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AirBurr flying robot navigates in cluttered indoor environments

By Damir Beciri
One Comment19 June 2012

airburrMost flying robots aren’t built to recover from shocks after a collision, but a group of researchers from EPFL decided to construct a robot which is suitable for navigation in cluttered indoor environment. Named AirBurr, the flying robot acts like some flying insects and takes advantage of collisions in order to find its way around… »

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Small LED projector projects sharp images on uneven surfaces

By Damir Beciri
One Comment5 May 2012

fraunhofer-mini-LED-projector-1.jpgIn order to compensate for usually small display size on digital cameras and smartphones, many companies and research groups focused on development of small projectors that could be used alongside these devices to project larger images on nearby surfaces. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Fraunhofer IOF) in Jena, developed… »

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A new lightweight robot inspired by spiders

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments10 November 2011

fraunhofer-robotic-spiderSpiders have inspired a group of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA to create a mobile robot which looks and moves as spiders. This high-tech assistant is still a prototype, but researchers envision its use as an exploratory tool in environments that are too hazardous or hardly reachable for humans…. »


MIT Alphabet prototype robot connects the real world with virtual

By Rob Aid
One Comment26 November 2010

mit-alphabet-prototype-robot-1In order to counter the multimedia brought by TV shows and video games which leave kids stationary, the researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a system called Playtime Computing. Aside the projectors, the prototype of the Playtime Computing system consists of a cube-shaped, remote-controlled robot, called the Alphabot, with infrared emitters at its… »

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Indian school children to test new, low-cost electronic notepad

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments11 November 2010

i-slate-for-india-1Thanks to a partnership between Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Houston’s Rice University and an Indian nonprofit, Villages for Development and Learning Foundation (ViDAL), some of the estimated 100 million Indian children who attend schools without electricity may soon have access to one of the world’s most advanced electronic notepads. Dubbed I-slate, the device is… »


MIT researchers developing portable solar-powered desalination system

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments16 October 2010

mit-water-desalination-1Although systems that remove salt from saltwater (desalination systems) have existed for decades, they are typically large-scale installations that require lots of energy to operate.  A team of researchers from MIT has designed a solar-powered desalination system that could be rapidly deployed in remote areas, such as desert locations or farms and small villages in… »

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Berkeley Bionics eLEGS exoskeleton could help paraplegics walk

By Damir Beciri
One Comment9 October 2010

amanda-walk-in-elegs-exoskeletonBerkeley Bionics developed the first practical exoskeleton and the first untethered exoskeleton in the world. Later on, through a licensed agreement with Lockheed Martin Corporation, they came up with HULC exoskeleton which is meant for military use. A few days ago they unveiled similarly looking eLEGS, a wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device that powers paraplegics… »

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Raytheon’s second-generation exoskeleton XOS 2

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments30 September 2010

xos-2-exoskeleton-1Raytheon Company unveiled their second generation Exoskeleton named XOS 2 at their research facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, during a demonstration with Paramount Home Entertainment. The new robotic suit is lighter, faster and stronger than its predecessor, yet it uses 50 percent less power. Its enhanced design also makes it more resistant to the… »