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MagnetoSperm Robots May Soon Be Used For In Vitro Fertilization
2014-06-03 09:41:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Doctors looking to conduct procedures on a microscopic scale have developed sperm-inspired robots that can be manipulated through the use of weak oscillating magnetic fields, according to a new report in the journal Applied Physics Letters. Measuring just over 320 microns in length, the tiny robots are comprised of a head covered in cobalt-nickel and an uncoated tail. When the robot is exposed to an oscillating field of weaker than 5...

2014-06-02 16:26:06

Sperm-Inspired Robots Controlled by Magnetic Fields May be Useful for Drug Delivery, IVF, Cell Sorting and Other Applications at the Microscopic Level WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of researchers at the University of Twente (Netherlands) and German University in Cairo (Egypt) have developed sperm-inspired microrobots, which can be controlled by oscillating weak magnetic fields. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130627/DC39790LOGO Described in a...

Wind Power From A Turbine Smaller Than A Grain Of Rice
2014-01-12 04:31:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington have developed a micro-windmill that can generate wind energy despite being just one-tenth the size of a grain of rice, making it an innovative way to power cell phones or other technological devices without the need for large turbines. According to Forbes Contributor William Pentland, graduate research associate Smitha Rao and electrical engineering professor JC Chiao used...

Swarms Of Tiny Robots May Be The Wave Of The Future
2013-03-28 14:55:21

Watch the video "Robot Swarms" Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of Sheffield in the UK are currently developing robot swarms that could eventually lead to a better understanding of how a group of machines could work in concert to accomplish a given task. The robotics team has been working with a group of 40 robots capable of acting as a group to perform tasks such as pushing an object across a floor. “There are a lot of swarm...

Tiny Robots Can Work Together On Complex Tasks
2012-12-15 06:30:57

[ Watch the Video: Robotics That Can Swarm Together ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at one US university have developed a team of 20 miniature robots which can work together on complex tasks, and now they are hoping to expand their work to mass-produce the machines and prove their usefulness in a vast array of different scenarios. The robots, which were created by University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll...

Miniature Robotic Avatar Is The Newest Japanese Robot Invention
2012-05-30 12:56:13

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Japanese researchers have taken another step into the dimension of weird for robotics: a wearable miniature humanoid virtual presence. The robot, called MH-2, allows friends or family to virtually interact through the virtual presence device so you do not feel alone. The MH-2 acts as an avatar, or a remote person, to communicate with people through the wearable robot. The MH-2 is able to mimic human actions as accurately and realistically as possible...

International Robotics Conference Kicks Off Today
2012-05-14 04:42:09

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Today kicks off the 2012 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), featuring leading robotics and automation experts. ICRA 2012 is sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and is being held in Saint Paul, Minnesota this year. RedOrbit will be covering events taking place at this week's conference, including the latest innovation in space and underwater exploration robots, micro and nano scale robots, and human-robot...

2012-03-05 18:05:00

In recognition of the enormous potential of his pioneering research and sustained excellence in teaching, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has honored Dr. David Cappelleri, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, with the illustrious CAREER Award. As one of the most competitive programs the NSF conducts, the CAREER Award supports early career development of faculty in the sciences who are most likely to become leading researchers and teachers....

Image 1 - Mass-production Technique Brings Robotic Insects To Life
2012-02-17 04:32:42

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Production method inspired by children's pop-up books enables rapid fabrication of tiny, complex devices A new technique inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet. Devised by engineers at Harvard, the ingenious layering and folding process enables the rapid fabrication of not just microrobots, but a broad range of electromechanical devices. In prototypes, 18 layers of carbon...

2011-12-16 14:12:14

Microscopic-scale medical robots represent a promising new type of therapeutic technology. As envisioned, the microbots, which are less than one millimeter in size, might someday be able to travel throughout the human bloodstream to deliver drugs to specific targets or seek out and destroy tumors, blood clots, and infections that can't be easily accessed in other ways. One challenge in the deployment of microbots, however, is developing a system to accurately "drive" them and maneuver them...


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