Robotics

A bio-inspired electrocommunication system for small underwater robots

Wei Wang shared this video on youtube and the abstract below comes via iopscience Abstract Weakly electric fishes (Gymnotid and Mormyrid) use an electric field to communicate efficiently (termed electrocommunication) in the turbid waters of confined spaces where other communication modalities fail. Inspired by this biological phenomenon, we design an artificial electrocommunication system for small […]

Robotics

A Brief History of Robots in Science Fiction #RoboWeek

Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R.) by Czech writer Karel Čapek introduced the word “robot” — the writer’s brother suggested the word, inspired by the word robata, which means literally “serf labor” and figuratively “drudgery” or “hard work.” No wonder they always want to revolt. Remember: make robot friend, not robot enemy. That’s just a small tidbit on the history of robots […]

Robotics

7-Axis Kuka Robot Arm Toy

OK while we don’t often outright plug ‘toys’ or desktop gadgets on the market, we do like KUKA robot arms! (See here and here – oh and also here and here.) So while made of plastic and not even a full foot tall (20 to 30 cm), we’re considering getting one of these things just […]