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Robotic Insects Could DASH to the Rescue

The Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod (DASH) is being outfitted to locate victims that are trapped in rubble. RobotNext posted a blog on this invention back in October 2009. This is a cockroach-inspired robot that can move quickly and speedily like...

Syndicated 2010-01-22 19:59:05 from RobotNext

Spherical Robots Practice Formation Flying in Space

NASA has this experiment onboard the International Space Space to test the concept of robot flying in formation and performing other manuevers in space. The NASA website explains, “Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) are bowling-ball sized spherical...

Syndicated 2010-01-21 21:09:57 (Updated 2010-01-21 21:11:11) from RobotNext

Robots Use Tricks From Nature to Climb Walls

The latest projects of Amir Shapiro, head of the robotics laboratory in the Department of Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheeba, Israel, are wall-climbers. In keeping with an on-going theme of RobotNext, this article is about the robot/nature...

Syndicated 2010-01-19 17:44:16 from RobotNext

Hexapod Robot Controls Chaos to Make Right Moves

This remarkable looking little robot is using what would be called muscle memory in humans to adapt to travel over rough terrain. Resembling a scorpion, it is designed to control chaotic movements and essentially make its motions non-chaotic. What this...

Syndicated 2010-01-19 05:33:35 from RobotNext

Robot Ocean Gliders

Researchers are preparing to send forth a swarm of underwater gliders for a mission to explore the tropical Atlantic. Information on temperature, salinity, oxygen and chlorophyll content as well as the turbidity of the sea water will be measured and...

Syndicated 2010-01-15 17:46:32 from RobotNext

Boeing Awards Grant to San Antonio FIRST Robotics Team

This article came across my news feed for robotics, and since it is about a local San Antonio, Texas school and a rookie FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team, I thought I would post it...

Syndicated 2010-01-14 17:20:31 from RobotNext

Recycled Robot Fish Teach Biology

After a holiday hiatus here on RobotNext, the posts return with this one on a robotic fish from recycled materials. You can see the video at Inhabitat.com or click on the embedded link below for a small version. The idea...

Syndicated 2010-01-13 18:28:20 from RobotNext

Tiny Swimming Robots Could Be Modeled After Spiral-shaped Bacteria

Spiroplasma is a type of spiral-shaped bacteria that travels in a corkscrew type motion. It accomplishes this motion by sending kinks down the spiral of its cell structure. And, it turns out this method of propulsion is very efficient. Essentially,...

Syndicated 2009-12-22 05:33:23 from RobotNext

Robotic Bees Could Save Crops

In September, I posted a Weekly Newswrap with a story about robo-bees. Now comes this story about robot bees that could help save agriculture from the coming disaster caused by the mysterious bee plague. This is the disease that has...

Syndicated 2009-12-18 18:07:50 from RobotNext

Delhi Police Consider Armed Robot for Anti-Terror Role

Military units have used armed robots for many years in their operations, but now a civilian police force in Delhi, India is considering the purchase of one or more of these bots. No final decisions have been made on this,...

Syndicated 2009-12-17 04:44:44 from RobotNext

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