Aerial robot that can morph in flight

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

Cometh the cyborg: Improved integration of living muscles into robots

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

Activity simulator could eventually teach robots tasks like making coffee or setting the table

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