This soft, inchworm robot changes shape in response to tiny electrical or temperature changes. The power-efficient robot is made from a specialized “programmable” polymer technology that, according to the University of Toronto researchers, could someday lead to lightweight and safer robots but also enable other kinds of smart materials. From EurekAlert!:
“In situations where humans could be in danger — a gas leak or a fire — we could outfit a crawling robot with a sensor to measure the harmful environment,” explains Naguib. “In aerospace, we could see smart materials being the key to next-generation aircrafts with wings that morph.”
Though he points out it will be some time before the world sees morphed-wing aircrafts, the most immediate impact will be seen in wearable technology.
“We’re working to apply this material to garments. These garments would compress or release based on body temperature, which could be therapeutic to athletes,” says Naguib. The team is also studying whether smart garments could be beneficial for spinal cord injuries.
“In this case, we’ve trained it to move like a worm,” he says. “But our innovative approach means we could train robots to mimic many movements — like the wings of a butterfly.”
From Catlech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technology, LEONARDO (LEg ON Aerial Robotic DrOne) is a bipedal robot that’s uses dronelike propellers to balance and walk around. Eventually, the propellers will boost LEONARDO’s ability to jump. The demo video above was just released. The following is from a February article by Evan Ackerman in IEEE […]
Oh shit, Atlas, “one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built” according to DARPA, is now doing a gymnastics routine, and it’s really good. Launched in 2013 by BostonDynamics for DARPA, this robot gets more and more human by the year. Both eerie and spectacular. From BostonDynamics on YouTube: Atlas uses its whole body […]
Spot, the robot dog from Boston Dynamics, is now for sale. Sort of. From IEEE Spectrum: But don’t pull out your credit card just yet. Spot may cost as much as a luxury car, and it is not really available to consumers. The initial sales, described as an “early adopter program,” is targeting businesses. Boston […]
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There are three baseline requirements for any graphic designer: Imagination, fluency with the Adobe Creative Cloud, and the ability to draw a straight line. As a matter of fact, the programs in Adobe CC are so intuitive these days that the last one is probably negotiable. Which is why if you’re looking to land a […]
Even an hour a day is a good chunk of time to spend in your car. Why not make it feel a little bit more like home? Luckily, we’ve got a roundup of gadgets that can do just that and more – everything from high-tech air freshener alternatives to live-saving heads up displays. Spinning Car […]