Robots learn to modify their environment to make the impossible possible
Researchers have developed an artificial nervous system that could give prosthetic limbs or robots reflexes and the ability to sense touch.
An artificial nerve system gives prosthetic devices and robots a sense of touch
Engineers have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria along with the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids.
Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood
Researchers have drawn inspiration from birds to design an aerial robot capable of altering its profile during flight. To reduce its wingspan and navigate through tight spaces, it can reorient its arms, which are equipped with propellers that let it fly like a helicopter. It paves the way for a new generation of large robots that can move through narrow passages, making them ideal for exploration as well as search and rescue missions.
Aerial robot that can morph in flight
In Vanuatu, delivery drones will fly vaccines to isolated villages beginning in September
Researchers have invented a new neural interface and communication paradigm that is able to send movement commands from the central nervous system to a robotic prosthesis, and relay proprioceptive feedback describing movement of the joint back to the central nervous system in return.
Surgical technique improves sensation, control of prosthetic limb
Researchers have developed a novel method of growing whole muscles from hydrogel sheets impregnated with myoblasts. They then incorporated these muscles as antagonistic pairs into a biohybrid robot, which successfully performed manipulations of objects. This approach overcame earlier limitations of a short functional life of the muscles and their ability to exert only a weak force, paving the way for more advanced biohybrid robots.
Cometh the cyborg: Improved integration of living muscles into robots
Miniature robots cloaked in platelets and red blood cells can clear bacterial infections in the blood
Recently, computer scientists have been working on teaching machines to do a wider range of tasks around the house. Researchers demonstrate ‘VirtualHome,’ a system that can simulate detailed household tasks and then have artificial ‘agents’ execute them, opening up the possibility of one day teaching robots to do such tasks.
Activity simulator could eventually teach robots tasks like making coffee or setting the table
In the world of robotics, soft robots are the new kids on the block. The unique capabilities of