Scientists at Harvard University have created a soft, tube-like robot with silicone rubber acting as its artificial skin. The laser-cut rubber used is a thin, stretchable plastic sheet, with the cuts, shaped like triangles or circles, look similar to the scales on the skin of snakes. The robot is able to move as air is pumped into the tube, which allows the robot to expand and contract, resulting in the scales to pop up and anchor against the ground, pulling the robot in a forward motion. As for moving backwards; the researchers are still trying to figure that out. Continue reading “Harvard University Develops Robot That Crawls Like a Snake; You Won’t Want These in Your Boots…”
Since there are a glut of audio-animatronic characters at any of Disney’s amusement parks, it’s logical that the company’s research division is working hard to find ways to make them more lifelike. Now, their researchers may have found an inexpensive solution to making artificial muscles by using conductive sewing thread that’s available at any fabric store. Continue reading “Here’s Regular Sewing Thread Woven into Strong Artificial Muscles…”
Insert Google/Skynet joke here; I’m too tired to do it this time…
While the real-world and fictional robots we’re used to seeing are typically very rigid, it may not be ideal for some tasks. We can create robotic machines that can contort and maneuver themselves to fit into smaller spaces while STILL remaining sturdy enough for strength-dependent tasks. By “we,” I’m talking about MIT and Google’s Boston Dynamics, as the parties have developed a composite material with the ability to switch change from hard and soft states whenever, wherever, INSTANTLY! Continue reading “BEHOLD the Shape-Shifting Robots from Google & MIT!”
There you go, ladies and gentlemen; proof of the inevitable robot apocalypse.
It appears that in an effort is being made to design and create the cyborgs and robots who will eventually launch a nuclear attack to wipe out humankind and have us all enslaved by SkyNet. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (a.k.a., Georgia Tech) are playing the role of Cyberdyne Systems, and have developed a system that would control cameras in robots that uses similar functionality as human muscle, making video feeds from said robots more intuitive. Continue reading “Georgia Tech Developing Human-like, Realistic Robot Eyes; Earns SkyNet Contract…”