A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.
While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.
Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]
Hector is a stick inspired robot that was created at Bielefeld University, Germany in 2011 by a team of researchers. They are now working on installing walking capabilities into this robot. Hector is the abbreviation of Hexapod Cognitive Autonomously Operating Robot and according to the team, this research will also help biologists who are interested in movement of animals.
Usually 6-legged robots walk by making use of a tripod or through some other predefined pace of legs. This amazing robot, however, has no predefined gait. Which is to say it has a flexible leg control, thus enabling it to tackle rough surfaces with each leg being able to decide on its own about where and [...]
Researchers have created a model of the cerebellum comprising over 100,000 ‘neurons’ – which was implemented on dedicated hardware for parallel computing known as a graphics processing unit (GPU) – s able to train a robot to accurately hit a ball bowled in real-time.
Latest turtle robot capable of performing more complicated tasks such as surveillance and energy harvesting, and operates on a self-charge mode.
Propulsion by undulation entails complicated interplay between body deformation and fluid motion. Developing high performance robots by utilizing such complex dynamics is a main goal of the research on robotic fish.
Georgia Tech studies mid-air orientation and impact behavior in both cats and humans as it applies to reduced impact in falling robots, especially those that one day may be used for search-and-rescue missions in hazardous conditions.
The most important humanoid robots in the world have a date in Spain next week at Humanoids 2014.