The next experiment from Rice University's Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory (MRSL) could happen on your desktop. The lab's researchers are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based upon data from five free online games that anyone can play.
Dash Robotics, founded by UC Berkeley alumni and students, unveiled a new high performance, low-cost 'origami' robot that runs fast on six legs, weighs only half an ounce and can be easily built at home.
A new prototype device for rapid and safe IV insertion reduces pain in hospitalized children. The semi-automatic handheld device, called SAGIV, identifies veins, inserts a needle and withdraws it in a single movement.
A robotic sensor placed in Puget Sound searches for signs of toxic algae and bacteria that contaminate seafood. A successful test run of the Stanford-affiliated project could lead to a network of robots patrolling the area, providing early warnings that could save millions of dollars annually.
Ford begins three-year research project with St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia to observe the communication models of robots in space, with potential for connected vehicle communications applications. By studying communication between robots on the International Space Station and with Earth, the project aims to improve the reliability of connected vehicle communications and aid in the advancement of emergency vehicle communication methods.
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will team with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop and support test apparatuses used to evaluate international competitors in the December 2013 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials.
A smaller - and lighter - autopilot allows small flying robots to fly longer, fit into narrower spaces or carry more payloads, such as cameras. That makes them more suitable to be used in for example rescue operations.
By simulating human learning mechanisms, the European EYESHOTS project successfully built a prototype robot capable of achieving awareness of its surroundings and using its memory to reach smoothly for objects.
A highly customisable robot companion designed by EU-funded researchers to offer support to older people is currently being presented across Europe and could find its way into people's homes within two or three years, potentially greatly enhancing quality of life for older citizens and people with memory or mobility problems.