The Future of Bionics Inspired by Nature

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Maximum performance with minimum energy consumption: Nature shows the way to energy-efficient movement processes in tomorrow’s production and provides impulses for astounding new practical applications.  Festo’s Bionic Learning Network – a cooperation between Festo and renowned universities, institutes and development companies – is an integral part of innovation processes in the learning company. Its projects reflect problem-solving competence, and as entirely new technological approaches they inspire dialogue with our customers regarding what is feasible and desirable for the future. Festo is testing new approaches for the control and regulation of autonomous bionic system.(Pics)

 

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Robots in the Home Could Inflict Deadly Wounds on Humans, Warn Scientists

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Homes of the future are often depicted as efficient spaces in which robots are programmed to carry out mundane domestic tasks, from cleaning to carrying out simple repairs or even preparing dinner.

 

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Financial Center in Spain So Big You Need Robot Guides

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Turns out that there’s a financial center in Madrid, Spain which is so  big and confusing to navigate that you’ll desperately need these multilingual robots to guide you around.  El Faro” Visitors Center, is the gateway to Santander Group”s financial complex, one of the largest financial institutions in the Euro zone. The center is a creative mix of advanced robotics, hi-res LED paneled columns and interactive interface design that offer visitors memorable and impactful forms of exploring the group”s history and global presence. Here’s how it works—in-action video and all:

 

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High Voltage Line Robot

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Go Go Gadget High Voltage Robot!

Fiddling with high-voltage power lines is certainly a dangerous job, especially for humans. With that in mind, a Tokyo-based company, HiBot, is working with western Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co. to test a new robot next year that can inspect several power cables at once, and we’re fairly sure that no humans will be hurt in the process. We’re fairly sure that these robots don’t have any fear of heights either.

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Awesome Futuristic Vision Of Military Robots With Guns

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Military robots with guns

Robotex Inc is one of the plethora of companies out there that are working to bring intelligent weapon wielding robots to reality.  From the limited information on their website we can’t say much about whether Robotex’s robots are ever going to come to much, but perhaps these guys have a future in robotic video editing.

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Agricultural Robots A Real Possibility In The Near Future

Agricultural Robots A Real Possibility In The Near Future

Robots can be trained to spot disease and estimate yield  

From plows to seed drills to tractors, evolving technology has brought about radical changes to agriculture over the years. Now the sector is poised for another shift as robotic farmhands gear up to make agriculture greener and more efficient.

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The 7 Creepiest Robots

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Talking to yourself reaches a whole new level

Scientists say they can now build near-perfect replications of a human being, and that they finally have the technology to bring the inanimate to life.

Scientists are liars. Here are seven robots that reached for “life-like,” and came up with a big handful of your worst nightmares. Continue reading… “The 7 Creepiest Robots”

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Gecko-Like Adhesive That Lets Go

Gecko-Like Adhesive That Lets Go 

Special tips on gecko hairs can grip and release.

Gecko feet have long been a source of inspiration to scientists striving to make superstrong, reusable adhesives. Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found a new way to make such an adhesive grip and release as required, using angled microstructures. These structures mimic the tips of the hairs found on gecko toes, which give the lizard its prowess as a climber.

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Inflatable Water Ball Lets You Walk On Water

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Shinra Manufacturers of Guangzhou, China has made it possible for you to walk on water with the Inflatable Water Ball.  Now, I’m all for the idea of being able to walk on water.  Really, I am.  I think it would be pretty cool in a nondenominational deity sort of way.  But…

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