An Exosuit for the Augmented Human

I don’t often allude to video games for the purposes of future speculation, but they are perfect opportunities to imagine what we can create. The Crysis series features a protagonist who is equipped with a “nanosuit” that augments his health and movement. Still only a concept, Polish designer Marcin Kitala has imagined what the developers of…

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Synthetic Bio-Bots Take Their First Steps

Swimming like spermatozoa, researchers and engineers at the University of Illinois breathed life into a synthetic bio-bot that self-propels through the contraction of cultured heart cells known as cardiomyocytes. Modeled after single-celled organisms, these bio-bots consist of a long flagella-like tail made up of flexible polymer, alongside a short head by its end that is…

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Budgee: The Robo-Handler We’ve All Been Waiting For

In 1937, the very first shopping cart was invented by Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain in Oklahoma City. The intent was to simplify and assist the customer experience. Before the shopping cart, there were only hand-held baskets. Today, thanks to Five Elements Robotics, the very first robo-handler has arrived. Budgee is…

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Google This, Google That, Google Robotics

Google wastes no time with investment in forward-thinking projects–the company has plucked former Android chief Andy Rubin to lead their new robotics research. The once solely search-focused company will be taking robotic engineering very seriously; they acquired seven companies that were working on all manner of robotics. Notable among these companies is Bot & Dolly…

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The Rise of Soft Robotics

One of the more difficult challenges soft robotics aim to fix is the inflexibility of robot technology. Jointed robots are interrupted if conditions impede their performance. For better versatility, researchers are creating robots inspired by invertebrates such as octopuses and earthworms. While they would be slower and weaker than their counterparts, pliable automatons are adaptable,…

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Delivery Drones: Amazon Prime Air

Drones have either a horrible reputation or an optimistic future. Either perspective you have, they’re an important robotic feature that is relevant to our everyday lives. And Amazon.com has decided to make drones a key part of their future plan for quick delivery. The Amazon Prime Air octocopters are small drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles…

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The Robot, the Hero

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1936749750″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ce5l9GPcL._SL110_.jpg” width=”88″]Robots that attend to human needs have peppered science fiction since Rosie swept under George Jetson’s feet. Most representations of helper robots tend to look and behave something like sophisticated kitchen appliances. There’s a new humanoid robot manufactured by the U.S. Defense Department and robotics company Boston Dynamics that…

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World Technology Summit Live Blog Today

Serious Wonder will be live blogging Thursday and Friday from the World technology Summit. 9:00am: Brendan Ripp – VP, Sales, Fortune; Former Publisher, TIME gives opening remarks… 9:10 am – James P. Clark,Founder/Chairman, The World Technology Network begins the conference….. “We’re entering an era where we will be able to remake ourselves. We’re beginning to see and do…

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Wearable Robotics: New Human Potential

Wearable robots and our new human potential. When people slap a bunch of jargony terms together to try to sound smart, it usually just ends up being annoying. Like when someone talks about “leveraging their core competency to create a scalable, next-generation business solution.” Blech! Well, although “wearable robotics” sounds like another case of jargon-gone-wrong,…

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