Sewbo is a robot sewing machine hybrid that can sew shirts all by itself.
The shirt is stiffened with something that is water soluble so the robot can more easily sew it together and then the stiffener is removed at the end.
Despite widespread use in other industries, automation has failed to find a place in apparel manufacturing due to robots’ inability to handle limp, flexible fabrics. Sewbo avoids these hurdles by temporarily stiffening fabrics, making it easy for conventional robots to build clothes as if they were made from sheet metal.
Posted in Industrial
Engineers from MIT have created 3d printed structures that can be controlled with magnets. They have created a new kind of 3D printing material that ends up soft to the touch but embedded with magnetic particles.
The desired shape is then printed with a magnet next to the printing nozzle. This magnet orients the magnetic particles in the same direction when the object is being printed.
Scribit is a wall drawing robot that uses erasable markers. You can draw images and text on any vertical surface but Scribit works best on plaster, whiteboard or glass.
Currently on Kickstarter with a price of $269. they have already met their funding goal.
Posted in Robot News
Swiss company ecorobotix have developed a robot that can micro dose weeds with weedkiller.
The fully autonomous robot is basically a giant solar panel on wheels. It can operate for 12 hours at a time, navigating by GPS along with additional sensors and a camera.
Using two tanks, the robot micro doses the weeds, using 20 times less weed killer than traditional methods.
Now, if the engineers could only make the robot pull out the weeds instead of using chemicals.
Robotic submarine the REMUS 6000 from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has discovered lost Spanish Galleon the San José. The wreck was discovered off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, on Nov. 27, 2015 but could not be revealed until now due to legal matters.
The Boston Globe states:
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has revealed that one of its robot submarines played a key role in the discovery of a sunken Spanish galleon that might contain billions of dollars’ worth of treasure.