Robotics

Giving robots a better feel for object manipulation

A new learning system developed by MIT researchers improves robots' abilities to mold materials into target shapes and make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids. The system, known as a learning-based ...

Robotics

New robot hand is soft and strong

50 years ago, the first industrial robot arm called Unimate assembled a simple breakfast of toast, coffee, and champagne. While it might have looked like a seamless feat, every movement and placement was coded with careful ...

Robotics

ABB robots will go to work at Shanghai factory of future 2020

ABB has announced its intent to build a $150 million factory in Shanghai; the Swiss-based engineering group is drawing lots of press not because of the factory's investment dollars but what this factory means as a manufacturing ...

Robotics

String art created by a robot

String art is a technique for the creation of visual artwork where images emerge from a set of strings that are spanned between pins. Now, at TU Vienna this work can be delegated to a robot—an example of a complex task ...

Robotics

Soft robots could be the factory workers of the future

Killer robots are already among us. Not weaponised drones, but industrial robots working alongside humans in factories that can cause significant injuries and occasionally deaths if an accident occurs. In 2015, an employee ...

Robotics

Startup to train robots like puppets

Robots today must be programmed by writing computer code, but imagine donning a VR headset and virtually guiding a robot through a task, like you would move the arms of a puppet, and then letting the robot take it from there.

Robotics

Sewbo robot can sew a t-shirt thanks to stiffened fabric

(Tech Xplore)—A robot that sews has attracted attention of a number of sites watching for news in robotics systems. Sewbo has announced what the company says is the world's first robotically sewn garment.

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