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.
Radioactive-busting robotic suit
If wearable technologies are the future, a radioactive-busting robotic suit could represent yet one more dramatic step into the beyond.
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.
Alternative to traditional batteries moves a step closer
Lithium-ion batteries could be under threat after the development of polymer materials that could challenge the dominance of these traditional batteries.
Metasonics have developed several technologies using ultrasound that could be relevant to the consumer market.
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.
A new method of 3D printing living tissues
Scientists have developed a new method to 3D-print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures. The approach could revolutionise regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body.
North Thin Ply Technology
North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) is a company formed in 2008 that specialize in the thin ply prepregs for composite products. IDTechEx analyst Richard Collins interviewed Joe Summers (Sales and Marketing director).
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.
Pioneering chip extends sensors' battery life
A low-cost chip that enables batteries in sensors to last longer, in some cases by over ten times, has been developed by engineers.
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.
Electrifying news . . . nano-modified aerospace composites
New technology that could enhance both the electrical and thermal conductivity of conventional composite materials has been developed.
UK car preparing for solar challenge
Solar Team Great Britain, which is developing a solar race car and aims to be the first British team to win the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, has completed a data-collection mission to generate real-world-conditions information on the 3,022km race route from Darwin, Australia to Adelaide.
Diamond-age of power generation as nuclear batteries developed
New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current.