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EPFL’s Tiny Robotic Fish Is Effectively A Spy Fish That Spies On, Well, Zebrafish

When it comes to biomimicry, EPFL, or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is no stranger, but the Zebrafish robot you see here took the institute’s biomimicry technology to a new level of small because, Zebrafish. Granted, at 7 centimeters (2.75 inches) long, this bares-it-all tiny robotic fish is a tad larger than an actual aquatic creature of this species and obviously, look vastly different with its transparent enclosure that pretty much show off its electronics, it managed to assimilate into the school. The researchers not only wanted to develop a robot that will eventually influence the behavior of the organic counterparts, but also capable of adapting its own behavior by picking up communication skills (yes, really) and mimics the real fishes’ movements. Continue reading EPFL’s Tiny Robotic Fish Is Effectively A Spy Fish That Spies On, Well, Zebrafish

Salamander-like Robot Moves And Wades Thru Water Like The Real Thing

When we think robots, we think of two things: conflicts and how they can replace manual work, but not in the case of Pleurobot, a salamander-like robot developed by Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob) of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). This particular robot mimics the natural movements of the beautiful amphibious creature which, according to roboticist Auke Jan Ijspeert, allows mankind to better understand our own biology and even “unlocking previously unknown secrets of the spinal cord.” BioRob leverages on the advancement in cineradiography which allows the researchers to record 3D x-ray videos of the creatures walking, moving in the water and swimming, tracking up to 64 points of the the animal’s skeleton to form a 3D movements of the bones. Continue reading Salamander-like Robot Moves And Wades Thru Water Like The Real Thing

Thanks to Scalevo, Stairs Will Cease To Be An Obstacle to Wheelchairs

The term “wheelchair-friendly” may well be a thing of the past – thanks to a group of 10 Swiss mechanical and electrical engineering students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Zurich University of the Arts who have invented a new, futuristic wheelchair that climbs stairs. And when we said it ‘climbs stairs’, we do mean it actually scale the steps. Dubbed Scalevo electric wheelchair, it features a couple of ‘extras’ that you won’t usually find on a regular electric wheelchair and that includes a set of rubber tracks hidden under the chair. There is also a pair of articulated wheels to back that can lift the user up for a better view like, say, on a viewing gallery where the parapet maybe blocking a seated person’s line-of-sight. Continue reading Thanks to Scalevo, Stairs Will Cease To Be An Obstacle to Wheelchairs

Foldable Micro Size Drone Uses Origami Technique, Unfolds in a Snap

The now-popular configuration of drone, i.e. quad or multi rotor setup, makes them difficult to stowaway. Even the smallest of drones can’t fit into your pocket without breaking a rotor or two. That’s probably not a concern for hobbyists who rather the drone be bigger for visual clarity sake when flying. But if a drone could be make pocket size, it will greatly benefit first responders who can leverage on the size for portability while taking advantage of what a flying robot offers, such as sending it into disaster area for aerial survey. This is what the Foldable Drone, developed by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s researchers Stefano Mintchev and Dario Floreano, can do. It is foldable, drawing inspiration from traditional origami to achieve this feat, and unlike some science fiction flick where you see arms of the drone slowly deploys (in a dramatic way), the rotor arms of this miniature robot snap into place in less than a second. Continue reading Foldable Micro Size Drone Uses Origami Technique, Unfolds in a Snap