At the entrance of Nature of Robotics a couple of robotic snails slither around the floor, leaving behind slimy trails. Two visitors, young boys, enter the exhibit and squat next to the slimy creatures, trying to follow both of them at once. Docents come over to explain that the robotic snails is an art instillation called "Maybe" imagined by Swiss artist Urs Fischer.
Soft robot development could benefit from an algorithm that optimizes sensor placement allowing such machines to better ‘understand’ their environments.
Eye contact is a key to establishing a connection, and teachers use it often to encourage participation. But can a robot do this too? Can it draw a response simply by making "eye" contact, even with people who are less inclined to speak up. A recent study suggests that it can.
The New York Police Department is receiving a lot of attention for testing robot "dogs," which it has deployed in several situations, including to deliver food in a hostage situation and to scout out a location where the police feared a dangerous gunman might be lurking.
A technological and biological development that is unprecedented in Israel and the world has been achieved at Tel Aviv University. For the first time, the ear of a dead locust has been connected to a robot that receives the ear's electrical signals and responds accordingly.
Researchers from Skoltech's Intelligent Space Robotics Lab have proposed a novel method for customer behavior analytics and demand distribution based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) stocktaking. Their research was published in the proceedings of the International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV).
The IT development company Kravt Robotics has entered into a strategic partnership with Allset Technologies, a startup providing a food pre-ordering service. The LA-based companies have teamed up to create a food order and delivery platform utilizing robotic delivery solutions instead of couriers.
The University of Leeds has coordinated a study with 170 experts from 35 countries, including E.T.S. Agronomic Engineering lecturer Luis Perez Urrestarazu. The study conclusions have just been published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.
CONCERT, acronym for CONfigurable CollaborativE Robot Technologies, is an innovative project that has the goal of developing a novel concept of configurable robot platforms, which can be explored in application domains with unstructured, variable and evolving workspace settings and tasks.
Soft robots may not be in touch with human feelings, but they are getting better at feeling human touch.