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The AUVSI Foundation is well known for running many international student robotics competitions. The RoboSub competition is one of the largest outdoor international competitions that has been running annually since 1998. In this competition, university students must build a fully autonomous robotic vehicle to complete an obstacle course underwater. In 2008, the AUVSI Foundation started […]

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Maritime RobotX Challenge

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The Korean Institute of Science and Technology had the very good (read “terrible”) idea of giving a very sharp kitchen knife to a robot and teaching it how to use it. Fortunately until now, CIROR, the knife-wielding humanoid robot, can only cut cucumbers with its new tool. It is nice to see how robots evolve and become […]

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CIROS Robot Cuts Cucumber

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Nigel Ackland had the misfortune of losing his hand in an accident. He is now the proud owner (and tester) of a BeBionic3 robot hand.  This bionic prosthesis senses the electrical activity in his arm muscles and activates gripping or wrist rotating actions accordingly, allowing the user to move the hand “naturally”. As the video below illustrates, this hand […]

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Nigel Ackland uses bionic hand to pour beer

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Robots just gained a new sense: touch! Researchers from the University of Southern California, developed a sensitive robot finger that is filled with fluid and features a fingerprint just as human fingers do, they call it Biotac. As shown in the video below, they are using the this technology to develop texture sensing and other interesting applications that could be used in prosthetic in the future. This is an important technological advance, because the […]

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Biotac Sensor

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Researchers from the Vere project are using an fMRI machine to “read” thoughts from a human user and use those signals to control the motion of a small humanoid robot as demonstrated in the video below. This project is very interesting because the use of an fMRI machine (which monitors mental activity by reading the blood flow inside the […]

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Besides loving robots, we love to eat sandwiches. So when we see robots making sandwiches that we can (probably) eat it makes us really happy. How to make us even happier? Make those robots DIY and made from parts you can find at RobotShop. The robots illustrated in the video use Lynxmotion robotic arms to manipulate the ingredients and Vex parts […]

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The old method of getting a sandwich

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Hairygael has put together an amazing project. He 3D printed an entire robot hand and forearm and used hobby servo motors and an Arduino board to drive it. As you can see in the picture above, the hand looks amazing and if you watch the video below, you will see it moves very smoothly and it is actually quite strong. […]

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3D Printed Animatronic Hand