May 21, 2018

Soft machines: Fast, low-voltage actuator for soft and wearable robotics

In the world of robotics, soft robots are the new kids on the block. The unique capabilities of these automata are to bend, deform, stretch, twist or squeeze in all the ways that conventional rigid robots cannot. Today, it is easy to envision a world in which humans and robots collaborate — in close proximity — in many realms. Emerging soft robots may help to ensure that this can be done safely, and in a way that syncs to human […]
May 21, 2018

Self-healing material a breakthrough for bio-inspired robotics

Many natural organisms have the ability to repair themselves. Now, manufactured machines will be able to mimic this property. Researchers have created a self-healing material that spontaneously repairs itself under extreme mechanical damage. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
May 21, 2018

Nokia Sleep review: Smart home controls don’t live up to the hype

When Nokia officially took over the Withings brand in 2017, it inherited many of its products, like the Activité watches, the WiFi Body scales and a wireless blood pressure monitor (that was relaunched as the Nokia BPM+). The one product it di… Source: Reviews – https://www.engadget.com/rss.xml
May 21, 2018

OnePlus 6 review: A big step closer to the perfect smartphone

I still remember that day, more than four years ago, when OnePlus came out of nowhere with its promise “to spare no expense” to bring us “the perfect smartphone.” Ever since then, the OnePlus handsets have consistently punched above their weight agai… Source: Reviews – https://www.engadget.com/rss.xml
May 19, 2018

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin review: A milestone for laptop gaming

There’s no question that gaming laptops are more interesting than ever before. Mostly, that’s due to NVIDIA’s Max-Q GPUs, which allow PC makers to cram a ton of power into slim laptop cases. Last year we saw the 17.9mm-thick, 4.9-pound ASUS Zephy… Source: Reviews – https://www.engadget.com/rss.xml
May 19, 2018

Video Friday: Andy Rubin on Robotics, Dynamic Exoskeleton, and Two Robot Heads

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Flash Robotics via YouTube Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): ICRA 2018 – May 21-25, 2018 – Brisbane, Australia Dynamic Walking Conference – May 21-24, 2018 – Pensacola, Fla., USA RoboCup 2018 – June 18-22, 2018 – Montreal, Canada RSS 2018 – June 26-30, […]
May 18, 2018

Rutgers Researchers Create a 3D-Printed Smart Gel That Walks Underwater, Moves Objects

The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. Source: Robotics Tomorrow
May 18, 2018

Jabra Elite 65t review: Put down your AirPods

Whether you like it or not, true wireless earbuds are having a moment. They actually have for a while now, and Apple’s introduction of AirPods only added fuel to the fire. Most of the big names in audio have introduced models, following the path Brag… Source: Reviews – https://www.engadget.com/rss.xml
May 18, 2018

Sharing the workplace with robots? New tool helps designers create safer machines

A research team is helping robot developers design machines less likely to injure the humans they work with. How? With their novel ‘safety map.” Source: Phys Org – Robotics
May 18, 2018

Albatross robot takes flight

MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water’s surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat. In regions of high wind, the robot is designed to stay aloft, much like its avian counterpart. Where there are calmer winds, the robot can dip a keel into the water to ride like a highly efficient sailboat instead. The robotic system, which borrows from both nautical and biological designs, can cover […]