RoboBee

robobeeHarvard’s Microbiotics Lab has been working on a robotic bee for a decade.

Now, thanks to electrostatic adhesion, the robotic bee can perch and take off again.   Electrostatic adhesion is similar to rubbing a balloon on your head and sticking it to a wall.

The robotic bee can turn also turn the electric charge off to let go of whatever it has perched on.  The ability to perch, or land, is needed to save energy.

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ANYmal

ANYmalMarco Hutter is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems and a fellow of the Society in Science. Marco and his team have created a robot called ANYmal.

The robot is a a potential platform for search and rescue operations, inspection of industrial sites or other uses. Using laser sensors and cameras, ANYmal can quickly make and update a map of it’s environment.

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TAUB, The Locust Inspired Robot

locust robotA researcher from Tel Aviv University has developed a locust inspired robot called TAUB that can jump up to 11 feet high and go forward 4.5 feet.

Using 3d printing for the plastic parts, carbon rods, tension springs and a small battery, the robot could possibly be used in search and rescue.

Zoology professor Amir Ayali states the robot could be manufactured for around $100.

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Starship Technologies

starship technologiesStarship Technologies has announced it will start  trial programs in various UK cities this year, starting with a pilot program in Greenwich England later this year.  Their robot is designed to make deliveries for under £1 per delivery.

The robot has a 3 mile radius and takes 5 to 30 minutes to make your delivery.  The robot’s location can be monitored on your smartphone through an app and has a large compartment that only you, the recipient, can open.

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Puma’s BeatBot Robot

beatbotPuma has a new robot to help runners go faster called BeatBot.

BeatBot is a rectangular robot about the size of a shoe box with wheels.  You punch in a time and distance and then race the robot.  The robot is a line following robot, but one that can go up to 44km/h thanks to the help of 9 sensors that make it stay on track.

BeatBot was created by Created by ad agency J. Walter Thompson New York.  Florent Imbert executive creative director of  the ad agency states:

“We went through over eight prototypes, and interrogated every aspect of the robot, from the weight of the car, to the lag between the Arduino and servo. We even enlisted the expertise of a NASA robotics engineer and three MIT grads.”

Unfortunately for you and I, BeatBot is only available to Puma-sponsored athletes and teams.

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