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Seeking opportunity in ‘Robopocalypse’

Seeking opportunity in ‘Robopocalypse’

We’ve heard it all before. Robots ‒ those elusive job munchers ‒ are making their way to an office near you. And the message is clear: they are smarter than you, they are cheaper than you, and they won’t vie for the corner office… like you. If it’s not YouTube, it’s our friends at TED […]

By December 2, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Renishaw robot makes Holby City guest appearance

Renishaw robot makes Holby City guest appearance

Renishaw’s neuromate stereotactic robot recently featured in an episode of the BBC drama Holby City. During the episode, neuromate assists with the treatment of an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) patient who undergoes a stereotactic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure. In the storyline, neurosurgeons use advanced MRI technology and Renishaw’s neuroinspire software to identify the region of […]

By October 2, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Igus reduces mobile robot weight by 15%

Igus reduces mobile robot weight by 15%

Safety is particularly important in air travel, both on the ground and in the air. For this reason, aircraft are regularly inspected and maintained. An important item on the inspector’s checklist is looking for signs of corrosion and metal fatigue on the outer skin of the aircraft. To reduce ground handling times and to increase […]

By September 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Augmented humans with robotic exoskeletons

Augmented humans with robotic exoskeletons

Hollywood has created a huge buzz around robotic exoskeleton suits. Technology portrayed in Iron Man, the Edge of Tomorrow, and Avatar all show humans with superhuman abilities because of robotic add-ons. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of specialist bearing supplier SMB Bearings, explains the importance of choosing specialised bearings and lubrication in robotic exoskeletons as […]

By September 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Measuring distance with a single photo

Measuring distance with a single photo

Most cameras just record colour but now the 3D shapes of objects, captured through only a single lens, can be accurately estimated using new software developed by UCL computer scientists. The method, published today at CVPR 2017, gives state-of-the-art results and works with existing photos, allowing any camera to map the depth for every pixel […]

By July 28, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Mobile robots will transform material handling and logistics

Mobile robots will transform material handling and logistics

Mobile robotics in material handling and logistics will become a $75bn market by 2027. It will then more than double by 2038. These staggering headline figures mask turbulent transformative change underneath: some technologies will rise and transform the fortunes of industries, fuelling growth rates far outpacing recent trends, whilst others will face with decay and […]

By July 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Stanford researchers develop soft, growing robot

Stanford researchers develop soft, growing robot

A newly developed vine-like robot can grow across long distances without moving its whole body. It could prove useful in search and rescue operations and medical applications. Pictured right: The vinebot is a tube of soft material that grows in one direction. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero) Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of […]

By July 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Little butler robot wins inventors’ award

Little butler robot wins inventors’ award

The 13th Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation Award (IERA) was presented to the Relay butler robot. Made by Savioke, an American company, the little robot completes deliveries all on its own, for example in hotels, hospitals or logistics centers. Thanks to artificial intelligence and sensor technology, Relay can move safely through public spaces […]

By July 18, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Universal concept to regulate robot behaviour

Universal concept to regulate robot behaviour

Artificial intelligence experts from the University of Hertfordshire, Dr Christoph Salge and Professor Daniel Polani, have designed a concept which could lead to a new set of generic, situation-aware guidelines to help robots work and co-exist successfully alongside humans. Empowerment, which has been developed over the course of twelve years, is discussed in the latest […]

By June 30, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Guidance system from HepcoMotion for havesting robots

Guidance system from HepcoMotion for havesting robots

Why is asparagus one of the most expensive vegetables in Europe? Because harvesters have to painstakingly pierce each stalk individually. A robot could change this, and engineers at the Bremen Centre for Mechatronics (BCM) are developing one. It works with harvesting tools, which run on precision rails from HepcoMotion. Asparagus has been steadily growing in […]

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