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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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8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom

June 30, 2016

DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.

Chaos Happens: What to Do About it on Your Next Product Development Project

June 30, 2016

Nothing is more frustrating than developing a plan and then, in the heat of the battle, having to diverge from the plan when chaos happens.

Will Tour de France Cyclists Seek an Electric Boost?

By Charles Murray | June 29, 2016

Forget doping. Officials at this year's Tour de France are looking for a very different form of cheating -- electric motors hidden inside the seat tubes of bicycles.

New Roomba Can 'See' and Be The Heart of Your Smart Home

By Chris Wiltz | June 28, 2016

Your home could someday be filled with hundreds of connected devices. What's going to coordinate it all? According to iRobot, it could be a vacuum with machine vision.

Cockroach-Inspired Robots Aimed at Disaster Recovery Scenarios

By Elizabeth Montalbano | June 24, 2016

Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that's just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.

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