Researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a super-repellent surface coating for medical devices using FDA-approved materials.
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Mass-Manufactured “Kilobots” Self-Assemble in Thousand-Robot Swarm
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Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute developed a simple, low-cost robot called “Kilobot.” The mass-manufactured Kilobot has unconventional locomotion using vibration motors, and communication using reflected infrared light. The researchers developed an algorithm for programmable self-assembly in large swarms that allowed the robots to form a desired shape without human intervention. They successfully produced a 1,024-robot swarm for testing collective behaviors.
Neurogrid: Super Fast & Efficent Circuit Board Based on the Human Brain
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Stanford University scientists have developed a circuit board modeled on the human brain that is 9,000 times faster than a typical PC and could open up new frontiers in robotics and computing. Neurogrid is a circuit board consisting of 16 custom-designed "Neurocore" chips. Together these 16 chips can simulate 1 million neurons and billions of synaptic connections. The team designed these chips with power efficiency in mind. Their strategy was to enable certain synapses to share hardware...
Shape-Morphing Aircraft Wing Technology Tested at Dryden Flight Research Center
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Flexsys, Inc. is replacing the trailing edge flaps of a Gulfstream GIII business jet with 14-foot FlexFoil™ variable geometry control surfaces together with 24-inch transition sections at each end. NASA, in partnership with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab, scheduled several flight tests in July 2014 at the Dryden Flight Research Center. In retrofit applications, the FlexFoil™ technology can cut fuel consumption by 4-8% and up to to 12% or more in clean-sheet builds. Other benefits of the...
Optoelectronic Camouflage Device Inspired by Marine Animals
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Researchers from the University of Houston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Northwestern University have developed a technology that allows a material to automatically read its environment and adapt to mimic its surroundings. The optoelectronic camouflage system was inspired by the skins of cephalopods, a class of marine animals including squid and cuttlefish, which can change coloration quickly. The device reads the environment using thermochromatic material and has...
X-Ray Vision Robots Can See Through Walls Using Only WiFi
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University of California Santa Barbara researchers have demonstrated a system for two unmanned vehicles to see through thick concrete walls using only WiFi signals - fully discovering what is on the other side with high accuracy. The objects on the other side don’t have to move to be detected. Potential applications include search and rescue operations and surveillance. One robot measures the wireless transmissions of the other robot that is in the broadcast mode. Each wireless transmission...