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Harvard scientists develop first autonomous soft robot

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Meet the octobot, a unique new creation out of Harvard that the university says could be the first step in a new kind of bot. This totally soft robot has eight movable legs, just like its flesh-and-blood marine cousin, which was the inspiration for the device. Created partially through 3-D printing, the octobot is autonomous, according to Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Its power source is hydrogen peroxide, which together with a catalyst of platinum, creates gas that travels into the bot’s appendages to move them.

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FoxNews.com

August 26th

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Meet the robots that will help us win the wars of the future

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If former Marine and entrepreneur Sean Bielat has his way, the law enforcement officer tentatively approaching a vehicle in the future after making a traffic stop won't be an officer at all. Rather, those are the kind of interactions — fraught with uncertainty, potentially dangerous — that seem to him to make perfect sense for one of his robots to deal with instead.

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Andy Meek

August 19th

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GOAT legs will let future robots handle rough terrain with ease

MjgwMDkyMg A Master’s Thesis by CMU’s Simon Kalouche posits a new form of robotic leg, one designed for maximum range of motion and, more importantly, an easily control method for force reduction. In other words, this is the kind of leg you want on your robot when you send it to Mars. GOAT stands for Gearless Omni-directional Acceleration-vectoring Topology and uses a single motor and… Read More

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John Biggs

August 17th

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Having conquered Chess and Go, the robots move to master Foosball

foosballcreators We’ve come a long way since the days of selecting a CPU player for the other Pong paddle, tank, or hand-to-hand combatant. Now the computers are taking it to us, in meatspace, and seemingly nothing no tabletop activity is safe from their depredations. The latest to succumb to computer domination? Foosball. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 11th

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Watch wall-walking spiderbots weave ‘impossible’ structures with carbon fiber

spiderbot stuttgart Normally, the notion of setting a pair of spiderbots free in your house would seem alarming. But if you knew that they were weaving you a strange and mathematical hammock while you were gone? Suddenly that fear turns to wonder — and eventually, a nap. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 2nd

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This 3-D Printed Robot Moves Using Muscle From a Sea Slug

If you’ve ever enjoyed those horror movies that involve organ harvesting, you may be pleased to know that scientists are one step closer to using organic matter to power robots. Sea slugs are getting first honors though.

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Angela Chen

July 19th

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SwagBot will autonomously roll them little dogies along rough Australian ranchlands

swagbot_feat Is nothing sacred? The rugged trails that over history have been trod by cowboys, gauchos, ranch hands, and in Australia, swagmen, are now to be presided over by cold, calculating machines. SwagBot is the vanguard of our incoming steer-driving overlords, its independent all-wheel drive churning carelessly the mud in which once toiled our manly forbears and their snorting charges. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 14th

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The Pleurobot robo-salamander crawls and swims like a real amphibian

_X3A9216 The mad roboticists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have produced another biomimetic mechanoid — this one based on the lithe locomotion of the salamander. “Pleurobot” imitates the amphibian’s ambulation with its own articulated vertebrae, allowing it to slither along on land or at sea. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 28th

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Tend.ai trains your robot to operate dozens of 3D printers and laser cutters at a time

robot_and_3D_printers If you’ve got more than a handful of 3D printers or other devices running at a time, it’s a full-time job keeping them going — removing and packaging products, tweaking settings, pushing “OK” after minor errors, that sort of thing. Why not have a robot do it for you? Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 22nd

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Airobotics raises $28.5M to pursue autonomous drone platforms for heavy industry

airobotics drone Drones have numerous applications in security, inspection, and other major roles at industrial facilities, but in many cases manual control is still the standard. Tel Aviv-based Airobotics aims to automate the process as an alternative to costly and involved human pilots, and has raised $28.5 million to do so. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 21st

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