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.
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…]
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.
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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