Aftermarket kit gives existing tractors an autonomous mode

Although autonomous tractors may be well-suited to some applications, there are other times when a human driver is still required. That's where a new kit comes in, as it allows existing tractors to be switched between autonomous and manual modes.

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Automated Hive Controller extracts honeycombs in half the time

Beekeeping can be an arduous task, as keepers have to repeatedly bend over and lift wax/honey-laden honeycomb panels out of each hive. The Hive Controller is designed to help, by robotically lifting and collecting the honeycombs.

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Soft aquatic robot activated by light and magnets to quickly crawl

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new soft robot that can walk at roughly the speed of a human, activated by light and magnetic fields. The robot can squeeze into tight spaces and pick up, carry and release objects on demand.

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ReadySight first responder robot can be tossed into sticky situations

A startup created specifically to develop machines for first responders, Company Six, has now unveiled its first creation, a rugged, video-streaming robot called ReadySight that can be tossed into hairy situations.

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Tank-like robot designed to autonomously tend gardens

Gardening is very therapeutic for many people, but there are nonetheless some yard-related tasks that can be a hassle. The Yardroid robot was designed to autonomously handle those jobs, utilizing artificial intelligence.

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Robot crawls across wind turbine in world-first off-shore “blade walk”

As renewable energy grows in popularity around the world, efforts to cut costs and increase its appeal in every way possible continue, and a bug-inspired six-legged robot may have an important part to play in this.

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Cashed-up Sarcos exoskeleton powers toward commercial production

Last year, we got our first look at an ambitious take on high-tech exoskeletons in the Guardian XO from Sarcos Robotics, which has just gathered US$40 million in new funding to bring its full-bodied suit to market in 2021.

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US$1,515 will let you drive the beastly Prosthesis mech suit

This giant mechanical exo-suit copies the movements of a pilot's limbs. It's 13 feet tall, and has the power to pick up and crush small cars. And if you've got US$1,515 lying about, you can now sign up to strap in and drive it.

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Microscopic robot would use laser pulses to walk through the body

One day microscopic robots could be crawling through your body, clearing out disease or delivering drugs. And now we’re one step closer to that future, as scientists from Cornell University have created tiny robots powered by pulses of laser light.

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