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Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

By | Artificial Intelligence, Berkeley, ETHZ, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, Science, TC

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before.

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This hole-digging drone parachutes in to get the job done

By | drone, electronics, Emerging-Technologies, energy, Gadgets, nebraska, Nimbus, Robotics, TC, Technology, university of nebraska, wireless

A new drone from the NIMBUS group at the University of Nebraska can fall out of a plane, parachute down, fly to a certain place, dig a hole, hide sensors inside it, and then fly away like some crazy wasp. Robots are weird. The goal of the project is to allow drones to place sensors […]

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Watch the ANYmal quadrupedal robot go for an adventure in the sewers of Zurich

By | Artificial Intelligence, ETH Zurich, ETHZ, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, Science

There’s a lot of talk about the many potential uses of multi-legged robots like Cheetahbot and Spot — but in order for those to come to fruition, the robots actually have to go out and do stuff. And to train for a glorious future of sewer inspection (and helping rescue people, probably), this Swiss quadrupedal bot is going deep underground.

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Drones ground flights at UK’s second largest airport

By | Civil Aviation Authority, drone, drones, Emerging-Technologies, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick Airport, gchq, Hardware, Robotics, TC, United Kingdom

Mystery drone operator/s have grounded flights at the U.K.’s second largest airport, disrupting the travel plans of hundreds of thousands of people hoping to get away over the festive period. The BBC reports that Gatwick Airport’s runway has been shut since Wednesday night on safety grounds, after drones were spotted being flown repeatedly over the […]

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Lift Aircraft’s Hexa may be your first multirotor drone ride

By | drones, Gadgets, Hardware, lift aircraft, passenger drones, Robotics, Startups, Transportation

We were promised jetpacks, but let’s be honest, they’re just plain unsafe. So a nice drone ride is probably all we should reasonably expect. Lift Aircraft is the latest to make a play for the passenger multirotor market, theoretical as it is, and its craft is a sleek little thing with some interesting design choices to make it suitable for laypeople to “pilot.”

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Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer

By | Alphabet, andy rubin, boston dynamics, Gadgets, Google, humanoid robot, robot, Robotics, schaft, Shaft, Softbank, SoftBank Group, university of tokyo, X

Sad news for anyone into giant robots: Google parent Alphabet is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts and generally looking badass. The news was first reported by Nikkei, but Alphabet confirmed to TechCrunch that the business will be shuttered. It said it is helping staff find […]

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The Da Vinci Drawmaton is a blast from the Renaissance

By | Artificial Intelligence, Da Vinci Surgical System, engineer, Gadgets, robot, Robotics, TC, The New York Times

Robert Sabuda makes mechanical books – pop up books with mechanical features that make them move and change while you read them – and he’s made it to the top of the New York Times best seller list multiple times. Now he’s taking on a new challenge: rebuilding and selling a version of Leonardo da […]

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