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  • A three-agent robotic system for Mars exploration
    Mars, also known as the red planet, has been the focus of numerous research studies, as some of its characteristics have sparked discussions about its possible inhabitability. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and a few other space agencies have thus sent a number of rovers and other spacecraft to Mars with the hope of better understanding its geology and environment.

  • Japanese grocery chain testing remotely controlled robot stockers
    Japanese grocery chain FamilyMart has teamed up with Tokyo startup Telexistence to test the idea of using a remotely controlled shelf stocking robot named the Model-T to restock grocery shelves. On its website, Telexistence describes the robot as a means for addressing labor shortages in Japan and also as a way to improve social distancing during the pandemic.

  • PufferBot: A flying robot with an expandable body
    Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder’s ATLAS Institute and University of Calgary have recently developed an actuated, expandable structure that can be used to fabricate shape-changing aerial robots. In a paper pre-published on arXiv, they introduced a new robot, dubbed PufferBot, which was built using this unique and innovative structure.

  • Helping robots avoid collisions
    George Konidaris still remembers his disheartening introduction to robotics.

  • Medical robotic hand? Rubbery semiconductor makes it possible
    A medical robotic hand could allow doctors to more accurately diagnose and treat people from halfway around the world, but currently available technologies aren’t good enough to match the in-person experience.

  • Enabling remote whole-body control with 5G edge computing
    There are many real-world—and, someday, off-world—applications for light-weight, energy-efficient, fully autonomous robots. Yet the more autonomous a robot is, the greater its computational requirements. Onboarding the components to handle this computational function adds weight, cost and reduces potential for applications in hostile environments.

  • AI Robots serve restaurant customers in South Korea
    A burger shop in the South Korean capital is a bit different from typical fast food restaurants: Its key staff are robots.

  • Experiments reveal why human-like robots elicit uncanny feelings
    Androids, or robots with humanlike features, are often more appealing to people than those that resemble machines—but only up to a certain point. Many people experience an uneasy feeling in response to robots that are nearly lifelike, and yet somehow not quite “right.” The feeling of affinity can plunge into one of repulsion as a robot’s human likeness increases, a zone known as “the uncanny valley.”

  • A robot that controls highly flexible tools
    How do you calculate the coordinated movements of two robot arms so they can accurately guide a highly flexible tool? ETH researchers have integrated all aspects of the optimisation calculations into an algorithm. A hot-wire cutter will be used, among other things, to develop building blocks for a mortar-free structure.

  • A technique allows robots to determine whether they are able to lift a heavy box
    Humanoid robots, those with bodies that resemble humans, could soon help people to complete a wide variety of tasks. Many of the tasks that these robots are designed to complete involve picking up objects of different shapes, weights and sizes.

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