A Robotic Bird That Actually Flies

A Robotic Bird That Actually Flies

This is a robotic bird that actually flies with foldable wings with flapping capabilities. GRIFFIN ERC Advanced Grant project. A robotic bird flying. Courtesy of the University of Seville. A team of researchers from the University of Seville in Spain created robotic birds that can perform a variety of tasks like typical drones and many more. A robotic bird's flying time is double that of a standard drone's, which is about 20-30 minutes, and its flapping wings assist in conserving battery life. On the other hand, they do not have rotors, which significantly reduce noise. These robots have onboard perception…
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What year will it be when robots do all our construction work?

What year will it be when robots do all our construction work?

In fact, construction is one of the places where robots have already begun to replace workers. Some examples are provided here. SRI Robotics developed an excavator for construction automation that can operate autonomously following pre-programmed instructions on where to dig, be controlled using video game motion controls, or manually by a driver. SRI Robotics' excavator used as a construction robot Drones are used to build housing prototypes by MuDD Architects. MuDD Architects uses drones to build housing prototypes AIST, Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, developed a humanoid construction robot that can be used on construction sites…
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This wheel unicycle balancing robot can jump onto its wheels from any initial position

This wheel unicycle balancing robot can jump onto its wheels from any initial position

The Wheelbot is a wheel unicycle balancing robot developed by researchers at Max Planck Institute that jumps onto its wheels from any initial position. The unicycle balancing robot jumps onto its wheel from its initial position The robot can self-erect itself from any position either by rolling up with its rolling wheel, or by standing up using its reaction wheel. This wheel unicycle uses brushless motors with high torque-to-weight ratios. As a result, the Wheelbot has a better balance and can reject disturbances to a greater extent than previous reaction wheel unicycle robots. unicycle balancing robot disturbance rejection These robots…
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3D-Printed Grippers for Robots That Grip Almost Anything

3D-Printed Grippers for Robots That Grip Almost Anything

University of Washington researchers developed a method for making 3D-printed grippers for robots that are capable of grabbing almost anything.  3D-printed grippers that can grasp almost any object Their method involves an algorithm that can design a 3D-printable passive gripper based on the target object and its position and then calculates the best path to pick it up without collisions.  The University of Washington researchers developed an algorithm that can design a 3D-printable passive gripper to grip almost any object. Tests were performed on 22 objects with challenging shapes, including a 3D-printed bunny, a wedge-shaped doorstop, a tennis ball, and…
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Petoi Pet Robot Dog and Pet Robot Cat Educational Robots

Petoi Pet Robot Dog and Pet Robot Cat Educational Robots

Petoi, a company that specializes in developing tomorrow's pet robots, has developed two quadruped robots, a pet robot dog named Bittle and a pet robot cat named Nybble, for stem robotics and educational applications.  Pet Robot Dog Bittle, and Pet Robot Cat Nybble. Image credit: Petoi Bittle is an open-source bionic robot pet dog used for learning and play, able to climb up to the ceiling and walk upside down because of its light body. Adding a customized Arduino board can help the robot pet coordinate difficult movements, and adding different sensors will make it capable of perception. It is…
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ANYmal Quadruped Robot Climbing Stairs

ANYmal Quadruped Robot Climbing Stairs

Researchers at the Robotics Systems Lab at ETH Zürich, who are working on legged robots, tested perception-based motion planning for the ANYmal quadruped robot to navigate terrain and stairs. This video was recorded a few years ago, but it's intriguing to see how what we consider normal now was 20x speed then.  ANYmal quadruped robot climbing stairs. Image credit: Robotics Systems Lab at ETH Zürich Perception-based motion planning for ANYmal quadruped robot. The experiment in the video shows an ANYmal quadruped robot climbing stairs fully autonomously on a rainy day.  ANYmal quadruped robot navigating stairs on a rainy day. Image…
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Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robots

Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robots

Researchers at MIT's CSAIL HCI Engineering Group have developed modular cube-based self-reconfigurable robots named ElectroVoxel that use electromagnet-powered actuation embedded into each cube's edge to reconfigure in three dimensions via pivoting. Self-reconfiguring modular robots on an air table. Image credit: MIT's CSAIL HCI Engineering Group In the experiment, they used three-dimensional self-reconfigurable robots and showed 2D and 3D self-reconfiguration using pivot and traversal maneuvers on an air table and in microgravity on a parabolic flight. Self-reconfigurable cube robots in microgravity. Image credit: MIT's CSAIL HCI Engineering Group Self-reconfigurable cube robots in microgravity. Image credit: MIT's CSAIL HCI Engineering Group The…
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Collaborative Mobile Robots

Collaborative Mobile Robots

Northwestern University's Center for Robotics and Biosystems has developed collaborative robots for human-robot collaboration.  Mobile Cobots. Image credit: Northwestern University's Center for Robotics and Biosystems In the experiment, three Omnid mobile collaborative robots (mobile cobots) are carrying a large pipe, and they float the pipe so that it has six degrees of freedom (three for positions: x, y, and z movements, and three for orientations: roll, pitch, and yaw rotations) and can easily be controlled by a human operator. Delta robots are three dofs series-elastic manipulators and mobile bases feature three-dof mecanum omnidirectional wheels.  Image credit: Northwestern University's Center for Robotics…
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GITAI’s Lunar Robotic Rover R1 in a Simulated Environment

GITAI’s Lunar Robotic Rover R1 in a Simulated Environment

GITAI has developed a lunar robotic rover called R1 used for moon exploration, mining, inspection, and sampling. Several testing tasks and operations have been successfully completed by the rover in a simulated environment.  GITAI's Lunar Rover. Image credit: GITAI The robotic rover has successfully completed different tests on a mock environment, including testing its locomotion and obstacle avoidance abilities, as well as building solar panels and taking samples. The lunar rover is building a solar panel. Image credit: GITAI The lunar rover is taking samples. Image credit: GITAI Thanks to its omni-directional wheels, the robotic lunar rover could move over…
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Soft Robotics Gripper for Meat Handling

Soft Robotics Gripper for Meat Handling

Soft Robotics Inc designed a soft robotics gripper that is the ultimate solution for robotic food automation.  mGrip is a soft robotics gripper that can be used for robotic food automation. Image credit: Soft Robotics Inc Using an IP69K-rated material, the soft robotics gripper, the mGrip can automate the food production process.  mGrip can be attached to any robot type and can virtually pick up any food item. Image credit: Soft Robotics Inc These soft robotics grippers can be mounted on virtually all types of robots and can pick up virtually any food item.  Watch a short video of their…
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