Robotics

The Advent of the Mobile Lounge

As self driving cars become more commonplace, our emphasis will change from driving experience to riding experience. If the vehicle can get us where we want to go safely and efficiently, we’ll begin to think more about how we travel. We can do more and more things without leaving home. That’s a good thing because […]

Open Source Computer Controlled Farming

FARMBOT is a concept for automated farming that begins with a small home-scale computer controlled gardening machine. The machine is controlled by a Raspberry-Pi computer, an Arduino control board, and open source software. FARMBOT – TECHNOLOGY THAT BETTERS THE WORLD – [youtube.com] FarmBot Genesis is humanity’s first open-source CNC farming machine designed for at-home automated […]

Automated Food Production

Our food production processes are becoming increasingly automated. AGRICULTURE – planting seeds, irrigation, weeding, and harvesting can all currently be done using automation. PREPARATION – getting food ready for cooking involves things like cleaning, shelling and husking, crushing and grinding, and more. All of these tasks have been done by automation for many years. COOKING […]

Disposable Paper Drones

A disposable or even biodegradable glider/drone can be used to deliver payloads from a powered aircraft to ground positions. The gliders are made from paper, cardboard, or other disposable materials and can be steered to a landing point using a small embedded electronic element. APSARA Compilation Video – [youtube.com] A compilation video showing the operational […]

Wearable Soft Robotic Assist Suit

The future of wearable soft robotics will range from skin-like thin suits to rigid full exoskeletons that add strength and other abilities to human effort. Mobility Enhancing Soft Exosuit at Harvard – [youtube.com] Soft Exosuits – [harvard.edu] We are developing next generation soft wearable robots that use innovative textiles to provide a more conformal, unobtrusive […]

Robots in Space

We often use robots in environments that are harsh or unfriendly to humans. In space, there is a starkly drawn line between friendly and unfriendly environments – it’s called inside and outside. Inside the space habitats we will live in, it will be warm and well lit and safe. Outside it will be cold and […]

Distributed Manufacturing AND Distribution

3D printing has tremendous potential to enable distributed manufacturing. This is where a wide variety of manufactured goods can be made by printing them. Printing as a manufacturing process has the ability to change our idea of manufacturing being limited to industrial factory environments, and distribute it to smaller locations that can engage more limited […]

Fixed Wing Drone by Parrot

The Parrot “Disco” is a fixed wing drone with a fish-eye lens camera, a range of nearly 2 kilometers, and flying time of over 45 minutes. It costs $1,300, flies at up to 80 kph (50 mph), and has automated take off and landing modes. There is a joystick operated control panel that integrates with […]

Autonomous Ships

Ships that can operate themselves are in our future. Solving navigation and normal operations problems are not difficult with modern technology. Adapting “fly-by-wire” methodology from aviation to ocean going ships will allow all the ships systems to be controlled from a computer interface instead of manual controls. In fact, many modern ships are already in […]

Malleable Morphing Materials

Claytronics is a conceptual cross-section between nanotechnology and programmable robotics. Add in 3D printing and we’re talking about using digital processing to create programmable materials that can change form. Create Anything You Want With Programmable Matter – [youtube.com] What if you could fax someone a real, three-dimensional object? The solution might come in the form […]