Category Archives: Robots and Research

Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Huggable Robot

After a bad day, there’s nothing like a Hugvie If you’re a fan of bizarre robots, you’ve got to be familiar with some of Hiroshi Ishiguro’s work. As the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University in Japan, … Continue reading

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Magnificent Maneuvers

Robots designed to move like cockroaches and geckos It’s suspected that the earliest forms of cockroaches were present over 300 million years ago during the Carboniferous period while our modern roach’s history dates back to the more recent Cretaceous period, … Continue reading

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Robotic Therapy Gets Paralysed Rats Walking and Running

These rats are back in action! Grégoire Courtine and his team at The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have been using a robotic harness and electro-chemical stimulation to get rats with damaged spinal cords up and running again.

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Fishing for New Ways to Monitor Water Pollution?

The SHOAL project develops robotic fish to help keep our waters clean! SHOAL is a European research project that aims to produce a network of robotic fish to monitor pollution in aquatic environments.The project is being lead by BMT Group … Continue reading

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The Flywalk

A new way to get meaningful info from minute creatures Although not known for its beauty or its brains, the common fruit fly has won the devotion of scientists around the world thanks to its many traits that make it … Continue reading

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Robots with Green Thumbs

Could blending living and artificial systems help make agriculture more eco-friendly? What started out as an undergraduate summer project at the Distributed Robotics Lab (DRL), part of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT, has now turned into … Continue reading

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BrainGate2

¨Turning thought into action¨ The Robotic arm moves  a thermos filled with coffee towards Cathy Hutchinson’s  mouth while she imagines carrying out this same motion with the very  hand she has been unable to move for the past fifteen years.

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Robots Get People Walking

Claire Lomas walks the London marathon with the help of a robotic suit In 2007, accomplished equestrian, Claire Lomas, was told that she would never walk again after a riding accident left her paralysed from the waist down. 5 years … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Magic Bag?

Researchers at MIT envision a bag of tiny machines that can assemble into just about anything… Remember that scene in the 1964 Mary Poppins film where Julie Andrews manages to retrieve everything from plants to coat hangers out of her … Continue reading

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Robots Get Cultural

Using machines to study social behaviour How does culture emerge in human societies and those of other social animals? To tackle this question, a study funded by the UK’s  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) lead by the University … Continue reading

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