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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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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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Automated plant factory for the production of vaccines

By Damir Beciri
27 June 2013

fks-themaAlthough chicken-egg production presents a reliable method for vaccine production, in a global pandemic emergency, it takes too long and does not yield enough vaccine. A team of Fraunhofer Institute researchers from the USA has built up a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant plant factory which relies on molecular farming. Molecular farming is an easy,… »

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Fire ants inspire principles of underground locomotion

By Damir Beciri
2 June 2013

fire-ants-1Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) researchers studied fire ants to uncover fundamental principles of locomotion that could be applied on teams of robots which travel through underground tunnels. Among the study’s findings, the researchers were surprised by the first observation that ants in confined spaces use their antennae for locomotion as well as for… »

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Quadrotor robots throw, catch and balance inverted pendulum

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments26 February 2013

quadrotors-juggling-1A student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich developed an algorithm which enables two quadrotors to balance an inverted pendulum and juggle it among each other. In order to achieve this stunt, the researchers had to set theoretical models of the process, and engineer the complete system of balancing, throwing, catching, and… »

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Droplets – team of tiny swarming robots

By Damir Beciri
One Comment15 December 2012

cu-droplet-robotMany research groups around the world have been inspired by swarms and they have been striving to develop suitable platforms and different algorithms. A group of researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder has developed a basic robotic building block called droplet, and they hope they’ll be able to reproduce it in large quantities to… »

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LEXI robot aids in explosive testing

By Damir Beciri
10 November 2012

llnl-lexi-robotResearchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have devised a new robot used for explosive tests in the National Explosives Engineering Sciences Security (NEXESS) Center. The platform they chose as a base for their robot is iRobot Packbot 510 – a robot manufactured by the same company that created the Roomba vacuum-cleaning robot –… »