Amazon reveals Prime Air drone capable of 30 minute deliveries

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Robotics | One Comment
Amazon reveals Prime Air drone capable of 30 minute deliveries

By Nick Lavars on December 2, 2013. As early as 2015, your Amazon purchases could be dropped at your door within 30 minutes courtesy of unmanned aerial drones. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed plans for the delivery service Prime Air (an extension of Amazon Prime which guarantees two-day shipping) in a 60 Minutes interview on […]

Unbeatable rock-paper-scissors robot gets even faster

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Unbeatable rock-paper-scissors robot gets even faster

By Jason Falconer on November 4, 2013. Remember that high speed robot from last year that could beat humans at rock, paper, scissors? Since then, researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Oku Lab have continued to work on it. The result? Well, they couldn’t really improve its accuracy beyond 100 percent, so instead they […]

RHex robot shows off Parkour moves

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Robotics | No Comments
RHex robot shows off Parkour moves

By Brian Dodson on July 25, 2013. Parkour is all about hurling yourself quickly and efficiently past whatever obstacles are in your path while maintaining as much momentum as possible. It’s a challenge for humans, so how would robots fare? In an effort to push the boundaries of robotic agility, researchers at the University of […]

UBR-1 robot costs a fraction of its bigger brothers

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Robotics | No Comments
UBR-1 robot costs a fraction of its bigger brothers

By Jason Falconer on October 21, 2013. A new research robot was unveiled today by Unbounded Robotics that has a good chance of infiltrating robotics labs around the world. Unbounded Robotics’ founding members hail from Willow Garage, where they helped to develop the PR2 (a robot famous for performing everyday tasks like folding laundry). The […]

Swarming robot cleaner concept wins Design Lab 2013

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Swarming robot cleaner concept wins Design Lab 2013

By Bridget Borgobello on October 20, 2013. Fancy coming home to find a swarm of flying mini robots doing your cleaning? That’s the futuristic picture of domestic bliss envisioned by young Colombian designer Adrian Perez Zapata, whose Mab concept has won this year’s Electrolux Design Lab competition. Each year the Design Lab competition sees students […]

Fleet of eBee drones capture the immensity of the Matterhorn

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Robotics | No Comments
Fleet of eBee drones capture the immensity of the Matterhorn

By Heidi Hoopes, October 15, 2013. Explorers have mapped the surface of the iconic Matterhorn painstakingly by foot, by satellite, and now by drone, thanks to a partnership between drone maker senseFly and nonprofit Drone Adventures. Launching a small squadron of eBee minidrones off the summit and sides of the famous Alps mountaintop, the mission […]

Ziphius takes drone tech to the waves

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Robotics | No Comments
Ziphius takes drone tech to the waves

By Ben Coxworth on June 28, 2013. It wasn’t all that long ago that the product category of “consumer aerial drone” was created, thanks to the introduction of smart-but-relatively-cheap quadcopters such as the AR Drone. These remote-control aircraft can be a lot of fun, but … what about those of us who prefer the water […]

Mataerial 3D printer builds gravity-defying structures directly onto walls

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Robotics | No Comments
Mataerial 3D printer builds gravity-defying structures directly onto walls

By Jonathan Fincher, May 24, 2013. After 3Doodler, a pen that lets users sketch 3D objects with plastic filament, almost like a 3D printer. It’s a fun little gadget, but what if someone made a device that offers similar freedom, except it built objects over 10 times larger? It might look something like the Mataerial […]

Together at last – an RC car and a Quadcopter

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Robotics | No Comments
Together at last – an RC car and a Quadcopter

By Ben Coxworth, May 24, 2013. Quadcopters are becoming more and more popular with radio-controlled model enthusiasts, but sometimes … sometimes you still just want to remotely-control a car. If that’s the case with you, then UK-based product designer Witold Mielniczek has got you covered. His prototype vehicle, known simply as B, functions as both […]

Honda begins leasing Walking Assist Exoskeleton

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Robotics | No Comments
Honda begins leasing Walking Assist Exoskeleton

By Mike Hanlon. May 27, 2013. Practical exoskeletons have moved considerably closer to everyday use with the news that Honda has begun leasing 100 of its Walking Assist Devices to hospitals in Japan so that it can monitor and validate their usefulness in the real world. Honda’s announcement means it has joined  Panasonic’s Activelink Powerloader, Cyberdyne’s HAL, Argo […]