Using everyday WiFi to help robots see and navigate better indoors

Journal Reference: Aditya Arun, Roshan Ayyalasomayajula, William Hunter, Dinesh Bharadia. P2SLAM: Bearing Based WiFi SLAM for Indoor Robots. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2022; 7 (2): 3326 DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2022.3144796 The technology consists of sensors that use WiFi signals to help the robot map where it’s going. It’s a new approach to indoor robot navigation. Most … Read more

How eye imaging technology could help robots and cars see better

Journal Reference: Ruobing Qian, Kevin C. Zhou, Jingkai Zhang, Christian Viehland, Al-Hafeez Dhalla, Joseph A. Izatt. Video-rate high-precision time-frequency multiplexed 3D coherent ranging. Nature Communications, 2022; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-29177-9 One of the imaging technologies that many robotics companies are integrating into their sensor packages is Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR for short. Currently … Read more

The next generation of robots will be shape-shifters

Journal Reference: Jack Binysh, Thomas R. Wilks, Anton Souslov. Active elastocapillarity in soft solids with negative surface tension. Science Advances, 2022; 8 (10) DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abk3079 Authors of the study believe their breakthrough modelling on ‘active matter’ could mark a turning point in the design of robots. With further development of the concept, it may be … Read more

Fingertip sensitivity for robots

Journal Reference: Huanbo Sun, Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Georg Martius. A soft thumb-sized vision-based sensor with accurate all-round force perception. Nature Machine Intelligence, 2022; 4 (2): 135 DOI: 10.1038/s42256-021-00439-3 The thumb-shaped sensor is made of a soft shell built around a lightweight stiff skeleton. This skeleton holds up the structure much like bones stabilize the soft … Read more

Robots that can check your blood pressure

Journal Reference: Tae-Ho Kim, Chao Bao, Ziniu Chen, Woo Soo Kim. 3D printed leech-inspired origami dry electrodes for electrophysiology sensing robots. npj Flexible Electronics, 2022; 6 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41528-022-00139-x Based on the intricacies of origami — and inspired by the movements of nature’s leeches — his research is advancing how robots could carry out basic … Read more

Towards self-sensing soft robots with electrochemically driven pumps

Journal Reference: Yu Kuwajima, Yumeta Seki, Yuhei Yamada, Satoshi Awaki, Shota Kamiyauchi, Ardi Wiranata, Yuto Okuno, Hiroki Shigemune, Shingo Maeda. Electrochemical Dual Transducer for Fluidic Self-Sensing Actuation. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2022; 14 (2): 3496 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c21076 This is where “soft” robots have the upper hand. Made of materials called “elastomers” (materials with high … Read more

Scientists develop insect-sized flying robots with flapping wings

Journal Reference: Tim Helps, Christian Romero, Majid Taghavi, Andrew T. Conn, Jonathan Rossiter. Liquid-amplified zipping actuators for micro-air vehicles with transmission-free flapping. Science Robotics, 2022; 7 (63) DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.abi8189 This new advance, published today in the journal Science Robotics, could pave the way for smaller, lighter and more effective micro flying robots for environmental monitoring, … Read more

Teaching robots to think like us

Journal Reference: Yuichiro Yada, Shusaku Yasuda, Hirokazu Takahashi. Physical reservoir computing with FORCE learning in a living neuronal culture. Applied Physics Letters, 2021; 119 (17): 173701 DOI: 10.1063/5.0064771 In Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing, researchers from the University of Tokyo outline how a robot could be taught to navigate through a maze by electrically … Read more

Mind-controlled robots now one step closer

Journal Reference: Iason Batzianoulis, Fumiaki Iwane, Shupeng Wei, Carolina Gaspar Pinto Ramos Correia, Ricardo Chavarriaga, José del R. Millán, Aude Billard. Customizing skills for assistive robotic manipulators, an inverse reinforcement learning approach with error-related potentials. Communications Biology, 2021; 4 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s42003-021-02891-8 Tetraplegic patients are prisoners of their own bodies, unable to speak or perform … Read more

Robots use fear to fight invasive fish

Journal Reference: Giovanni Polverino, Vrishin R. Soman, Mert Karakaya, Clelia Gasparini, Jonathan P. Evans, Maurizio Porfiri. Ecology of fear in highly invasive fish revealed by robots. iScience, 2021; 103529 DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2021.103529 To fight the invasive fish, the international team, composed of biologists and engineers from Australia, the U.S., and Italy, turned to its natural predator … Read more