Origami Inspired Robot Wears Different Outfits

PrimerResearchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created a  robot called Primer.

The robot is a small cube that transforms by moving onto flat sheets of material.  The material is then heated to bend into specific shapes around Primer, giving it an exoskeleton.

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Envirobot Senses Out Water Pollution

EnvirobotAn eel like robot from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne sniffs out water pollution.

The robot is designed to be light, portable and autonomous.

The idea is to have empty modules you can fill with different sensors.  Envirobot will then seek out the source of the pollution.

“Those modules, by default, they don’t have any sensors,” explains Alessandro Crespi, a member of the Envirobot team.  Researchers are working on a variety of sensors to fill the modules.

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A Safe Drone For Last Mile Delivery

Pack DroneThe clever people at École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne or EPFL have created a a drone for delivering packages weighing up to 500 g.

The drone features a carbon fiber safety cage around it to protect people from the spinning blades.

The makers were inspired by origami and have created a drone that is able to fold up and become 92% smaller so it can be carried easily or put into a backpack.

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Seeed Studio Introduces New Robots for The DIY Crowd

AlphaBot2Seeed Studio in Shenzen has now introduced the new AlphaBot2.  There are 2 version of AlphaBot, the older basic model and the new AlphaBot2.

The basic model is longer and AlphaBot2 comes in the popular round shape for robots like this.

You can choose to make the AlphaBot2 work with either Raspberry Pi or Arduino.

There are five models of AlphaBot2 to choose from.

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Aquarius Your Watering Robot

AquariusAlthough this robot cropped up a few years ago, recent other farming type robots like the Tertill The Weed Whacker got us wanting to revisit Aquarius.

Aquarius is a greenhouse plant watering robot from Dorhout R&D.  Utilizing a 30 gallon water tank it roams the greenhouse watering plants.

The robot is controlled by two Parallax propeller chips. Basically you dial in the plant pot size and set the robot line following.

David Dorhout is also the creator of Prospero Robotic Farmer.

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