Robotics

Investigating robot illusions and simulations of reality

To evaluate the performance of robotics algorithms and controllers, researchers typically use software simulations or real physical robots. While these may appear as two distinct evaluation strategies, there is a whole other ...

Robotics

Multifunctional metallic backbones for origami robotics

Origami robots can be formed by tightly integrating multiple functions of actuation, sensing and communication. But the task is challenging as conventional materials including plastics and paper used for such robotic designs ...

Robotics

A system to automatically detect and collect garbage

Numerous countries worldwide are currently facing major problems related to waste collection, particularly in urban areas, due to the large amount of waste generated daily by the population. Technology could play a significant ...

Robotics

New designs for jumping and wing-flapping microrobots

Researchers at the University of California (UC) Berkeley have recently designed two insect-scale microbots, one that jumps and another that flaps its artificial wings. These robot designs, presented in two papers pre-published ...

Robotics

Enhancing the locomotion of small robots with microwheels

Microbots could have several useful applications, particularly within biomedical and healthcare settings. For instance, due to their small size, these small machines could be inserted within the human body, allowing doctors ...

Robotics

Solving a Rubik's Cube with a dexterous hand

In recent years, a growing number of researchers have explored the use of robotic arms or dexterous hands to solve a variety of everyday tasks. While many of them have successfully tackled simple tasks, such as grasping or ...

Robotics

An evolutionary robotics approach for robot swarm cooperation

Recombination, the rearrangement of genetic materials as a result of mating or of combining segments of DNA from different organisms, has numerous evolutionary advantages. For instance, it allows organisms to remove deleterious ...

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