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Category: Future Tech

This AI-Powered All Terrain Robotic Dog Can Run on Loose Sand

This AI-Powered All Terrain Robotic Dog Can Run on Loose Sand
Developed by researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s (KAIST) Department of Mechanical Engineering, the RaiBo quadruped robot was designed to be able to tackle any terrain. The robot is even capable of traversing loose sand at around 7 MPH.

Terminator-Like Shape Shifting Soft Robot Can Melt and Reform Itself

Terminator-Like Shape Shifting Soft Robot Can Melt and Reform Itself
The future: it’s undeniably going to be a terrifying place. If you thought today was scary, just wait to see what tomorrow brings. Case in point: this sea cucumber-inspired shape-shifting soft robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Melon and Sun Yat-sen University can melt, escape a prison cell, and reform itself outside the bars just like a T-1000 Terminator.

Rocket-Shaped Quadrocopter Sets New Speed Record

Rocket-Shaped Quadrocopter Sets New Speed Record
Built by Ryan Lademann and his team, a rocket-shaped quadrocopter recently set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest ground speed of a battery-powered RC quadrocopter, hitting a max speed of 257.25 MPH and an average speed (used for the record) of 224 MPH.

An Engineer Built a Wheeled, Stair-Climbing Robot

An Engineer Built a Wheeled, Stair-Climbing Robot
Because what good is a robotic housekeeper if it can only clean the ground floor, engineer James Bruton challenged himself to build a robot capable of ascending and descending stairs. It accomplishes the task via its three sections, which it can lift and lower individually, making stair-climbing possible.

3D Printed Soft Robotic Hand Agile Enough To Use Nintendo Controller

3D Printed Soft Robotic Hand Agile Enough To Use Nintendo Controller
Developed by a team of mechanical engineers at the University of Maryland, this 3D printed hand is dexterous enough to use a Nintendo controller, and even manages to beat Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 in the video.

Robot Dog with Magnetized Feet Can Climb Metal Walls: Spider-Dog

Robot Dog with Magnetized Feet Can Climb Metal Walls: Spider-Dog
Because why should anywhere be safe from killer robots of the future, researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have gone and developed MARVEL, a quadruped robot with magnetic feet it can use to climb metal walls.

Golfi Robotic Golfer Putts Like a Pro

Golfi Robotic Golfer Putts Like a Pro
After the robotic uprising, all sports will be played by robots, reducing humans to mere spectators of our own demise. And ready to compete in the robotic PGA is Golfi, a robot designed to be able to sink putts with the very best of them.

MIT’s Self-Assembling Assembler Robots: Builders of the Future

MIT’s Self-Assembling Assembler Robots: Builders of the Future
Researchers at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms have developed an autonomous robot capable of assembling new versions of itself, as well as other building structures. Not only that, multiple robots can transfer both power and data modules from one to another, allowing the newly constructed bots to begin performing tasks on their own.

Robotic Swarm Cubicle Walls: Privacy on the Go

Robotic Swarm Cubicle Walls: Privacy on the Go
Because scientists are working hard to make sure the future is going to be nothing like Back to the Future II led me to believe, WaddleWalls are an interactive partitioning system that can set up semi-private walling around a person on the fly.

Autonomous Fruit-Picking Drones: Harvesting the Future

Autonomous Fruit-Picking Drones: Harvesting the Future
Developed by Tevel Aerobotics, the Flying Autonomous Robot harvester is a collection of tethered drones that can pick ripe fruit from trees. The robots can analyze a piece of fruit for color and ripeness before picking it with its suction arm, being able to identify fruit from leaves or other objects.

Creepy Tentacle Robot Can Carefully Grasp Fragile Objects

Creepy Tentacle Robot Can Carefully Grasp Fragile Objects
Because what good is a robotic gripper if it breaks everything it touches, researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a robotic gripper that can carefully grasp and pick up objects with its creepily long tentacles.

3D Printed Meat Is Coming to a Supermarket Near You

3D Printed Meat Is Coming to a Supermarket Near You
3D printed meat: just the thought alone probably has your mouth watering right now. I know mine is, but I’ve eaten nothing but saltines for the better part of a week because I’m too lazy to go to the grocery store and too poor to order delivery.

Biodegradable, Single-Use Circuit Boards Printed on Paper

Biodegradable, Single-Use Circuit Boards Printed on Paper
Because most computing technology is notoriously earth-unfriendly with its inability to be reused or recycled, researchers at the State University of New York at Binghamton have developed circuit boards printed on paper that can be safely disposed of after a single use, either by burning or naturally biodegrading.

Scientists Remotely Control Cockroaches with a Solar Powered Backpack

Scientists Remotely Control Cockroaches with a Solar Powered Backpack
An international team of mad scientists at Japan’s RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (CPR) has created cyborg cockroaches capable of being steered remotely by humans. And not only that but each cockroach is outfitted with a solar-charging backpack and lithium polymer battery to provide it with all the power it needs to consistently power its steering capabilities.

Robotic Dog Uses AI to Learn to Walk in Under 20 Minutes

Robotic Dog Uses AI to Learn to Walk in Under 20 Minutes
A group of researchers at the University of California Berkeley have trained a dog to walk on various terrain in under twenty minutes using machine learning. Using a ‘deep reinforcement’ form of artificial intelligence, the robot can quickly acclimate to traversing almost any ground cover it finds itself on.

3D Printing Factory Mass Producing Humanoid Robot Body Parts

3D Printing Factory Mass Producing Humanoid Robot Body Parts
Korean 3D printing company Glück produces the Sculpia printing platform. And in this video, it demonstrates the platform’s capabilities by creating an army of humanoid robot body parts. “Finally,” I imagine Skynet thinking to itself while making plans to mass produce a whole line of Terminators.