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Domino's delivers pizza using drones in New Zealand

Domino's delivers pizza using drones in New Zealand

Domino's Pizza and Flirtey companies are allowed to deliver pizzas using drone robots in New Zealand. The successful demonstration of the flight was also attended by local aviation authorities.
8/27/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Harvard introduced an entirely soft 3D-printed robot

Harvard introduced an entirely soft 3D-printed robot

Future robots do not need to be rigid anymore. Hardware researchers have created an entirely soft robot (octobot) that is powered by chemical reactions. They have used a 3D-printing technology to manufacture it.
8/26/2016, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Ford and MIT test autonomous shuttles in MIT's campus

Ford and MIT test autonomous shuttles in MIT's campus

Ford Motor Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created three autonomous electric shuttles which are going to be tested in MIT's campus. They will use LIDAR and cameras to navigate among pedestrians.
7/29/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
UK permitted Amazon delivery drones tests

UK permitted Amazon delivery drones tests

Amazon wants to test its delivery drones but is not very lucky in US because of very strict rules given by F.A.A. On the other hand, United Kingdom is more tech-friendly and permitted testing procedures of these unmanned aircrafts.
7/27/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Elon Musk revealed Master Plan II, Tesla trucks coming

Elon Musk revealed Master Plan II, Tesla trucks coming

10 years ago, Elon Musk revealed Master Plan that involved three electric cars and solar power. Now, the second plan was made public. Musk plans to create electric trucks, public transport system, car sharing but that is not all.
7/22/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
3D-printed biorobots powered by sea slug muscles

3D-printed biorobots powered by sea slug muscles

Sometimes, it is hard to believe what the scientists are capable of. For example, they have created a biorobot that consists of a 3D-printed body and real muscles from a sea slug. Now, such a robot is able to crawl slowly.
7/20/2016, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
NASA to send Curiosity 2.0 rover to Mars in 2020

NASA to send Curiosity 2.0 rover to Mars in 2020

The new Mars mission is finally planned. NASA wants to send the new Curiosity 2.0 rover with enhanced scientific instruments to the Mars planet in 2020. The new rover should also collect samples of Martian soil.
7/18/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Aerial photography changed by DJI drones and Hasselblad

Aerial photography changed by DJI drones and Hasselblad

DJI and Hasselblad companies teamed together and created a new special drone for aerial photography. Their new A5D-M600 drone is able to take 50-megapixel Hasselblad medium format camera in the air.
7/13/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Special robot to teach kids a second language

Special robot to teach kids a second language

Cute robots may be helpful when teaching kids new abilities. Researchers at Tilburg University in Netherlands are developing the special social robot called L2TOR that should help small kids to learn a second language.
7/7/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Exoskeleton to stop tremor of people with Parkinson

Exoskeleton to stop tremor of people with Parkinson

New exoskeleton technology can be used in medicine for people with Parkinson's disease. The artificial hand can calm down the tremors caused by this insidious illness and bring patients back into normal life.
6/30/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Cyborg insects as remotely controlled olfactory sensors

Cyborg insects as remotely controlled olfactory sensors

The smell of some insects is very well developed sense and it can be used to create living biorobots. The mixture of nanotechnology and locusts can make powerful olfactory sensor that can be remotely controlled.
6/29/2016, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Cute Asus Zenbo robot, a cheap digital friend

Cute Asus Zenbo robot, a cheap digital friend

Asus unveiled very cute robot Zenbo that is able to play with kids or tell them fairy tales. But this "toy" is not only for kids, it is good companion for elderly people too. Zenbo can be used for video calls, it can take photos or work as a home cinema.
5/31/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
AutoRally car autonomously learns how to race

AutoRally car autonomously learns how to race

Autonomous car are taught how to drive in real world conditions but some cars are also able to teach themselves and learn how to drive. Researchers at Georgia Tech have created the car that is autonomously learning how to race and drive extremely fast.
5/27/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
SeaDrone underwater robot not only for fishermen

SeaDrone underwater robot not only for fishermen

Drones are very popular now but they do not have to fly only. There is a new emerging market for underwater drones. One of them is called SeaDrone that can be useful for underwater inspections or scientific research.
5/17/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Humanoid NASA Valkyrie robots heading for Mars?

Humanoid NASA Valkyrie robots heading for Mars?

Upgraded NASA Valkyrie R5 robots were given to three universities. They will be used for a scientific research and may be used in conditions in which humans cannot survive. Will they be used in space missions like NASA's journey to Mars?
5/11/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
First robot perfectly completed autonomous bowel surgery

First robot perfectly completed autonomous bowel surgery

Robots are widely used in medicine in recent years but has not been able to act autonomously yet. That is history now. Autonomous robot STAR was able to perform complete pig bowel surgery and outperformed human surgeons.
5/10/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
CRACUNS: New underwater drone for aerial missions

CRACUNS: New underwater drone for aerial missions

Development of new technologies cannot be stopped. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory developed the new underwater drone called CRACUNS. It can wait under water, surface and soar into the air.
4/13/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala