Shape Changing Soft Robot

Soft RobotStudents at Stanford University have created a large soft robot that can change shape. Basically the robot uses soft inflated tubes with small robots that can crawl over the tube to change the shape.  The neat thing here is the robot maintains it’s air pressure and does not need to be tethered.

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Kyoto Temple Has Robot Priest

robot priestThe robot is based on the Buddhist deity of mercy.  The robot leads services at the Kodaiji temple in Kyoto.

“This robot will never die; it will just keep updating itself and evolving,” said priest Tensho Goto.

The robot was developed between the Zen temple and robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro at Osaka University.

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Tertill Update

Two years ago Tertill, the garden weeding robot by Franklin Robotics, was on Kickstarter.  1200 backers pledged just over $300,000. The good news is they are finally shipping in two to three weeks.  You can also buy one now for a cost of $300 on the Tertill website.

This robot works autonomously to weed your garden ever day.  It works by cutting the tiny weeds down repeatedly.  Solar powered, the robot never needs recharging.

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Robot Recreates Walk Of A 300 Million Year Old Fossil

Scientists at EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung at Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin set out discover how a 300 million year old animal walked.

Orobates-Pabsti is the oldest-known vertebrate for which scientists have been able to link a fossil with its fossilized footprints. This made Orobates-Pabsti an ideal candidate to study. Using biomechanics and robotics the researchers developed a method to better understand how vertebrate locomotion evolved.

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Autonomous Robot Swarm

Robot SwarmSome very interesting work was published earlier this week in Sciencemag.org. Sabine Hauert from the Bristol Robotics Lab and James Sharpe at EMBL and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona along with others have created a natural robotic swarm.

By natural we mean the swarm has no predefined pattern or shape and makes it’s own shape using over 300 coin sized robots.

 

 

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