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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.
Mind-Controlled Quadcopter Demonstrates Interface to Assist Disabled People
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A University of Minnesota research team, led by biomedical engineer Bin He, created a brain-computer interface with the goal of helping people with disabilities, such as paralysis, regain the ability to do everyday tasks. With support from the National Science Foundation, the research team is testing out their system using a quadcopter, and controlling it with someone's thoughts. For the experiments, the team uses both an actual flying quadcopter and a virtual one. In both experiments, the...
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...
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...
Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots for Smart Manufacturing of Macro-Scale Products
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Researchers at SRI International, a nonprofit independent research center, are developing new technology as part of DARPA's Open Manufacturing Program to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems. The micro-robots are controlled by magnetic fields generated by a printed circuit board substrate and their maximum speed so far has been 35 cm/s. They can climb up walls or travel on flex circuits in any orientation....