Category Archives: Robotics

Bio-Inspired Robot Walks with a Rhythm

Walking robots are not new, as robotic engineers have been fascinated by human movements while walking and have tried to incorporate them into their robots. As a result, we have had several walking robots, starting with WABOT I, the first anthropomorphic robot demonstrated in 1973 by I. Kato and his team at the Waseda University, Japan. Almost everyone remembers ASIMO, a humanoid robot introduced in 2000, as an Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, designed to be a multi-functional mobile assistant. Where Read more [...]

SALTO the Agile Jumping Robot

In the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley, Duncan Haldane is responsible for numerous bite-sized bio-inspired robots—robots with hairs, robots with tails, robots with wings, and running robots. Haldane and the other members of the lab look at the most talented and capable animals for inspiration for their robotic designs. The African Galago or Bushbaby is one such animal. It is a fluffy, cute, talented, and capable little jumping animal weighing only a few kilos. However, this little Read more [...]

Six-Legged Robot is faster than Insects

Evolution follows very intelligent designs, filtering out the failures by trial and error. However, evolution in nature takes place over billions of years, but that span of time may not be available to designers of robots. Usually, robotics design, inspired by biology, is about the designer figuring out the clever tricks that evolution has perfected and applying them to the robot for beating nature at her own game. For instance, studies have shown that most six-legged insects move with a tripedal Read more [...]

An Autonomous Robot Called Bat Bot or B2

Although detested and at the same time revered by people all over the world, bats are undoubtedly remarkable creatures when it comes to their ability to fly. While birds do perform the most nimble aerobatics, and most fishes swim superbly in water, bats possess the most refined powered flight mechanism, unmatched in the animal kingdom. Now a team of scientists has studied the way bats fly, and have built the first robot to mimic their flight mechanism. They have named the robot Bat Bot, or B2. The Read more [...]

What is Special about the SkyX Drones?

SkyX is a drone maker from Markham, Ontario. This startup has some unique designs for industrial drones. For instance, the SkyOne drone of the company can take off and land without needing a runway. That is, its takeoff and landing is more like that of a helicopter, but in flight, the drone resembles an airplane more closely. In technical terms of the drone industry, the SkyOne has both Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) and fixed-wing elements, while flying more than 40 km on one charge. SkyOne Read more [...]

Soft Robots Mimic Biological Movements

At Harvard University, researchers have developed a model for designing soft robots. The special features of these robots include bending as a human index finger does and twisting like a thumb when a single pressure source powers the robots. For long, scientists have followed a process of trial and error for designing a soft robot that moves organically—twisting as a human wrist does, or bending just like a finger. Now, at the Wyss Institute for Biologically inspired Engineering and the Harvard Read more [...]

Bipedal Robots Walk Agilely on Two Legs

At the New Economic Summit (NEST) 2016 conference, in Tokyo, Japan, Andy Rubin unveiled an awesome new bipedal robot from SCHAFT. The new robot can easily climb stairs, carry a payload weighing 60 kilos, balance on a pipe, and move in tight spaces. In fact, they even showed a video where the robot can be seen climbing a narrow staircase. By positioning its legs behind its body, the robot is shown cleaning the stairs using a spinning brush and a vacuum type appendage attached to its feet. The video Read more [...]

The Raspberry Pi MeARM

Arms are a favorite with robotic enthusiasts. The number of joints in an arm ensures this. For instance, an arm can be made to rotate a full circle, and bend to almost at right angles. Each finger on an arm can be manipulated independently, and each finger can have at least three joints. Therefore, an arm with even two fingers and an opposing thumb can pick up objects—with pressure sensing. A simple project such as an arm can become as complicated as one can make it. The above reasons made the Read more [...]

What Are The Cobots?

When inventors Joseph Eagleburger and George Devol were discussing about science fiction novels in 1954, they initiated the idea of industrial robots. It took them six years to give shape to their idea and Unimate entered a secure place in the robotic hall of fame, as the world’s first industrial robot. In 1961, Unimate began working on the assembly lines of the General Motors. At first, people looked on with suspicion on the safety issues related to Unimate. At the time, the only reference Read more [...]

What are Light-Emitting Capacitors good for?

HLEC, or Hyper-elastic Light-Emitting Capacitors are good for making electroluminescent skin for robotics, and you can do a lot with them. That is according to Dr. Rob Shepard of Cornell University and his team of graduate students, who have published a paper on the electroluminescent skin they have developed recently. The team was inspired to develop the electroluminescent skin by observing several cephalopods such as the Octopus. According to the team, their material can change its color, just Read more [...]