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Electronic skin breakthrough could make prosthetics ‘feel’ real

August 7th, 2020

Scientists from the University of Singapore have developed a type of artificial skin that is packed with tiny sensors and can actually “feel.” The skin, which could someday be used in prosthetics, is capable of reading Braille and detecting warmth. The electronic skin relays information faster than the human nervous system. Prosthetics have come a …

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Scientists strapped camera rigs to beetles, and it actually works

July 16th, 2020

Scientists developed a tiny backpack with a camera system so small it can be worn by an insect. The camera can relay images and videos to a special smartphone app. The researchers used their work to develop a tiny robot capable of relaying observations in a similar manner. Insects are so prolific that it can …

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Scientists gave robots the ability to sweat

January 30th, 2020

Evolution has given humans a number of cool bodily functions to deal with certain circumstances. Sweating, for example, is a way for our bodies to cool down, as moist skin allows air to wick away heat much more efficiently than dry skin. It’s something that we take for granted, but when scientists are designing robots …

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Before they inevitably revolt, watch a bunch of tiny robots play soccer

November 8th, 2019

If you’ve ever wondered what the robot apocalypse would look like, look no further than what unfolded on the lawn outside of MIT’s Building 10 this week. There, on the grassy Killian Court, a spectacle unfolded that will likely become commonplace once AI-powered robots rise up and enslave their human masters. A total of nine …

Paralyzed man walks again thanks to brain-controlled exoskeleton

October 4th, 2019

A 28-year-old man who fell some 40 feet off a balcony four years ago is getting back on his feet thanks to advancements in brain-controlled robotics technology. The man, identified as Thibault in a new research paper, had his spinal cord severed in the fall, preventing him from moving almost every part of his body. …

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These tiny robots tackle tasks in groups, just like insects

July 11th, 2019

On its own, a single ant can only accomplish so much, but you toss it into the mix with a couple hundred of its peers and suddenly the capabilities of the group are exponentially greater than the sum of its parts. Could the same be true of robots? Some robotics researchers think so, and a …