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The touchy-feely robot coming soon

To date, no robotics scientist has been able to create ultra-flexible tactile skin. Either the sensor has been too big or the electronics not sufficiently flexible. Now, however, researchers believe they have found a way of incorporating electronics and sensors on bendable silicon-based surfaces that will be 50 micrometers thick.

Posted: May 6th, 2014

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Nokia launches $100 million Connected Car Fund

The fund will invest in promising auto tech and local services companies in collaboration with HERE, a Nokia company, to grow the ecosystem around HERE's mapping and location products and services.

Posted: May 6th, 2014

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MOOC course 'Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots'

Set to be launched on May 6th on the edX platform, the new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of the Technische Universität München (TUM) will teach participants how to navigate these convenient aircraft. The 8-week 'Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots' course consists of weekly presentations of learning videos, while participants themselves can complete interactive practice exercises with a quadrotor.

Posted: May 2nd, 2014

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Crowdfunding camapign for mosquito-dissecting robot to automate malaria vaccine production (w/video)

Biotechnology company Sanaria Inc.aims to raise at least $250,000 in a crowdfunding campaign. Funds will be dedicated to the development of SporoBot, a robot that will dissect mosquito salivary glands. By replacing manual microdissection of mosquito salivary glands, Sporobot will automate a key step in the manufacturing process of Sanaria PfSPZ Vaccine against malaria.

Posted: Apr 30th, 2014

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The way of the future: 'swarming' robots

EVOLVINGROBOT is a European research project which has developed an artificial intelligence system to control tiny robots, enabling them to replicate the 'swarming' behaviour seen in insects such as bees or ants, or even in birds and fish. It is an innovation which could have far-reaching implications for a range of human activities, from medical to industrial, military and disaster relief.

Posted: Apr 25th, 2014

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Look who's evolving now: Using robots to study evolution

Researchers have successfully used a colony of rodent-like robots to watch different mating strategies evolve. The work not only generated interesting and unexpected results, but it has also helped validate the use of robots in the study of evolution.

Posted: Apr 14th, 2014

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