Soft multi-functional robots get really small

A new fabrication process enables the creation of soft robots at the millimeter scale with features on the micrometer scale as shown here with the example of a small soft robotic peacock spider with moving body parts and colored eyes and abdomens. Credit: Wyss Institute…

A soft, on-the-fly solution to a hard, underwater problem

his fully 3D-printed version of the grippers includes “fingernails” on the ends of the fingers to help pick up organisms that are sitting on hard surfaces, as well as mesh extensions between the fingers to keep samples secure. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University By…

Recent Waymo announcements are slightly underwhelming

Waymo recently announced two new partnerships for their fleet of robotaxis. The first was with Walmart. Walmart has installed special parking spots in their lots, and will offer people free rides to Walmart to pick up online orders. Only some of the 400 Waymo “Early…

Robots in Depth with Hans Kimblad

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Hans Kimblad about 3D printing metal or MAM, metal adaptive manufacturing. Hans describes how the different technologies that are used for MAM work. He then talks through the opportunities and challenges and what one…

When recurrent models don’t need to be recurrent

By John Miller An earlier version of this post was published on Off the Convex Path. It is reposted here with the author’s permission. In the last few years, deep learning practitioners have proposed a litany of different sequence models. Although recurrent neural networks were…

#266: Towards using Micro and Nano Robots in the Human Body, with Peer Fischer

  In this episode, Marwa ElDiwiny interview Peer Fisher, a Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart and the Director of the Micro Nano and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.  Fischer discusses micro robots that has been…

Autonomous robot evolution: from cradle to grave

A few weeks ago we had the kick-off meeting, in York, of our new 4 year EPSRC funded project Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE): cradle to grave. We – Andy Tyrrell and Jon Timmis (York), Emma Hart (Edinburgh Napier), Gusti Eiben (Free University of Amsterdam) and myself…

Robots may say NO to war

Robots become every day more ‘intelligent’. What if robots were intelligent enough to say NO to war? This would be a happier future. This short film is a light-hearted comedy that aims to launch an interesting discussion and motivate reflexion on the killer-robots topic. The…

Robots can learn a lot from nature if they want to ‘see’ the world

‘Seeing’ through robot eyes. Shutterstock/TrifonenkoIvan By Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology and Jonathan Roberts, Queensland University of Technology Vision is one of nature’s amazing creations that has been with us for hundreds of millions of years. It’s a key sense for humans, but one…

Researchers fabricate intricate 80m2 concrete slab using 3D sand printing

The 3D sand printer used for the fabrication of the formwork. The printer has a build volume of 8 cubic meters and a resolution of a fraction of a millimetre. (Photograph: ETH Zurich / Tom Mundy) As part of DFAB HOUSE, NCCR researchers have fabricated…