June 3, 2020

HAMR-Jr Is a Speedy Quadrupedal Robot the Size of a Penny

The last time we checked in with the Harvard Ambulatory MicroRobot (HAMR) was in 2018, when I spent far too much time trying (with a very small amount of what might charitably be called success) to adapt some MC Hammer lyrics for an article intro. Despite having “micro robot” right in the name, if we’re talking about insect scale, HAMR was a bit chunky, measuring about 5 centimeters long and weighing around 3 grams. At ICRA this week, we’ve been introduced […]
June 3, 2020

Next-generation cockroach-inspired robot is small but mighty

This itsy-bitsy robot can’t climb up the waterspout yet but it can run, jump, carry heavy payloads and turn on a dime. Dubbed HAMR-JR, this microrobot developed by researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, is a half-scale version of the cockroach-inspired Harvard Ambulatory Microrobot or HAMR. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
June 3, 2020

Next-generation cockroach-inspired robot is small but mighty

Dubbed HAMR-JR, this microrobot is a half-scale version of the cockroach-inspired Harvard Ambulatory Microrobot or HAMR. About the size of a penny, HAMR-JR can perform almost all of the feats of its larger-scale predecessor, making it one of the most dexterous microrobots to date. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
June 3, 2020

An origami-based robotic structure inspired by ladybird wings

Researchers at Seoul National University have recently developed a compact and lightweight origami structure inspired by ladybird beetles. In a paper published in Science Robotics they show how this structure can be used to build a winged jump-gliding robot. Jump-gliding is a specific locomotion style that combines gliding and jumping movements. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
June 3, 2020

A new mom reviews two smart breast pumps

What’s it like having newborn twins? Well, the other day while eating a cinnamon roll for breakfast at 1:30pm, I accidentally bit off the end of the plastic fork I was using and I just kept chewing because I simply did not have time to react. I am wr… Source: Reviews – https://www.engadget.com/rss.xml
June 3, 2020

What will it take for us to trust a robot?

A robotic vacuum cleaner is easy to trust. We really need a lot more confidence in a robot that might be performing vital surgery on our body. Source: Phys Org – Robotics
June 3, 2020

Snoo review: Is this smart bassinet worth it? – CNET

This smart crib promises to give parents more sleep by soothing their crying babies and keeping them safely on their back. Find out if it delivers on its promises. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
June 2, 2020

Robot Learns to Cook Your Perfect Omelette

Cooking robots have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. We’re not yet at the point where we’ve got robot arms dangling from the ceiling that do all the work for us, but there are a bunch of robots out there with reasonable cookie-making skills. However, we’ve mostly seen cooking robots that are programmed to follow a specific recipe, rather than cooking robots that are programmed to cook you exactly what you want. Sometimes these are […]
June 2, 2020

A smarter way of building with mobile robots

Researchers are working with a mobile robotic platform called Husky A200 that could be used for autonomous logistic tasks on construction sites. This mobile robot is one of many projects pursued by the Fraunhofer Italia Innovation Engineering Center to advance the cause of digitalization in construction and bridge the gap between robotics and the building industry. Researchers at this center based in Bolzano, Italy, are developing a software interface that will enable mobile robots to find their way around in […]
June 2, 2020

These flexible feet help robots walk faster

Roboticists have developed flexible feet that can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips. The work has applications for search-and-rescue missions as well as space exploration. Source: Science Daily – Robotics