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‘Brainy Skin’ with sense of touch gets £1.5m funding

‘Brainy Skin’ with sense of touch gets £1.5m funding

A robotic hand covered in ‘brainy skin’ that mimics the human sense of touch is being developed by scientists. University of Glasgow’s Professor Ravinder Dahiya has plans to develop ultra-flexible, synthetic Brainy Skin that ‘thinks for itself’. The super-flexible, hypersensitive skin may one day be used to make more responsive prosthetics for amputees, or to […]

By July 3, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Comau launches lightweight wearable robotics

Comau launches lightweight wearable robotics

Comau has unveiled MATE, its first innovative wearable exoskeleton. MATE has been designed to improve work quality in an efficient and highly ergonomic manner by providing consistent and advanced movement assistance during repetitive as well as daily tasks. The MATE Fit for Workers exoskeleton uses an advanced spring-based passive structure. MATE delivers lightweight, breathable and […]

By June 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Nissan scores with Pitch-R robot at Champions League final

Nissan scores with Pitch-R robot at Champions League final

Nissan unveiled an autonomous robot, which can draw football pitches wherever there is space, at the UEFA Champion’s League Final Kyiv 2018. Named Pitch-R, the robot is inspired by Nissan’s advanced ProPILOT driver assistance technology. ProPILOT is available on the 100% electric new Nissan LEAF and on the Nissan Qashqai. The system is a key […]

By June 11, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
New bio-inspired robotic concepts from Festo

New bio-inspired robotic concepts from Festo

Festo has unveiled two new lightweight robotic concepts, inspired by nature. The BionicWheelBot and BionicFlyingFox are this year’s creations from the company’s Bionic Learning Network, where Festo’s experts looked at the motion of spiders and bats to navigate complex situations – from crossing rocky terrain to learning efficient flight paths. BionicWheelBot robot is based on […]

By May 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
3D Printed robot prosthetic limb for amputees created by students

3D Printed robot prosthetic limb for amputees created by students

Students at The University of Manchester have designed and built a 3D printed, low-cost robotic prosthetic hand that could provide a much cheaper alternative for amputees. The hand’s joints are all fully poseable with each individual finger and the thumb being able to move as well as make a fist. The functionality of the hand […]

By March 25, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
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