Tagged: robotics

The “Bionic Olympics” 2016 - Ariadne

Robert Hickson May 15, 2014

The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research Robotics has announced it will be holding a Cyberathlon in October 2016. (The BBC has a brief synopsis – the Cyberathlon site can bring up security certificate warnings). Its open to those with arm or leg prosthetics, as well as wheel-chair bound athletes and those with exoskeletons. There’s also … Read More

Robolego - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 25, 2013

While Siouxsie is encouraging more gender equality in lego figurines “pussy cat” mums are dragging their kids, kicking and screaming (perhaps), to lego classes in Singapore. As the Economist notes, the latter is potentially an interesting new development in Asia, where parents (and politicians) are keen to foster greater creativity and team work in the next generation … Read More

Robotic Friday - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 24, 2013

The Atlantic has two articles about robots this week. The first has pictures of Robots at Work and Play, though its more work than play. Robotic camel jockeys anyone? The most intriguing one for me was the mobile fish pen system that “wanders” the ocean gathering data that can help solve water quality and seafloor impact problems. The others … Read More

Collaborobots - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 17, 2013

There’s been a debate in the US that robots and other technologies will steal jobs (a recent study suggests 45% of US jobs are at risk from computerisation). Others disagree, pointing out some robots are filling in gaps where its hard to get workers (like farm labourers), or suggesting that these technologies (like the industrial and … Read More

Robots and the elderly - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 26, 2013

There is much optimism in some quarters that health-care robots and other advanced technologies will help meet the anticipated demand for more health-care workers as the proportion of old folks increases [NZ data here]. Rodney Brooks of  Rethink Robotics talks about this with the BBC, along with the need to think about designing robots from the users … Read More

A 3D printed microbattery - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 23, 2013

The research uses of 3D printing are rapidly diversifying. The latest application is a lithium ion microbattery (subscription to Advanced Materials required to read full article). Unlike existing thin film batteries this printed microbattery is reported to have a similar performance to commercial batteries. Potential applications are for micro-robots and implantable medical devices. The critical issues for … Read More

Pilots also optional? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Apr 29, 2012

In my last post I noted the shift to increasing automation on the roads. We are also seeing this in the air. In the US legislative and budgetary initiatives are set to encourage greater use of unmanned aerial vehicles (aka Drones) in domestic airspace. Some fliers are in a tailspin about the dangers this poses to … Read More