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Robotic insects take flight on printed wings - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets - TechNewsDaily | NBC News

Robotic insects take flight on wings made using printers

Mechanical flying insects can soon be made using printers.

NASA Funds Robotic Tumbling Cubes for Space Exploration - IEEE Spectrum

The Cubli: a cube that can jump up, balance, and 'walk'

The Cubli is a 15 × 15 × 15 cm cube that can jump up and balance on its corner. Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at high angular vel...

Methane leak? Robot sniffer dog is on the case - tech - 05 June 2014 - New Scientist

Methane leak? Robot sniffer dog is on the case

Gasbot and machines like it could one day be used to sniff out dangerous emissions in landfills, mines and even city streets

Gripping stuff (Image: Shadow Robots)

Robots can grip anything thanks to hands that can see

A robotic hand working with a Kinect depth-sensing camera can adjust its fingers to grasp any object it is presented with, from a lightbulb to a copy of New Scientist

War News Updates: Smaller Is Better -- The Future Of Warfare

Smaller Is Better -- The Future Of Warfare

The first is the Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) Ornithopter based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous designs. It has a wingspan of less than 5” and has an on-board rechargeable lithium polymer battery, which allows for 7 miuntes of flying time from a 5 minute charge. Air Force Plans To Pull Out Big (Uh, Little) Guns -- Chicago Tribune Scientists designing 'lethal' mini-drones WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — It may look like a futuristic arcade game, but it's a scene from an official Air Force…

Video Friday: Murata Cheerleaders, Soft Robotics, and ROSCon - IEEE Spectrum

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The 3D-printing robotic quadcopter hovers over its target (Photo: Aerial Robotics Lab)

Foam-squirting quadcopter becomes a flying 3D printer

Inspired by a bird known as the swiftlet, scientists have created a robotic quadcopter that can extrude polyurethane foam while in flight. By targeting where that foam goes, it can build up simple structures, essentially becoming a flying 3D printer.

Geckos’ toes have a remarkable ability to cling to flat surfaces. A new study questions the leading explanation of how the lizards pull off ...

Gecko adhesion takes electric turn

Challenging a favored theory, measurements suggest that electrostatic interactions make gecko feet supersticky.

shoe box–sized robotic octopus  ~~ D. Tsakiris/Institute of Computer Science/FORTH

Octobot uses webbed arms to swim faster

Octopus-inspired robot could one day help researchers observe underwater ecosystems.

No Batteries Here: New Implants Can Charge Through Your Body's Own Tissue | Innovation | Smithsonian

No Batteries Here: New Implants Can Charge Through Your Body's Own Tissue

A device being tested by Stanford University researchers is the latest in an area of medical development known as “electroceuticals.”

NASA Training 'Swarmie' Robots for Space Mining - IEEE Spectrum

NASA Training 'Swarmie' Robots for Space Mining

A swarm of small, clever robots could be key to self-sufficient solar system exploration

TRANSFORMER  A flat robot about the size of an iPad mini and made mostly of paper and plastic can fold itself into a crawling machine. ~~ Se...

Robots start flat, then pop into shape and crawl

The machines use heated hinges to transform into shape and crawl around.

MATERIAL IN MOTION  By mimicking the structure of cephalopod skin, materials scientists create an ultra-thin, flexible material that can cop...

Nature-inspired camouflage changes its looks with light

Thin, flexible new material steals the color-shifting capabilities of cephalopod skin.

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Flexible 'skin' can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks by sensing shear force

Engineers have developed a flexible sensor 'skin' that can be stretched over any part of a robot's body or prosthetic to accurately convey information about shear forces and vibration, which are critical to tasks ranging from cooking an egg to dismantling a bomb.

Video Friday IROS 2014: Humanoid Eyes, Drones With Arms, and Printable Robots - IEEE Spectrum

Origami Robot for Manipulation and Locomotion

"OrigamiBot-I: A Thread-Actuated Origami Robot for Manipulation and Locomotion," by Evan Vander Hoff, Donghwa Jeong, and Kiju Lee, from Case Western Reserve ...

split image of starfish and robot swarm

Thousand-robot swarm self-assembles into complex shapes

A swarm of a thousand tiny robots can now self-assemble into complex shapes, suggesting scientists have taken a step forward in engineering collective artificial intelligence