Robot News

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 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

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 […]
May 17, 2018

Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

A robotic system has been developed to automate the production of human mini-organs derived from stem cells. The ability to rapidly, mass produce organoids promises to expand the use of mini-organs in basic research and drug discovery. The system was tested in producing kidney organoids, including models of polycystic kidney disease. The robots were also programmed to analyze the organoids they produced. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
May 17, 2018

How Self-driving Vehicles Contribute to a Culture of Safety

Companies recognize that maintaining a safe work environment is just as important as increasing productivity. It’s maximizing the safety and efficiency of a facility that matters most, and SDVs are a tool both manufacturers and warehouses can use to makes this possible Source: Robotics Tomorrow
May 17, 2018

Applying machine learning to challenges in the pharmaceutical industry

MIT continues its efforts to transform the process of drug design and manufacturing with a new MIT-industry consortium, the Machine Learning for Pharmaceutical Discovery and Synthesis. The new consortium already includes eight industry partners, all major players in the pharmaceutical field, including Amgen, BASF, Bayer, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Sunovion, and WuXi. A large number of these have a research presence in Cambridge or the surrounding areas, allowing for close cooperation and the creation of a center for artificial intelligence (AI) […]
May 17, 2018

Dürr Building Smart and Resource-efficient Paint Shop in Mexico

Dürr is building a paint shop in Mexico for its customer BMW Group that meets the requirements for connected Industry 4.0 production. This ultra-modern plant features the first integrated smart factory concept from Dürr in the world is being built at San Luis Potosi Source: Robotics Tomorrow
May 17, 2018

Robotic Technology Goes Beyond Automation

While the obvious benefit of robotic technology is to automate business processes, there are an abundance of opportunities for robotic technology to improve the lives of humans without engaging in automation. Source: Robotics Tomorrow