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Category: Future Tech

NASA’s Astrobee Robots Are Floating Assistants for ISS Astronauts

NASA’s Astrobee Robots Are Floating Assistants for ISS Astronauts
Astrobees may sound like cyborg killer insects that invade Earth to make honey from our flesh, but they actually have an Earthly origin. They are robots created by humans to help astronauts in space. Astrobees are flying robots who will help astronauts with their missions. Not enslave humanity – at…

Ford and Agility Robotics Team for Package Delivery Robot

Ford and Agility Robotics Team for Package Delivery Robot
Ford knows that autonomous cars will be used in a big way for delivery services. People who buy stuff online don’t always have time or the desire to walk out to the road to get their packages off the autonomous delivery vehicle. So the automotive and mobility company is working…
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Drones Can Now Dodge Balls

Drones Can Now Dodge Balls
If you aren’t afraid of drone attacks on humans in the near future, you should be. And if your plan was to simply knock them out of the sky, well, forget that. Drones can now dodge balls that are thrown at them. So, they will probably be very good at…

2019 IFA Global Press Conference Previews Tech and Trends for IFA 2019 Berlin Show

2019 IFA Global Press Conference Previews Tech and Trends for IFA 2019 Berlin Show
Here in the states, the big electronic gadget exhibition is CES. But in Europe, its the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, aka IFA (pronounced “eee-fah”). Each September, the show kicks off in Berlin, Germany, showcasing a wide variety of technology in consumer electronics, personal care and health technology, home appliances, and much…

These Wheels Shapeshift for Different Terrain

These Wheels Shapeshift for Different Terrain
Who says wheels need to just be round? These unusual Reconfigurable-Wheel Track (RWT) wheels were developed by CMU National Robotics Engineering Center for DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program. We can expect to see these on the war machines of the future and they may be the next step toward real-life…

This Robot Will Park Your Car For You

This Robot Will Park Your Car For You
Today we have cars that can park themselves, but that’s not good enough. What we need are robots to park our non-autonomous cars for us. Stanley Robotics car-parking robot is basically the mechanical equivalent of a valet parker. Simply drop your car off in a pickup garage, and Stan, the…

MIT Soft Robotic Gripper Is Part Balloon Part Vacuum Cleaner

MIT Soft Robotic Gripper Is Part Balloon Part Vacuum Cleaner
One day, robots will replace humans at places like Amazon where objects need to be taken from one bin and packaged in boxes for shipment. Before that can happen, we need robot arms with grippers that can handle odd objects of all sizes. Engineers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial…

The CleanseBot is a Germ-Killing Roomba for Hotel Beds

The CleanseBot is a Germ-Killing Roomba for Hotel Beds
I don’t travel much, but when I do, I am always a bit leery of whether or not the cleaning staff really changes the sheets. I mean, all they need do is be sure that a few errant hairs are picked up and how would we ever know if the…

MIT Mini Cheetah Robot Can Do Backflips

MIT Mini Cheetah Robot Can Do Backflips
Robots. Right now we make them do all kinds of crazy stuff and we point and say “cool” or we laugh, but just remember that laughter is going to turn to screaming in our near future. So anyway, here’s the latest thing a robot can do. Isn’t it neat? Yay!…

This Drone Would Use Sonic Waves to Put Out Fires

This Drone Would Use Sonic Waves to Put Out Fires
It looks like a UFO, but the conceptual ‘Feuxzy‘ drone has very earthly origins. It was created as a solution to keep forest fires at bay in rural areas and prevent them from getting out of control. It has a very unique way of extinguishing fires. This concept drone was…

Amazon’s Adorable Scout Autonomous Delivery Robot Being Tested

Amazon’s Adorable Scout Autonomous Delivery Robot Being Tested
Look at this cute little six-wheeled robot. It’s pretty adorable and is designed to deliver small goods. Specifically, Amazon’s Scout robot is delivering packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington. The ‘bot is about the size of a drink cooler and rolls along sidewalks at walking pace.…

This Bird-like Drone Has Wings and Legs, and Jumps to Take off

This Bird-like Drone Has Wings and Legs, and Jumps to Take off
Generally speaking, drones have either vertical takeoff capabilities or they need a runway. However, a South African startup has a better way. Their solution is to add some legs to their drone. The Passerine Sparrow Jumper has fixed wings and legs and feet for takeoff and landing. It also uses…

Hyundai Shows off Walking Car Concept for Extreme Terrain

Hyundai Shows off Walking Car Concept for Extreme Terrain
Innovation and CES used to go hand in hand, but in recent years, most of the tech on display is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. Kudos to Hyundai and its CRADLE division for showing up at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show with a truly innovative and unusual concept that’s well outside…

This Finned Robot Can Maneuver Over Land and Through Water

This Finned Robot Can Maneuver Over Land and Through Water
Scientists often use nature as a guide when creating new robots, making machines that mimic the behavior and movements of animals. But if you are copying a fish, that won’t do any good on land. Just like a robot based on a lizard won’t do you any good in the…

This Drone Can Change Its Shape and Size

This Drone Can Change Its Shape and Size
Drones are a great search and rescue tool, but they would be even more impressive if they could change their size to fly through small holes. Well, the University of Zurich’s Robotics and Perception Group is showing off a shape-shifting drone that can do just that. The Morphing Quadrotor Drone…

Walmart’s Industrial Floor Cleaning Robot Doesn’t Make $15 An Hour

Walmart’s Industrial Floor Cleaning Robot Doesn’t Make $15 An Hour
Walmart is always looking for ways to save, and with its $15 an hour minimum wage, it should come as no surprise that some workers are due to be replaced by automation. The first replacements were cashiers, with most Walmart locations now offering self-checkout lanes where you don’t have to…
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