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This walking robot relies on a hexacopter to navigate rough, irregular terrain

In today’s world, we are constantly surrounded by automatons, be it cell phones, computers or even the humble wrist watch. Despite immense technological advances, in recent decades, scientists have not yet been able to develop walking robots that can independently traverse rough, irregular terrain, without faltering. To that end, the researchers from Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH…

French company, Fabulous, envisions Martian habitats as 3D-printed Sfero domes

Few days back, we talked about an ongoing simulated Mars mission, in which a group of six volunteers will be spending the next twelve months in complete isolation, inside a dome habitat on the slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano. As part of another NASA-funded experiment, inviting new and innovative designs for 3D-printed Martian habitats,…


8 advanced military robot conceptions you should definitely know about

Automated military robots used in our contemporary times, actually had their predecessor in the 'Goliath tracked mine', designed by the Germans during the Second World War. Colloquially known as the ‘doodlebugs’ by Allied forces, these contraptions (with over 4,600 specimens being built) could carry 165 lbs to 220 lbs bombs, and traverse through rough territory…


5 incredible automaton conceptions from history that preceded modern-day robots

Contrary to our popular notions, the core concepts (and literary mentions) of automatons or 'robots' are almost 2,500 years old. For example, according to a Chinese legend (as mentioned in the 4th century BC Daoist text Lie Zi), one Yan Shi successfully created an automaton that resembled a human form. Other ancient literary works and…


Google’s future building might entail re-configurable spaces and giant robots

We have previously been witness to Thomas Heatherwick’s 'hive' architectural specimen for Singapore's Nanjang Technological University. Well, this time around, imposingly fantastical structures give way to extensive re-configurable spaces - courtesy of the plans made by Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels (from BIG), for the expansion of Google's Mountain View campus. Touted to 'significantly increase…

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The adorable yet advanced Robear designed to take care of elderly people

It is not so surprising to think about the advanced scope of robotic technology espoused by the Japanese. However, this time around, highfalutin stuff gives way to conscientiousness with the 'adorable' Robear - a nursing care robot developed by the collaborative effort of RIKEN and Sumitomo Riko Company Limited. Envisaged as an autonomous aiding mechanism…

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