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Humanoid Robot Diver Finds Lost Treasure, Will Explore Ocean

May 30, 2016

A humanoid diving robot has recovered treasure from the wreck of French King Louis XIV's flagship, untouched for nearly 400 years. The bot not only looks somewhat human-shaped, it's also got stereoscopic humanlike vision, artificial intelligence, and haptic force feedback.

MIT 3D Prints Working Liquid/Solid Robots In One Step

May 13, 2016

The first 3D-printed robots made of both solids and liquids are also built in a single step: no assembly required. These hydraulically actuated robots are made using a modified, commercially available 3D printer.

Is It a UAV? A Submersible Robot? It's Both!

May 4, 2016

A multi-talented new type of robot can be launched from underwater and fly into the air. It's lightweight, relatively low cost, and has a structure that's 3D printed from plastics, not metal.

Dev Kit Simplifies Force Sensor Applications

May 2, 2016

A new development kit expedites proof-of-concept for applications requiring an ultra-thin force or pressure sensor.

Rollon Releases Plug-and-Play Linear Robot

April 19, 2016

Rollon's Motion Box is a pre-configured Cartesian robot, ready for set-up out of the box.

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'Smart,' Sensor-Infused Thread Can Gather Diagnostic Data from Human Tissue

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 22, 2016

Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.

The 15 Best Artificial Intelligence Movies

By Rob Spiegel | July 21, 2016

Take a look at some of the best movies that include self-aware machines.

Movement of Bacteria Used to Build Microscopic Wind Farm

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 21, 2016

Recent wind-energy research has set its sights on scaling up, with the development of some of the largest-ever wind turbine technology to take advantage of this type of energy on a grand scale.

A Different Kind of Collaborative Robot Works Down on the Farm

By Ann R. Thryft | July 20, 2016

In the last few years, agriculrural robots have started appearing in fields and vineyards all over the world. While some are semi- or fully autonomous harvesting or weeding trucks or tractor attachments, others are designed as a different kind of collaborative robot that works right alongside people.

SoftBank's ARM Buy Sends Ripples Through IoT, Semiconductor Industries

By Chris Wiltz | July 19, 2016

On the heels of Brexit and with plans stated to double UK staff and accelerate innovation, Japan's SoftBank will spend $32 billion to buy Cambridge-based ARM in a move that will have significant impact on the microprocessor industry and the Internet of Things for decades to come.

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