#430096 What Happens When Cyborg Tech Goes ...

The age of the cyborg may be closer than we think. Rapidly improving medical robotics, wearables, and implants means many humans are already part machine, and this trend is only likely to continue.
It is most noticeable in the field of medical prosthetics where high-performance titanium and carbon fiber replacements for limbs have become commonplace. The use of “blades” by Paralympians has even raised questions over whether they actually offer an advantage over biological limbs.
For decades, myoelectric prosthetics—powered artificial limbs […] Continue Reading…

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#430094 Configuration and manipulation of soft ...

Traditional rigid-bodied robots are stiff, with few degrees of freedom, placing limits on many applications. Recently, more engineers are learning from the soft flexibility properties of living beings to advance bionic soft robotics. The main characteristics of soft robots are flexibility, deformability and energy-absorbtion.[Read more…]

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#430084 Solar Powered Garden Robot

Developed by Franklin Robotics, “Tertill” is a 100% solar-powered robot that lives in home gardens and weeds every day, rain or shine. The first wave of robots will be available this summer after Tertill’s crowdfunding campaign begins June 13. Upcoming Tertill models will be engineered with the ability to detect and repel pests, and relay info back to your smartphone as needed.
Previous version of Tertill. Photo Credit: Franklin RoboticsHow it works
Tertill maintains your garden by using its artificial intelligence […] Continue Reading…

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#429937 “Walk This Way” – An ...

The NABiRoS (Non-Anthropomorphic Bipedal Robotic System) novel approach to an efficient “walking” system for humanoids places the legs in the sagittal plane and adds compliance to the feet, reducing the actuated degrees of freedom to just four! This drastically reduces complexity (thus, cost), and – perhaps, more importantly – weight.

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#430020 How Robots Will Win Your Trust

What images come to mind when you think of robots?
The lifelike replicas of Blade Runner? A favorite video game character or perhaps Aldebaran and SoftBank's quirky robot named Pepper?
Although researchers have made astounding advances in robotics, robots have yet to approach their fictionalized counterparts in many areas. The greatest of these is their ability to gain our trust.
Trust is a foundation of our society. Whether implicit or explicit, our trust in one another forms the very basis of how […] Continue Reading…

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