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Soft-bodied robot channels the cheetah to move fast


When we think of soft-bodied robots, we tend to picture things that slowly crawl like caterpillars. A new one is able to move much quicker, though, by leaping like a cheetah.

The world's fastest land animal, cheetahs run by rapidly flexing their spines between two stable states. A consortium of American scientists recently set out to replicate that motion in a soft robot. The resulting device is known as LEAP, which stands for "Leveraging Elastic instabilities for Amplified Performance."

 

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The robot assistant that can guess what you want


Thomas Roszak was working as a maintenance technician at Ocado's giant warehouse in Hatfield when he received a very unusual assignment.

His regular job involved repairing and maintaining the online supermarket's automated sorting and packing system, which puts together grocery orders from customers.

It can be physically demanding work, manipulating heavy panels and working with other pieces of bulky machinery.

In a project designed to ease that burden, Ocado Technology, had been developing a robot that can recognise when a technician might need help and step in with either the right tool or help with lifting.
 

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MIT builds robot hand that can ‘see and feel’ objects as fragile as a crisp in major breakthrough



Robotic hands capable of picking up objects as fragile as a crisp by “sensing” objects have been developed by researchers.
Two new tools built by MIT‘s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) offer a breakthrough in the emerging field of soft robotics – a new generation of robots that use squishy, flexible materials rather than traditional rigid equipment.
 

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Salto the jumping robot can now execute stylish precision landings


This cute, one-legged hopping robot out of UC Berkeley's Biomimetics lab has been capable of doing sweet parkour-style double-jumps off walls since 2016. By 2018, it was hopping continuously to heights up to a meter (3.3 ft) or so, with pretty decent accuracy, and autonomously bouncing its way up obstacles, using chairs as stepping stones to bounce up onto a table, for example.

What it couldn't do, oddly enough, was land.

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Slow-moving SlothBot begins life as a long-term environmental observer

A sloth-inspired robot has swung into action in Atlanta’s Botanical Garden, albeit at a very slow pace. The SlothBot built by engineers at Georgia Tech is designed to choose its movements wisely, operating in a highly energy-efficient manner to hang around the canopy monitoring animals, plants and environmental conditions, with an eye on assisting conservation efforts around the world.
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Hadrian X bricklaying robot puts up its first walls


We’ve been following the progress of the Hadrian X bricklaying robot since it first started flexing its giant telescopic arm back in 2015, and have seen the team behind it make a few notable improvements since. We are now seeing what this type of machine can bring to the real world, with the robot completing the walls of its first display home as part of residential development in Western Australia.
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Coral polyp-inspired robot cleans up using magnets and light


Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have drawn inspiration from a tiny tentacled marine creature to produce a centimeter-scale robot that is powered by magnets and light. With the ability to grab and release objects underwater, the team imagines a range of applications for its new machine including collecting contaminants with its tentacles or even capturing cells as a tool in biomedicine.
 

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