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22 Feb 2021

Credit Card Sized Soft Pumps Power Wearable Artificial Muscles

Robotic clothing that is entirely soft and could help people to move more easily is a step closer to reality thanks to the development of a new flexible and lightweight power system for soft robotics.
17 Feb 2021

Robotic Construction System for Better Buildings in Less Time

Emerging robotics technology may soon help construction companies and contractors create buildings in less time at higher quality and at lower costs. Researchers have developed and are testing a novel construction robotic system that uses an innovative mechanical design with advances in computer vision sensing technology to work in a construction setting.
12 Feb 2021

Hyundai Unveils TIGER Ultimate Mobility Vehicle Concept

Hyundai Motor Group has revealed TIGER, the company's second Ultimate Mobility Vehicle and the first designed to be uncrewed. The transforming intelligent ground excursion robot is designed to carry various types of payload while traveling over challenging terrain.
11 Feb 2021

Surgical Robots Revolutionise Prostate Cancer Treatment

Researchers have developed a minuscule robot that could revolutionize surgical procedures for treating prostate cancer, which affects one in nine men in the United States. Using a lifelike model, the team demonstrated that the surgical robot could not only remove the prostate gland and tissues through the urethra, but also accomplish the difficult step of suturing the bladder to the urethra.
10 Feb 2021

Soft Robots use Camera and Shadows to Sense Human Touch

Soft robots may not be in touch with human feelings, but they are getting better at feeling human touch. Researchers have created a low-cost method for soft, deformable robots to detect a range of physical interactions, from pats to punches to hugs, without relying on touch at all. Instead, a USB camera located inside the robot captures the shadow movements of hand gestures on the robot's skin and classifies them with machine-learning software.
8 Feb 2021

World First Electric Urban Air Port Secures UK Government Backing

The Future Flight Challenge has been created to develop aviation infrastructure and systems that enable the next generation of electric and autonomous air vehicles. Air-One is a world-first fully-operational hub for future electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft - such as cargo drones and air taxis - to be launched in Coventry later this year.
8 Feb 2021

Secure Human-Robot Collaboration Thanks to Radar

A breakthrough in collaborative robotics is within reach thanks to an enabling technology for functional safety in various robot systems and applications, including high-performance robots.
5 Feb 2021

Strategy Lessons from Latest News

In this article we introduce some guidelines useful in formulating your strategy. In other articles we have given the latest on tools that are useful such as the profitability V curve and the experience curve.
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5 Feb 2021

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot can now Recharge Itself

Boston Dynamics announced an expanded product line for its agile mobile robot Spot. The new products include a self-charging Enterprise Spot, web-based remote operations software, Scout, and the Spot Arm. These additions extend Spot's ability to perform autonomous, remote inspections and data collection, and enable the robot to perform manual tasks.
5 Feb 2021

Sensors Everywhere

With sensors, the systems and software are a bigger business than the sensors themselves. For example, your body has primitive sensors such as eyes and fingers, but it processes the data in combination, so the whole is greater than the parts. Call it "sensor fusion", something increasingly seen in the automotive, healthcare, and robotic industries.
5 Feb 2021

Brain Inspired Technology has Robotics Potential

Strategic Elements Ltd is pleased to report proof of concept work that highlights its printable neuromorphic technology's potential for data processing and self-learning in soft robotics (e.g. touch sensing) and other signal processing applications such as computer vision applications.
4 Feb 2021

GKN to Explore Large EVTOL Aircraft Called Skybus

GKN Aerospace is to lead a trio of new programs to advance sustainable aviation technology. The UK-based group will be coordinating 15 other organizations in work backed by a £4.5 million investment from the government's Future Flight Challenge fund.
4 Feb 2021

Profitability V Curves

A valuable tool in predicting risk and enduring profitability of businesses is the profitability V curve.
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2 Feb 2021

Strange Experience Curves Cause Wrong Investments?

In 1936, Theodore Paul Wright, at Curtiss-Wright in the United States, found that every time total aircraft production doubled, the required labour time for a new aircraft fell by 20%. This has become known as "Wright's law".
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2 Feb 2021

Alphabet Again Exits Drones: Others Again Jump In

In 2017, after four years of setbacks and crashes, Alphabet shut its project flying solar-powered fixed-wing drones in the upper atmosphere to beam the internet to those cut-off. They have now ended their upper-atmosphere balloon version as well.
28 Jan 2021

Lasers Create Miniature Robots from Bubbles

Robots are widely used to build cars, paint airplanes and sew clothing in factories, but the assembly of microscopic components, such as those for biomedical applications, has not yet been automated. Lasers could be the solution.
27 Jan 2021

Intelligent Robot Helps to Maintain Orchards

Orchards are among the most species-rich biotopes in Central Europe. But many stands are acutely threatened: Since their management is hardly worthwhile from an economic point of view, the vast majority of orchards are not or only poorly maintained. Researchers are working on the development of an autonomous robot that will largely take over tree pruning independently in the future.
26 Jan 2021

EasyMile and Sono Motors Solar Powered Autonomous Passenger Shuttle

EasyMile and Sono Motors are equipping an EZ10 autonomous shuttle prototype with Sono Motors' patented solar technology, testing a new energy concept for electric and driverless shuttles.
25 Jan 2021

Squid Inspired Robot Swims with Marine Animals

Scientists have developed a flexible underwater robot that can propel itself through water in the same style as nature's most efficient swimmer - the Aurelia aurita jellyfish.
22 Jan 2021

£12M UK-Japan Robotics Deal for Fusion Energy, Nuclear Decomissioning

Britain and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. A world-leading alliance, it will see new robotics and automation techniques applied to both fusion research and to decommissioning nuclear facilities in Japan and the UK.