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Super-sensitive and battery-free strain sensors developed

Scientists in Singapore have created a new range of type of sensors. The devices are ten times more sensitive for measuring the tiniest of movements. The sensors are described as ultra-thin, they are also battery-free.

Looking to the insect world to design a new generation of robots

A new high-speed amphibious robot has been developed. The inspiration for the design comes from the movements of cockroaches and lizards. As a result, the robot swims and runs on top of water and it can crawl across difficult terrain.

Scottish hospital pioneers robotics for keyhole surgery

Edinburgh - A hospital based in Scotland has become the first in Europe to use a robot to perform keyhole surgery. The first trial using a machine for surgery is reportedly a success and may lead to further use of surgical robots.

Super-sensitive robot can now hold a jellyfish

The ability of robots to sense and touch, long held as one of the main limitations with the advance of robotics, has been boosted by new research. A robot has been developed that can safely pick up a jellyfish, with harming the aquatic creature.

Robot designed to regulate own temperature for extreme conditions

A new type of robot has been developed, one that can cope with extreme environmental conditions. The robot is capable of temperature regulation, able to self-adjust to extremes of heat and cold.

'PigeonBot' brings aircraft closer to feathered-flight

Washington - Since the dawn of the aviation era, inventors have strived to build aircraft that fly as nimbly as birds, whose morphable wings allow for faster, tighter turns and more efficient gliding.

Flexible robots get new metal material for extra movement

Robotics engineers have developed a material which is lighter than paper and also very flexible. The materials also has excellent electrical conductivity, heat generation, and it is capable of wireless communications.

New technology can help to combat stealth attacks on drones

To test out different vulnerability scenarios, scientists have run a series of stealth attacks on robotic vehicles (cars and drones). These attacks show how vulnerable these forms of automation are to external threats.

Soft robot designed so it can be folded and squashed

Scientists have designed a super-tough robotic insect that can be folded and squashed while still retaining full functionality.

Swiss startup chosen by ESA for space debris cleanup mission

A self-destructing robot will be sent into orbit on the world's first space cleanup mission, European scientists announced Monday, a fresh approach to fixing up the galaxy's junk graveyard.

Most U.S. workers say employers haven’t discussed automation

In October 2019 SYKES surveyed working adults across the U.S. to uncover their perceptions of and beliefs about the future of work. The poll included views on automation, and this found that many firms do not have an automation strategy in place.

How flies land upside down inspires future robotics

A detailed exploration of fly landing maneuvers by biologists has inspired technologists to seek to advance a new generation of robots, incorporating the finesse and precision of the fly's acrobatics.

Smart artificial hand developed for amputees

A new smart artificial hand developed for amputees merges user and robotic control to improve movement, control and sensation. This forms part of the emerging field of neuroprosthetic technology.

Understanding animal brains to improve robotics

Researchers have been considering evolution and animal brains as the basis for making improvements to machine learning, as the basis for helping to improve the way robots operate. especially when performing tasks that seem simple to people.

Get up and go! 3D printed bots are getting closer

Technologists are edging close to constructing 3D printing sensors which can be embedded inside robots, so that a fully 3D printed functioning and moving robot can be produced.

6D process aims to improve robot vision and coordination

Robotics continue to advance but the development is often limited by the extent that robots can 'see' and then process visual imagery in order to coordinate movements. A new '6D' process aims to overcome this.

New packing robot aims to save businesses time and money

A new innovation with a robotic arm speeds up the process of packing and does so more efficiently, thereby offering a solution to business that will save time and lower operating costs.

New technique aims to teach robots exactly what humans want

Technologists are developing processes to ensure robots understand better what humans want. This involves coming up with more accurate and faster ways of providing human guidance to improve the decision making and responses of autonomous robots.

Some Walmart employees are not happy working with robots

Some workers at Walmart are uncomfortable working alongside robots, due to the types of work tasks that the robots have taken away from the humans and the monotonous work environment the deployment of robots has created.

Amsterdam prepares fleet of 'roboats' to collect garbage and more

Amsterdam - Technologists are developing a fleet of 'roboats' to operate along the canals of Amsterdam. Such boats could collect garbage or self-assemble into floating structures, signalling the future of transportation in waterway-rich cities.

Amazon edges closer to robots unloading trucks

Amazon is preparing to eliminate the human element of unloading trucks by pushing ahead with trials involving robots. The technology is based around Siemens and Honeywell robotic devices.

Robots track moving objects with new levels of precision

An advancement in robotics and artificial intelligence has enabled machines to operate with levels of precision not seen previously. This a new application of robotic dexterity could assist the retail sector.

How to train a robot to feed you dinner

Washington - A new robot has been developed to assist people with eating. The robot can pass food to people who are ill, injured or elderly, or otherwise require support. The robot has an algorithm that guides to selecting the required food item.

North America’s first autonomous airport snowplow unveiled

On March 15, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (CYWG) introduced “Otto,” the first autonomous airport snowplow in North America.

Canada’s space strategy focuses on AI, EO and deep-space robotics

On Wednesday, the Canadian government unveiled it's long-awaited national space strategy, focusing on artificial intelligence, deep-space robotic systems, Earth-observation capabilities, and a search for new ventures with the European Space Agency.

'Ambidextrous' robots can accelerate speed e-commerce

A test study has shown how so-termed 'ambidextrous robots' can significantly speed e-commerce. By applying artificial intelligence, the robot is capable of grasping a diverse range of object shapes without training.

Q&A: New robotics being adopted for physical therapy Special

The robotics company BIONIK Laboratories is to work with Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services on 21 BIONIK InMotion Arm Robotic Systems to help patients regain mobility. CEO Eric Dusseux discusses how robots can assist with physical therapy.

Robots aren't taking our jobs — just yet

A robot may take your job one day but so far there is little sign of this happening, according to analysis from the World Bank. While predictions about machines taking more jobs associated with humans, the pace is relatively slow.

UBC grads turn floor-cleaning machines into self-driving robots

A Vancouver company founded by three University of British Columbia graduates has developed a technology that transforms conventional floor cleaning machines into self-driving robots, which suck up grime and polish the floors.

Robotic automation will become bigger in 2019 and beyond

A new report, surveying the transformative trends across industry, foresees a big increase in robots and automation. This is being driven by lower-cost and more flexible technologies.
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