As seen recently in a Boston Globe article, CISBOT is a cast iron joint sealing robot. Using CISBOT saves the gas company a lot of time and money. In one day, with one hole, the robot can seal 6 joints. Typically a human crew would need to dig one hole for every joint and it would take them about 3 days to fix one joint.
CISBOT is made by ULC Robotics and they make inspection and repair robots as well.
CISBOT works on a tether, sends back images and is controlled from above. Once the robot finds a seal that needs repairing, it drills a small hole and fills the area with sealant. CISBOT uses an anaerobic sealant that will last up to 50 years, saving the gas companies money.
Check out the video below of the robot in NYC.
Harvard’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.
Marco 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.
A 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.
Starship 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.