Category Archives: Robotics

Harvard’s soft exoskeleton

It was 2009-2010 when exoskeletons exited science fiction and entered the mainstream as several companies and research labs revealed their state-of-the-art designs (see Rex Bionics, Lockheed Martin, and Honda’s exoskeletons). These wearable robots that assist a person to walk promise improved mobility for many people in need such as the handicapped and the elderly. Exoskeletons… Read More »

Relay: A delivery robot for the hospitality industry

Delivery robots are not a new concept and several systems have been in operation in past decades. For example, delivery robots have been used in hospital environments to deliver medicine. In fact, delivery was on the first imagined practical applications for mobile robots. However, in the early days of robotics, the delivery robots were slow,… Read More »

Google Project Wing delivery drones

After all the excitement that Amazon was working on unmanned drones for package delivery (and many people doubting to what degree such a delivery system is even realistic for many reasons other than technological barriers), Google released information on Project Wing aiming at developing a similar drone delivery system. Project Wing is another of the… Read More »

BigDog dynamic manipulation: It throws a cement block!

Boston Dynamics have amazed us more than once over the years having created some of the most incredible and, at times, scariest (not in the uncanny valley sense but more on the Terminator is real sense) robots. Their creations range from the jumping Precision Urban Hopper, the incredibly realistic dynamically balanced humanoid PETMAN, and, of… Read More »

Quadrocopter inverted pendulum acrobatics

Quadrocopters are all the rage these day but nobody gets them to more impressive acrobatics than the machine learning and control team, led by Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea, at ETH. Whereas just last year the team demonstrated a single quadrocopter balancing an inverted pendulum, just recently they demonstrated how two flying machines not only can individually… Read More »

UK’s Oxford robot car is here

I guess English scientists and engineers don’t like to be outdone by their American counterparts so after many years of hearing constantly about Google’s rapid development of self-driving cars, a team from Oxford university recently unveiled their very own robot car. And they make some very big claims about the new vehicle’s capabilities compared to… Read More »

Robotic prosthetic arm that can feel

The year 2013 has started brilliantly, even more so than 2012 ended. If you recall, it was in late 2012, when it was announced scientists and engineers had developed a robotic arm that a quadriplegic woman was capable of controlling using her thoughts to the effect of manipulating objects and gesturing to other people. That… Read More »