Scientists at EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung at Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin set out discover how a 300 million year old animal walked.
Orobates-Pabsti is the oldest-known vertebrate for which scientists have been able to link a fossil with its fossilized footprints. This made Orobates-Pabsti an ideal candidate to study. Using biomechanics and robotics the researchers developed a method to better understand how vertebrate locomotion evolved.
Some very interesting work was published earlier this week in Sciencemag.org. Sabine Hauert from the Bristol Robotics Lab and James Sharpe at EMBL and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona along with others have created a natural robotic swarm.
By natural we mean the swarm has no predefined pattern or shape and makes it’s own shape using over 300 coin sized robots.
While a student at Florida Atlantic University Jennifer Frame developed a robotic jellyfish she called Jennifish.
The robot is made of silicone rubber and uses a Teensy microcontroller to control its actions. Small pumps on the underside take water in and shoot it out, propelling Jennifish upward.
In the future, sensors could be added to track the ocean’s temperature or salinity. Jennifer’s thesis advisor was Dr. Erik Engeberg, Associate Professor.
Meet Nybbles, the side project of Dr. Rongzhong Li. While teaching computer science, Dr Li developed an interest in robotics and soon began tinkering with microcontrollers.
Recently Dr Li launched the company Petoi with Nybble as its first product currently available on indigogo.
Nybble features open source code and cancan teach you programming. Programming can be done with the Arduino IDE.
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Atlas, the human like robot from Boston Dynamics now does parkour. Atlas is just under 5′ tall and weighs about 165 pounds.
Thanks to 28 different joints Atlas is very agile and also sport LiDAR and Stereo Vision.
In the latest video, Atlas is seen running, jumping over a log and then hopping up several large steps. Atlas is very well balanced but if knocked over, can get up on his own.