Category: Robotics

American scientists have replaced the optical perception of robots by scanning RFID tags. This development could also facilitate the communication of drone swarms.

A test run at the MIT: The bottle and lid are provided with RFID tags and can thus be localized by the robots - with every movement.Photo: MIT

A test run at the MIT: The bottle and lid are provided with RFID tags and can thus be located by the robots – with every movement.

Photo: MIT

In some situations a robot has a similar problem as humans. If, for example, he has to recognize objects for complex tasks, his visual perception – (more…)

Together, the robots of the future should be strong. They should discuss and distribute tasks in such a way that they reach the goals that people gave them as quickly and as well as possible. But they must learn to understand that.

Robots stand at the intersection of a grid structure

Photo: panthermedia.net/Higyou

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT ) have selected-first of all odd-looking role models for their work on a new generation of robots: The Seven Samurai, the former football players (more…)

US robotic company “Iron Ox” has opened the first automated leaf-fruit plant near San Francisco. The vision of the company are completely autonomous farms. You could produce fruit and vegetables locally to compensate for the shortage of labor.

You can see a robot arm gripping a plant.

Robots are already taking over large parts of the work in the indoor farm : They put the plants, for example, in larger hydroponic dishes, so they grow faster.

Photo: Iron Ox

The automated plant factory is an (more…)

When humanoid robots look like real people, people also develop empathy for them. This makes it harder for them to make factual decisions. This has been shown in a study.

What difference does it make to humans if a humanoid robot resembles a machine? Photo: Nijmegen University / NL

What difference does it make to humans if a humanoid robot resembles a machine? A team of German and Dutch scientists has investigated this.

Photo: University of Nijmegen / NL

It is absurd for fans of the science fiction series Star Trek to complain in forums, that the figure Data (more…)

The skin is full of sensors that absorb information from the environment. Researchers have used simple means to create an electronic skin that transfers this information to prostheses or robots for better control.

You can see a computer hand and a human hand touching each other.

Portuguese and US scientists have found a simple way to make electronic skin, including integrated microelectronics.

Photo: Panthermedia.net/AndreyPopov

The human skin surface contains a wealth of pressure and temperature and push buttons. (more…)

With 322 industrial robots per 10,000 employees, Germany ranks third worldwide. The rest of the EU also occupies a leading position in the race for automation. But the growth markets are in China, South Korea, Japan and the USA.

Robots in a car factory

The automotive industry has the highest robot density of all industries.

Photo: panthermedia.net/zhuzhu

Table on sales of industrial robots per year. Trend: rising

Sales of industrial robots will rise to 630,000 units by 2021, estimates the IFR.

Photo: IFR / World Robotics (more…)

ETH Zurich has built a four-legged robot that is as versatile as a Swiss knife. About the size of a dog, ANYmal is designed for difficult terrain and disaster relief and rescue operations. The programmed four-legged friends also have hobbies: dancing, playing football and acting.

Robot ANYmal is suitable for use in disasters and rescue operations.

Robot ANYmal is suitable for use in disasters and rescue operations.

Photo: ANYbotics

ANYmal has been developed since 2009 by the Robotic Systems Lab of the Swiss Federal Institute (more…)

For the first time, a team has managed to send an unmanned small sailboat across the harsh North Atlantic. In the future, the sailing buoy is to penetrate into areas in which no ship’s crew would dare. Also in the middle of the hurricane.

Extremely robust: The sailbooy has survived 80 days on the rough North Atlantic. The sailboat is only two meters long and weighs 60 kilos.

Extremely robust: the Sailbuoy has survived 80 days on the rough North Atlantic. The sailboat is only two meters long and weighs 60 kilos.

Photo: Offshore Sensing / Sailbuoy

It looks like a toy, but it is not. The (more…)

They fly controlled and like a skilled stuntman, land safely: the “Stuntronics”, which wants to use Disney as a new attraction in its amusement parks. In the future, they could also take risky stunt scenes in films.

In the air, the robots are already a really good figure.

In the costume, the flying stuntronics could quite as a human go through.

Photo: Disney Imagineering

The first prototype did not look human at all: a metal block that resembles a brick in shape and size and was also called “Brick”. But Brick (more…)

In the near future, a swarm of robots, which are currently developing German researchers, will take part in the search for life on Mars. They are to explore a 7000 meter deep ditch on Mars, where water is suspected. Life could have developed there.

Robot swarm from Germany explores the deepest canyon on Mars

The DFKI running robot and the rover of the Technical University of Munich are said to be working together in a swarm of robots on Mars work. They are to search for life in the largest canyon in our solar system.

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