Salto is a jumping robot from UC Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab. It has aerodynamic thrusters to ensure it lands on its foot.
In this Tested video, Norm Chan visits the amazing robotics artist, Mark Setrakian. When I watched the first few seasons of Battlebots, it was always Mark's robots that delivered a serious wow factor. He seemed like he was on another level. In this video, I love the way he describes his design approach and the… READ THE REST
Teaching a robot to brush hair—especially without just powering through tangles and ripping them out of your scalp—is harder than you think. MIT roboticists and Harvard mathematicians collaborated on a computer vision system to "see" curls and tangles and come up with a gentle brushing strategy. The robot itself wields a sensor-laden brush to provide… READ THE REST
While researchers have made great strides (sorry) in robotic exoskeletons that can help people with mobility challenges, the wearer still needs to control the prosthetic. "Every time you want to perform a new locomotor activity, you have to stop, take out your smartphone and select the desired mode," explains University of Waterloo Ph.D. researcher Brokoslaw… READ THE REST
With a world full of travel options starting to reopen as we speak, is it still really worth it to tote around a big, bulky suitcase or carry-on bag for getting all of your important stuff from Point A to Point B? Especially if there's an option that might just serve you better? Of course,… READ THE REST
You don't have to be Tony Stark to have a whole lot of fun conceiving and building electronic gadgets and doohickeys. Tony knew enough not to give the Vision active reproductive parts — and we're sure you'll show just as much restraint as you start cobbling together a whole bunch of nifty little coding and… READ THE REST
Des Moines, Iowa just welcomed a store dedicated in no small part to consumers of the electric skateboard phenomenon. It's one thing when a shop focused on the hobby intricacies of motorized, hyper-efficient electric skateboards pops up in Santa Monica or New York. But when the interest has risen to necessitate a storefront smack in… READ THE REST