The Spacecraft Engineering Department at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed an autonomous microbial fuel cell- powered microrover for exploring planetary bodies and remote regions.
A team of engineers at the Harvard University have developed tiny robots called Kilobots, which are capable of interacting amongst themselves and working as a team. These robots are the size of a bug and move on three legs, which are the size of a toothpick.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University have established bacteria’s superior thinking process through their research work. They have developed a computational model that is capable of explaining bacteria’s ability to move in swarms and they intend to extend the model to man-made technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics etc.
The Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, regarded as one of the toughest endurance events in the world, has been organized since the year 1978. The competition includes athletes competing in events which test them to the absolute limit of human capabilities. However this year the competition will see an unusual entry, Panasonic’s tiny Evolta robot.
Moon Express has set up a laboratory that exclusively develops robotic technology for lunar exploration missions. The Moon Express Robotics Lab for Innovation (MERLIN) has hired some of the brilliant engineering students who gained popularity by winning the FIRST Robotics Competition.
Firemen may have some help from rescue robots in the near future. Rescue robots that are programmed to help evacuate people from a building on fire is what electrical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are shooting for.
At the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois researchers have come up with tiny robots that can make forms that help them shift objects four times their size. The half millimeter wide robots called "asters" assemble themselves from free floating particles animated by magnetic fields.
Research work at the University of Tennessee has yielded the discovery of the behavioural pattern of a pathogen that attacks the small intestine in human beings, which is an inspiration for designing robots that could be deployed in military and medical operations.
In another case of a robot mimicking nature, there is a new ‘insect-bot’ in China that can walk on water like mosquitoes and water spiders. These water striders provided more than inspiration for the miniature robot, they provided actual design ideas.
The Smithsonian Institution has agreed to obtain nine robots which are part of Sandia Lab’s historically significant robotic collection. These robots would be placed at the National Museum of American History.