robotics

Are Humanoid Robots for Elderly Care Here to Stay?

Are Humanoid Robots for Elderly Care Here to Stay?
Staying independent and in familiar surroundings as long as possible in old age – this is the wish of the most of us. It will be made possible by humanoid robots that help people cope with everyday life and wearable robots that support the movements of the wearer. Research by scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is aimed at making such futuristic robotic solutions suited for everyday life. Research is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation with EUR 4.5 million. Within the framework of the project “JuBot – Young at heart with robots: Versatile assistance robotics for managing everyday… Read More »

How robotic laparoscopic surgery is being cut down to size

How robotic laparoscopic surgery is being cut down to size
Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, in which a surgeon uses tools and a tiny camera inserted into small incisions to perform operations, has made surgical procedures safer for both patients and doctors over the last half-century. Recently, surgical robots have started to appear in operating rooms to further assist surgeons by allowing them to manipulate multiple tools at once with greater precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with traditional techniques. However, these robotic systems are extremely large, often taking up an entire room, and their tools can be much larger than the delicate tissues and structures on which they operate.… Read More »

Hot Topic! Robotic Firefighting Systems That Can Assist (Or Even Replace) Firefighters In The Most Hostile Environments.

Robot firefighting systems for the most hostile environments.
Milrem Robotics and InnoVfoam are developing robot firefighting systems to assist or even replace firefighters in the most hostile environments. The jointly developed firefighting solutions combine Milrem Robotics’ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) Multiscope Rescue and InnoVfoams various firefighting systems, specifically foam proportioning systems and fire monitors. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Mobile Robots, Autonomous Vehicles, and Drones in Logistics, Warehousing, and Delivery 2020-2040. The firefighting robots are remotely operated by firefighters who remain at a safe distance while receiving a complete overview of the operation area via various cameras, i.e. thermal and infrared, and sensors onboard the… Read More »

New Scavenger Technology Launched That Allows Unique Robots to ‘Eat’ Metal To Create Sustainable Energy

New Scavenger Technology Allows Robots to ‘Eat’ Metal for Energy

When electronics need their own power sources, there are two basic options: batteries and harvesters. Batteries store energy internally, but are therefore heavy and have a limited supply. Harvesters, such as solar panels, collect energy from their environments. This gets around some of the downsides of batteries but introduces new ones, in that they can only operate in certain conditions and can’t turn that energy into useful power very quickly.

New research from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is bridging the gap between these two fundamental technologies for the first time in the form of… Read More »