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Latest robotics publications


Swarm Theory: Lessons from nature in the advancement of robotics

As part of a recent entry to Science Robotics, experts argued that “Covid-19 could be a catalyst for developing robotic systems that can be rapidly deployed with remote access […] to front lines”. It is often in times of great strife that innovation truly comes to the fore – the progress made across both public and private sectors in recent weeks is a tribute to just that, encompassing everything from advanced data analytics to the production of ventilators by the likes of McLaren, Mercedes and other F1 teams. 

Robotics is no different. Robots are currently handling room service in isolation centres, patrolling the streets to help countries achieve social distancing policies, and helping to entertain the elderly. There are even robots whose purpose aligns perfectly with the specificities of this particular pandemic. UVD Robots, a company founded in 2016 by BlueOcean Robotics, produces a mobile bot with powerful UV lights built into the hardware. The robot can kill 99.99 per cent of all pathogens in the air using those light waves, a feature which will be most welcome in hospitals around the world currently.


Robots and the jobs we love to hate

We need to stop defining ourselves by what we do We tend to think about work in terms of “jobs”. You are a programmer, a doctor, a consultant, or a lawyer. When we introduce ourselves, convention dictates we talk about our jobs rather than who we are. The shorthand of our titles allows us to… Read More


Engineers build humanoid robot capable of mimicking human balance  

A two-legged robot which can maintain its balance while running and jumping has been hailed as a breakthrough in robotic engineering by researchers, who say it could one day be deployed in disaster rescue teams.


Lettuce-picking robot could plug agriculture labour gaps

New Vegebot could help plug agriculture labour gaps, claim researchers Engineers have developed a vegetable-picking robot to complete the challenging task of harvesting lettuces. The prototype Vegebot, developed by a team at Cambridge University, is nowhere near as fast or efficient as a human worker at picking iceberg lettuces. But research published in The Journal… Read More


MWC Day One: Qualcomm robots, Leonardo d’IoT, disobedient coffee machines

MWC Barcelona kicked off yesterday, providing a flurry of announcements, innovations, and of course, plenty of back-patting from the major vendors and OEMs. MWC has recently taken a turn to the edge, exalted IoT and embraced 5G fever, although this year marks a return to the headlines for genuinely exciting and novel consumer innovations, with… Read More