This gripping breakthrough has broad-reaching implications for the world of prosthetics.
A new material created by researchers at MIT performs a pretty handy trick: it turns small amounts of water vapor into energy.
Throwing trash into a trashcan and making sure it lands in said trashcan can be an exhausting task. Well, as this video from Japan shows, there may be a trashcan out there that does the work for you (save for the actual throwing of the trash).
There haven't been enough incredibly creepy robot heads that can display human emotion, so researchers at the University of Pisa went ahead and made what might be the creepiest thing I've ever seen: a robot that can display a full range of human emotions.
While several robotics labs have created freaky bipedal walking bots, one University of Arizona lab has recently unveiled a pair of freaky disembodied legs that mimics muscle and tendon systems to create the most human-like gait yet.
Robots can do some amazing things, such as playing basketball, but what they can't do is feel the objects they touch. Until now. It might seem like a small point — robots are, after all, non-sentient — but for anyone who has a prosthetic arm, being able to sense texture could lead to greater grip and usability.
The science fiction fantasy of Steve Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man, just took a huge leap toward reality thanks to the work of the researchers behind a new thought-controlled modular prosthetic limb.
The dream of exoskeletons usually focuses on the idea of being able to dive into the middle of a battlefield firefight or increase one's strength à la Ripley in Aliens. But the real near-term future for the technology is in body rehabilitation, as exampled by the new LOPES system.
Feeling a little weak in the arms lately? Forget working out and eating right; for just a couple thousand dollars you'll be able to get a bolt-on robotic exoskeletal arm that does all the heavy lifting for you.
So, imagine that you're using a robotic arm for the first time. It's intimidating, yet at the press of a button it suddenly moves over and grabs the desired object flawlessly. That's good, right? Apparently not, as participants trying out the arm preferred its manual mode.