Fleet of "roboats" could collect garbage
The city of Amsterdam envisions a future where fleets of autonomous boats cruise its many canals to transport goods and people, collect trash, or self-assemble into floating stages and bridges.
Quadruped robot tested by pulling 3 tonne airplane
Researchers presented the most recent results about the new version of the hydraulic quadruped robot which has demonstrated that it is capable of pulling an airplane of 3300kg weight for more than 10 meters. The HyQReal robot is developed to support humans in emergency scenarios.
BeDimensional is an Italian company spun out from IIT. It was established in 2015/6.
Robots that care
Robots that care, with increased cognitive abilities. Robots able to perceive their environment, understand it, respond and behave appropriately and navigate autonomously. Robots that can assist patients and support the work of nurses and doctors in hospitals. This is what Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe aims to do within the course of a partnership.
Tendril-like soft robot is able to climb
Researchers obtained the first soft robot mimicking plant tendrils: it is able to curl and climb, using the same physical principles determining water transport in plants.
Robotics Flagship aims to develop sustainable robots and AI
The Robotics Flagship aims to develop robots and artificial intelligence that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable: this is the project proposal submitted to the European Commission, that by 2020 will have chosen the flagships that will receive one billion euros over ten years to guarantee Europe a leading position in science and technology.
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The Centauro: A new disaster response robot
Researchers have completed the realization, assembly and testing of a new disaster response robot: the Centauro, a Centaur-like robot consisting of a four-legged base and an anthropomorphic upper body. The robot is capable of performing robust locomotion, high strength manipulation and harsh interactions that may be necessary during the execution of disaster relief tasks.
Wearable for women's safety wins $1 million XPrize
Leaf Wearables- an Indian startup which raised $250,000 in 2016 to launch their first product SAFER- A Smart Pendant for Women Safety, has now won the $1 million Women's Safety XPRIZE.
Tattoo electrodes from an ink-jet printer
In the case of diagnostic methods such as electrocardiogram and electromyography, gel electrodes are the preferred method of transmitting electric impulses from the heart or muscle. In clinical practice the frequently stiff and cumbersome electrodes noticeably restrict the mobility of patients and are not very comfortable.
First hybrid nanotech device mimicking blood-brain barrier
The device, which is a combination of artificial and biological components, will be fundamental for studying new therapeutic strategies to overcome blood-brain barrier and treat brain diseases, such as tumors.
Graphene girders could double the life of lithium batteries
New research has found an effective approach to replacing graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries using silicon, by reinforcing the anode's structure with graphene girders. This could more than double the life of rechargeable lithium-ion based batteries and also increase the capacity delivered by those batteries.
Engineers create artificial graphene
Researchers are the first to observe the electronic structure of graphene in an engineered semiconductor; finding could lead to progress in advanced optoelectronics and data processing.