Monday, January 17, 2022

RoboBee, a revolutionary micro robot from Harvard, can fly, dive, swim, and jump in water.


RoboBees that can fly, adhere to walls, and plunge into water have been seen. Researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS have designed a hybrid robot that can fly, dive into water, swim, exit the water, and land safely, all while being inspired by insects.

RoboBee, a new hybrid, can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself out of the water, and land safely. The RoboBee has four buoyant chambers and a central gas collection chamber. An electrolytic plate in the chamber transforms water into oxyhydrogen, a flammable gas fuel, once the RoboBee reaches the surface.

This new RoboBee, which is 1,000 times lighter than any prior aerial-aquatic robot, might be utilized for a variety of tasks, including search and rescue, environmental monitoring, and biological research.

Science Robotics published an article about the study. It was led by a group of researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

"This is the first microrobot capable of moving repeatedly within and in complicated surroundings," says Yufeng Chen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scholar at the Wyss Institute who was a graduate student in the Microrobotics Lab at SEAS at the time of the research and the paper's first author. "We created novel systems that allow the vehicle to transition directly from water to air, which is something that nature cannot do in the insect world."

The surrounding water is collected in a flotation chamber once the robot reaches the water's surface. An electrolytic plate inside the chamber created oxyhydrogen. The robot's buoyancy is boosted as a result, allowing it to thrust its wings out of the water. When the robot's wings begin to flap, the surface tension of the water maintains it upright. The oxyhydrogen fuel is then ignited by a Sparker, giving the robot a boost and allowing it to jump from the water's surface. Environmental exploration and search and rescue missions could both benefit from hybrid aerial-aquatic robots.

Another issue is that designing a millimeter-sized robot that can move in and out of water is difficult. For starters, because water is 1,000 times denser than air, the flapping speed of the robot's wing will differ significantly between the two mediums. The RoboBee cannot fly if the flapping frequency is too low. The wing will break off in the water if it is too high.

The researchers discovered Goldilocks' combination of wing size and flapping speed by integrating theoretical models and experimental data, expanding the design to allow the bee to fly in both air and water repeatedly. The robot moves its wings from 220 to 300 hertz in the air and from nine to thirteen hertz in the water using this multimodal locomotive technique.


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Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Murata Cheerleaders, robotic cheerleaders that dance in sync


Murata Cheerleaders

(EFE) - Tokyo (EFE) - Murata, a Japanese technology company, unveiled its next generation of robots today in Tokyo, consisting of ten little and happy cheerleaders who can hold onto a ball and do synchronized choreography without clashing.

Each robot is equipped with three gyro sensors that detect their leaning direction and cause them to move in that direction.

During the wheel presentation today, project leader Koichi Yoshikawa remarked, "We want the Murata Cheerleaders to inspire young researchers in their new discoveries and put smiles on people's faces around the world."

The robots, which will not be sold, incorporate technologies that could be useful in the real world and highlight Japan's inexorable robotics growth.

Their 36 centimeters in height and 1.5 kilos in weight are sufficient to give them an hour of autonomy and conceal the secrets that allow these cheerleaders to swing at 30 centimeters per second without hitting or falling.

To accomplish this, each robot is equipped with three gyro sensors that detect the direction in which they are leaning and cause them to move in that direction. This is an update of the system developed for the previous Murata Boy and Murata Girl models, to which a technology that allows them to detect angles of rotation has been added.

According to Yoshikawa, these sensors are identical to those found in cameras, automotive navigation systems, and the most recent electric stability control (ESC) systems in vehicles, which keep them from skidding.

In addition, each robot has five ultrasonic microphones and four infrared sensors hidden in its helmet that identify its present position and allow it to locate anything within a 16-meter radius, even in the dark.

The data obtained by these sensors is transmitted among them over a wireless network, allowing each cheerleader to properly find the others while dancing with their multicolored LED pom-poms and avoid any possible collisions.

This group control technique was created in partnership with experts at Kyoto University's Matsuno Laboratory and can be used to develop "safer and more efficient" vehicles and transportation in the future, according to Yoshikawa.

Other potential applications for this sensing and communication technology include energy management systems for homes and buildings, as well as the transmission of people's vital signs and "advanced" healthcare, he added.

The Murata Cheerleaders, whose public debut coincides with the company's 70th anniversary, are the fourth generation of Murata robots, following the introduction of the first Murata Boy in 1991, the second in 2005, and the arrival of Murata Girl in 2008.

The new Murata cheerleaders will be on exhibit at the forthcoming Ceatec 2014 in Tokyo, where they will be on display between October 7 and 11.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

LG Rolling Bot: much more than a toy

 The LG Rolling Bot is more than just a toy.

LG Rolling Bot

This rolling robot is equipped with a camera that can send live video to the LG G5. It's marketed as a home security system by the firm.

The Rolling Bot is the most shocking of LG's "friends" for its latest flagship, the LG G5. It's a robot that can be operated remotely via a smartphone and looks like something from the Star Wars universe. This spherical contraption may appear to be a toy at first appearance, yet it has many practical applications.

The LG Rolling Bot is a rolling camera first and foremost. It's a fantastic fit for the G5's new ecosystem of devices, which the Korean business has created. The user will be able to shoot videos and photographs like never before with the 360 CAM, for example. Imagine chasing your pet around the house with this robot while recording it from afar.

It is a tireless watchdog of the house, in addition to all of the entertaining applications for making entertainment content. The Rolling Bot can be utilized as a home security tool, acting as a WiFi-controlled sentry. It will allow the user to connect to the camera and watch live video on their LG G5.

It does the job with an 8-megapixel sensor. The camera quality respects the balance between image sharpness and video file size because this gadget is designed to be managed remotely via wireless technology. As a result, using it at work is a completely smooth experience. With the Rolling Bot, the LG G5 enhances its capabilities and outperforms other smartphones on the market.


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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Romeo robot designed to assist the elderly

Romeo robot

Aldebaran Robotic, a French corporation, has given its new humanoid the name Romeo. It stands 1.40 meters tall and weighs only 40 kilograms, and it is being developed to aid senior people in their retirement in the near future.

According to its creators, Romeo, which was shown on March 18 at the Innorobo Robotics Show in Lyon under the motto "a true companion and personal assistant," promises to be a true revolution in supporting people in nursing homes and retirement homes.

Romeo, who is around the same height and weight as a youngster, is anticipated to start assisting seniors in 2017. (or 2019 at the latest). Its body is made of carbon fiber and rubber to prevent injuries in the event of a collision with a user. The most essential thing, according to the French company, is to modify its use so that end users, such as the elderly, can benefit from its assistance and company without risking their lives.

It has a three-dimensional vision of its surroundings and is able to interact with them. It can move by imitating human footsteps, carry out home activities (such as cooking, shopping, and carrying goods...), and carry on a conversation if necessary.

Its progress is hardly surprising, given that Aldebaran Robotic, a French corporation, has been nurturing this project since 2009, and it has steadily taken shape, expanding from its most basic robot, which was dubbed Nao and can be seen here.

At the present, just four units of our helpful friend are available, and they have been purchased by a number of European development agencies who are evaluating how to improve and adapt the project in the near future (they intend to approve its use in 2016).

We can find all kinds of information about it on its official website, from body plans to various uses that are meant to provide him, sure, we will have to deal with the French to understand something.


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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The robot that irons, folds and perfumes clothes in seconds

 In seconds, a robot irons, folds, and scents garments.


Many people will benefit from this amazing invention. It's a machine that irons, folds, and sprays garments with a mild fragrance in just four seconds.

The robot was first shown at the CES technology show in Las Vegas in 2017 and has since been updated before going on sale. According to FoldiMate of the United States, the device will be available in late 2019 and the first units can already be reserved.

FoldiMate may be used for T-shirts and slacks in sizes larger than six-year-old children and smaller than XXL for adults, as well as small, medium, and large pillows and towels, with an operation time of just four seconds each garment.

The clothing is introduced at the top, ironed, perfumed, and folded within, then placed in a basket at the bottom to utilize FoldiMate. According to FoldiMate, there is no limit to the quantity of clothing that can be collected from the drawer.

The device's major flaw is the amount of space it takes up, as it stands one meter and 25 centimeters tall, 70 centimeters deep, and 60 centimeters wide, making it larger than other household appliances.

FoldiMate can already be reserved for $980 before its official launch at the end of 2019. Although taxes, shipping charges, and a $85 deposit must be added, this pricing includes a 10% discount on the ultimate price, and the company only promises shipping within the United States for the time being.


Article Author Gerluxe Image:  foldimate

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

BUDDY - A robot that interacts with your family and your home

 A robot that communicates with your family and interacts with your home

buddy robot

BUDDY -  A home social robot designed by Blue Frog Robotics, a French technology company, to connect, defend, and interact with the family.

BUDDY is the first domestic social robot designed by French technology company Blue Frog Robotics to connect, protect, and interact with all members of the family. It is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo for its development and eventual commercialization, which is expected by the end of next year.

BUDDY, weighing only 5 kg and standing 56 cm tall, has limitless options for assisting in the organization of a modern family's everyday routine. Its makers claim that it will be a simple and easy-to-use device that will blend in smoothly with family life. It will not require any assembly or hardware configuration because it will be pre-programmed and ready to use at the factory.


The ability to collaborate in daily chores such as remembering major events of the day, following directions from a family member, answering calls, or capturing images and videos stands out among the different functionalities given by this home Android. But that's not all; it'll also act as entertainment for the kids or as a way to keep the house safe when we're away.

The social robot includes WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity technology, speakers, an integrated digital camera, thermal and motion sensors, and even an interactive screen that displays the android's facial features with a variety of gestures and expressions in response to each stimulus received, as it could not be otherwise. It also includes 16 GB of internal storage and a lithium-ion battery that gives it a battery life of roughly 10 hours.

The audio and video software will also allow users to record and recognize family members, as well as interpret human language in order to connect verbally with family and friends. Furthermore, we may use the remote control technology to access your camera from our phones and control everything that happens in our house while we are away.

As a result, this is a useful home security gadget that can be used to check if the oven is properly switched off, detect a water leak, or just operate basic domestic equipment like thermostats, locks, and switches.

We are surely confronting a fascinating multipurpose home android that can help us out of more than one difficulty from 2016 based on the success of the crowdfunding campaign conducted on Indiegogo. With only a few days left in the crowdfunding campaign, it has raised more than $150,000, much exceeding the $100,000 goal set by its designers for its development and eventual commercialization.


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Monday, January 10, 2022

Cafe X is the first robotic coffee business in the United States

Coffee businesses are getting robots, and this one can pour up to 120 cups each hour without stopping.

cafe x robot

Henry Hu is not a coffee enthusiast, but he drinks approximately five cups every day to keep himself alert. Hu observed one day that traveling to the coffee shop took a significant amount of time, especially when he had to wait in line, order his drink, pay, and wait for it to arrive, a procedure he thought could be made more efficient.

As a result, Hu decided to drop out of college and put everything he had learnt while waiting in line at the coffee shop to use. He developed a robotic coffee shop notion, presented it to the Thiel Fellowship business incubator, earned $100,000 to advance his idea, and today inaugurated 'Cafe X,' San Francisco's first robot-operated coffee shop.


Cafe X is the first robotic coffee business in the United States, according to Hu, and is focused on providing customers who just want a well-prepared coffee without the usage of artificial additives from vending machines. As a result, he chose to form partnerships with local enterprises that sell coffee beans in order to improve the local economy.

Hu noticed that in coffee shops, a lot of time was spent due to needing to conduct numerous stages, in addition to the human component, which affected reaction time due to chats, breaks, meal times, and shift changes. This is how he obtained a Mitsubishi 6-axis industrial robot, which is extensively used in various manufacturing lines, and programmed it with simple movements to fulfill the task of serving coffee.

Cafe X uses an automated system to control the equipment and coordinate them with the robot's movements, allowing us to order a coffee and customize it with the amount of milk, bean type, additional tastes, and other possibilities. The benefit is that we are provided with a mobile application that is compatible with iOS and Android, from which we can order our drink, pay for it instantaneously, and then simply go pick up our coffee using the code provided by the app. Alternatively, we can use the three tablets provided at the kiosk to place our order.

This robot can serve between 100 and 120 cups each hour and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a result, a 250 milliliter cup of coffee costs an average of $2, while other options in the neighborhood charge between $4 and $5. Cafe X currently has only two locations worldwide, in San Francisco and Hong Kong, but Hu hopes to expand his system to shopping malls and corporate offices across California and the rest of the United States.

This move comes as no surprise, and it adds to a rising trend of companies incorporating robots into previously human-only procedures. We've already seen it with McDonald's, and we've seen it in San Francisco with the Easta restaurant, which are just two instances of how this technology will be used in the future.


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RoboBee, a revolutionary micro robot from Harvard, can fly, dive, swim, and jump in water.

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