convinces everyone to follow suit

Mar 19, 2018 Worldwide
Traditional robotic arms are caged, operating in robot-only zones. This is changing with the emergence of collaborative robotic arms.
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IDTechEx Announces the Winners of Launchpad

IDTechEx Announces the Winners of Launchpad

Mar 16, 2018 Worldwide, Europe
IDTechEx Launchpad will showcase innovations from 21 start-up companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Berlin, Germany on 11-12 April 2018. All winners will be showing a new working prototype or product, many for the first time.
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Personalised robotic exosuits

Personalised robotic exosuits

Mar 16, 2018 United States
When it comes to soft assistive devices — like the wearable exosuit being created by the Harvard Biodesign Lab — the wearer and the robot need to be in sync. But every human moves a bit differently, and tailoring the robot's parameters to an individual user is a time-consuming and inefficient process.
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Agricultural robotics and drones: diversity of functions, forms

Agricultural robotics and drones: diversity of functions, forms

Mar 15, 2018 Worldwide
Our research, published in Agricultural Robots and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Markets and Players, describes how robotics is transforming the world of agriculture. Indeed, our previous articles have described agricultural robotics and drones could become a $28Bn and $35B industry by 2028 and 2038, respectively. In this article, we seek to demonstrate the diversity of functions, forms and fortunes that exists, and will continue to exist, in agricultural robotics.
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Self-driving robots collect water samples

Self-driving robots collect water samples

Mar 15, 2018 United States
For the first time, scientists will deploy a small fleet of long-range autonomous underwater vehicles that have the ability to collect and archive seawater samples automatically. These new robots will allow researchers to track and study ocean microbes in unprecedented detail.
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Technology to transform the future of produce growing

Technology to transform the future of produce growing

Mar 14, 2018 United Kingdom
Growers concerned about workforce shortages in the wake of Brexit could soon have an alternative solution - robots.
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3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, robotics

3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, robotics

Mar 13, 2018 United States
Researchers have taken a key step toward the rapid manufacture of flexible computer screens and other stretchable electronic devices, including soft robots.
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Custom carpentry with help from robots

Custom carpentry with help from robots

Mar 12, 2018 United States
Every year thousands of carpenters injure their hands and fingers doing dangerous tasks such as sawing. In an effort to minimize injury and let carpenters focus on design and other bigger-picture tasks, a team has created AutoSaw, a system that lets nonexperts customize different items that can then be constructed with the help of robots.
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Autonomous robotic kitchen assistant, now cooks burgers

Autonomous robotic kitchen assistant, now cooks burgers

Mar 9, 2018 United States
'Flippy, is the world's first autonomous robotic kitchen assistant. Flippy will begin working alongside kitchen staff at CaliBurger's Pasadena, California location during lunchtime by flipping burger patties and removing them from the grill when cooked to order.
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IDTechEx TVLoomo: mini transporter meets robot sidekick

Loomo: mini transporter meets robot sidekick

Mar 8, 2018 United States
Loomo is a smart machine that toggles between a mini personal transporter and mobile robot sidekick.
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Robotics experts to help with Sellafield decommissioning

Robotics experts to help with Sellafield decommissioning

Mar 7, 2018 United Kingdom
This latest nuclear clean-up scheme sees a consortium of industry and academia tasked with designing a system for dismantling highly radioactive rooms or 'cells' at Sellafield in Cumbria, UK, Europe's most complex nuclear site.
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Toyota's new $2.8 billion company to develop self-driving software

Toyota's new $2.8 billion company to develop self-driving software

Mar 6, 2018 Japan
Toyota will establish a new company in Tokyo in the latter part of this month named "Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development" that will accelerate its efforts in advanced development for automated driving.
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Using drones to feed billions

Using drones to feed billions

Mar 6, 2018 United States
As our population continues its rapid growth, food is becoming increasingly scarce. By the year 2050, we will need to double our current food production to feed the estimated 9.6 million mouths that will inhabit Earth.
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Why is new robotics becoming commercially viable now (part II)?

Why is new robotics becoming commercially viable now (part II)?

Mar 5, 2018 Worldwide
Everything in the world of robotics is changing: robots are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent and dexterous, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks.
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IDTechEx TV3D printing method embeds sensing capabilities in robotic actuators

3D printing method embeds sensing capabilities in robotic actuators

Mar 5, 2018 United States
Soft robots that can sense touch, pressure, movement and temperature.
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Industrial robotic arms: how long will the growth supercycle continue?

Industrial robotic arms: how long will the growth supercycle continue?

Mar 2, 2018
In this article, we will explore the basis of the industrial robotic arms growth supercycle and consider the short- and long-term future of sales. We will also discuss the impact of other trends such as the rise of collaborative robotic arms, the emergence of new players and applications for surgical arms, and the progress in other uses of robotic arms such as dairy farming.
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Collaboration on autonomous indoor mapping technology

Collaboration on autonomous indoor mapping technology

Mar 2, 2018 Korea, Netherlands
The collaboration aims to combine NAVER LABS' Scalable & Semantic Indoor Mapping technology, autonomous robots, and AI-based image recognition capabilities with the HERE Open Location Platform to create, maintain and publish 3D maps of indoor environments such as airports and train stations.
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Robo-vehicle mobility service trial in Japan

Robo-vehicle mobility service trial in Japan

Mar 1, 2018 Japan
Nissan and DeNA will begin a field test of Easy Ride, the robo-vehicle mobility service being developed by both companies, on March 5.
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Security robots available

Security robots available

Feb 28, 2018 New Zealand
The robots remove the need to put a human guard in to a dangerous situation and work alongside traditional guards.