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Robot co-active learning adjusts to context-driven user preferences

By Damir Beciri
16 November 2013

cornell-baxter-robot-1Researchers at the Cornell University created an algorithm which enables robots to “coactively learn” from humans and make adjustments while an action is in progress. Their approach relies on a combination of machine learning, object and user association, and trajectory adjustment could allow robots to operate more reliably when it comes to object manipulation and… »

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Using natural hydrothermal vents as deep-sea batteries

By Maja Bosanac
9 November 2013

rov-and-using-power-from-hydrothermal-vents-1Collaboration between researchers at the RIKEN Institute, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science, and University of Tokyo resulted in development of a robust robotic system that uses natural hydrothermal vents on the sea floor to generate electricity. This novel system is simple and corrosion-resistant, and it could be used to revolutionize ocean exploration and improve our… »

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Bo and Yana – robots that make programming fun and accessible for children

By Maja Bosanac
2 Comments3 November 2013

bo-and-yana-robots-1A start-up called Play-i consisting of a team of engineers, inventors and designers, has introduced delightful robots that fuse play with programming for kids of all ages. The robots work by utilizing Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to a touch-enabled mobile device like an iPad. They make computers science education accessible and fun for children ages… »

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JEROS – swimming robot that controls overpopulated jellyfish population

By Maja Bosanac
One Comment12 October 2013

kaist-jeros-robotA group of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a jellyfish removal robot named Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm (JEROS). This cooperative robot is designed to patrol the seas in swarms in order to detect and destroy jellyfish swarms. After four years of development, JEROS recently successfully finished its… »

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M-Blocks – simple modules for self-assembling robots

By Damir Beciri
11 October 2013

mit-m-blocks-1Despite the fact they are small cubes with no exterior moving parts, M-Blocks robots can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form more complex shapes. What makes them different from other examples of modular robotic cubes we previously wrote about is their simplicity because MIT researchers decided to… »

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RoboPipe built to inspect petrochemical platforms pipes

By Damir Beciri
21 September 2013

robo-pipe-1Currently, the process pipes that are at a height of more than two meters in offshore or onshore platforms must be inspected by human staff that climbs through scaffolding. In order to lower the risk, Mexican Corporation of Material Research (COMIMSA) designed RoboPipe – a robot prototype able to detect cracks or corrosion inside the… »

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Cubelets – robotic building blocks

By Damir Beciri
18 July 2013

cubelets-kt06-kitBuilding blocks from our childhood and our imagination enabled us to create new worlds and explore different ways to use what we had at our disposal. A year ago, Modular Robotics came up with Cubelets – simple robotic cubes which serve as building blocks that behave differently depending on how you connect them, like a… »

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Infinibotics Cosmo – robotic toy car meant for edutainment

By Damir Beciri
15 July 2013

cidse-infinibotics-cosmo-robot-toy-car-2A group of Arizona State University (ASU) engineering students recently got a boost for Infinibotics – a business startup focused on development of an edutainment toy able to engage with children. They developed Cosmo – a robotic toy car which serves as play buddy and a tool for teaching pre-school-age children basic math and spelling… »