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2019
5 Apr

Facial recognition technology aims to detect emotional state in pigs

State-of-the-art facial recognition technology is being used in an attempt to detect different emotional states in pigs.
2018
27 Dec

Growing bio-inspired shapes with hundreds of tiny robots

Hundreds of small robots can work in a team to create biology-inspired shapes - without an underlying master plan, purely based on local communication and movement. To achieve this, researchers introduced the biological principles of self-organisation to swarm robotics.
2017
20 Nov

Grant to establish robotics centre for tackling nuclear waste

It will go towards the creation of the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics which is a multi-university project that has received funding and contributions totalling £40m to bring together a diverse consortium of experts in robotics, AI, sensors and radiation resilient embedded systems to address nuclear waste problems.
20 Jun

Urine powered displays

PEE POWER has been given a prime location at Glastonbury Festival just a few hundred metres from the Pyramid stage to showcase turning urine into electricity.
16 Mar

Wearable robotic tools for surgery

A collaborative team of researchers is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement as well as the ability to 'sense', 'see', control and safely navigate through the surgical environment.
22 Feb

Award for 3D printed bionic hands

Open Bionics is revolutionising the healthcare industry by using 3D scanning and 3D printing to dramatically cut the cost of fitting hand amputees with robotic prosthetics.
19 Jan

Artificial fingertip that feels

Pushing the boundaries of soft robotics, the open-source tactile fingertip, known as TacTip, is a 3D-printed tactile sensor that has been developed by the Tactile Robotics Team from Bristol Robotics Laboratory.
2016
23 Sep

Standard highlighting the ethical hazards of robots is published

BSI, the business standards company has published BS 8611 Ethics design and application robots.
2 Aug

Smart bricks will transform how buildings work

Smart bricks capable of recycling wastewater and generating electricity from sunlight are being developed by a team of scientists.
2015
15 Dec

Wearable energy generator uses urine to power wireless transmitter

This is the first self-sufficient system powered by a wearable energy generator based on microbial fuel cell technology.
9 Mar

'Pee-power' to light camps in disaster zones

It is hoped the pee-power technology will light cubicles in refugee camps, which are often dark and dangerous places particularly for women.
2014
23 May

IDTechEx see a great future for electric quadcopters

The starting point for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is rarely military; it is at the other extreme with toy helicopters and predating professional UAV helicopters and so on. Despite the emphasis in the press, it is not all about improvement of batteries.
14 May

Drones employed to inspect easyJet's fleet of 220 Airbus aircraft

easyJet, the UK's largest airline, has announced it is working with the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a partnership between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), to modify existing technology so that drones can be employed to inspect its fleet of 220 Airbus aircraft.
2013
11 Nov

Artificial heart pumps human waste to power future robots

A new device that may be capable of pumping human waste into the 'engine room' of a self-sustaining robot has been created by a group of researchers.
2010
12 Aug

Autonomous robot that eats sewage

Researchers at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory are working on an autonomous robot, dubbed EcoBot III.