#440811 Wall-Climbing Robot Shelves to Keep You ...

I don’t know about you, but being stuck at home during the pandemic made me realize two things. Thing the first: My entire life is disorganized. And thing the second: Organizing my life, and then keeping organized, is a pain in the butt. This is especially true for those of us stuck in apartments that are a bit smaller than we’d like them to be. With space at a premium, Mengni Zhang, a Ph.D. student at Cornell’s Architectural Robotics […] Continue Reading…

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#440807 Wandering Robots in the Wild

In order to better understand how people will interact with mobile robots in the wild, we need to take them out of the lab and deploy them in the real world. But this isn’t easy to do.

Roboticists tend to develop robots under the assumption that they’ll know exactly where their robots are at any given time—clearly that’s an important capability if the robot’s job is to usefully move between specific locations. But that ability to localize generally requires the […] Continue Reading…

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#440805 Video Friday: Robot Arms for the ISS

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.IEEE CASE 2022: 20–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITYCLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September 2022, AZORES, PORTUGALANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals: 4–5 November 2022, LOS ANGELESCoRL 2022: 14–18 December 2022, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALANDEnjoy today’s videos! GITAI will demonstrate the capabilities of its autonomous robot […] Continue Reading…

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#440799 Artificial Muscles Woven Into Smart ...

Recent advances in soft robotics have opened up possibilities for the construction of smart fibers and textiles that have a variety of mechanical, therapeutic, and wearable possibilities. These fabrics, when programmed to expand or contract through thermal, electric, fluid, or other stimuli, can produce motion, deformation, or force for different functions.Engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, have developed a new class of fluid-driven smart textiles that can “shape-shift” into 3D structures. Despite recent advances […] Continue Reading…

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#440797 Rodney Brooks Explains What Robust.AI Is ...

Robust.AI was founded three years ago to do, well, nobody was quite sure what. Or rather, some people were quite sure what, and those people would be the Robust.AI team, who weren’t saying much. But it was that founding team that made us take notice, since it included highly experienced folks from SRI and Alphabet, as well as some big names in academia: Gary Marcus, Henrik Christensen, and Rodney Brooks. A recent press release answered some questions about what […] Continue Reading…

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