Online portal puts users at the controls of a real reef-diving ROV

Even in non-pandemic times, the Great Barrier Reef is still a difficult place for much of the world's population to get to. That's where Teleportal.Fish comes in, as it allows anyone to virtually visit the reef via a live link to an underwater robot.

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Alphabet launches Intrinsic to make industrial robots easier to use

For more than five years, a team has been developing and testing control software under Alphabet's X moonshot factory, aimed at making industrial robots smarter and easier to use. Now the project has branched out into a new company called Intrinsic.

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Air-powered soft robotic hand used to play Super Mario Bros

Robotic hands do show a lot of promise for various applications, but their mechanical complexity still limits their possible uses. A new air-powered hand is much simpler, but still dextrous enough to be utilized to play a video game.

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Fleet-footed insect robot can turn on a dime (literally)

UC Berkeley engineers have created an insect robot that can scamper along quickly and turn on a dime – perhaps literally. The bot owes its fancy footwork to… well, its fancy feet, using varying voltages to alternate stickiness and make sharp turns.

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Tunneling snake robot takes cues from nature to keep its head in the sand

Robots are great explorers, but one environment that’s tricky for them to navigate is through the ground. Now, engineers at UCSB and Georgia Tech have developed a snake-like robot that uses a range of methods to burrow through soft sand or soil.

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“All-wheel-drive” ray sperm inspire a better swimming robot

As if the ray fishes weren't unusual enough already, it turns out that their sperm is also unique. Scientists have now created a robot inspired by those sperm, which may someday lead to smaller descendants that swim within the human body.

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Suction-cup-equipped robot designed to pick and trim farmed mushrooms

According to Pennsylvania State University's Asst. Prof. Long He, the mushroom-farming industry is currently experiencing a labor shortage. His team has thus set about addressing that problem, by developing a mushroom-picking robot.

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MIT’s Digger Finger robot can sense items buried beneath the surface

MIT scientists have developed a finger-like sensor with the ability to dig into granular media like sand or gravel to get a sense of objects buried beneath the surface, which could lead to better ways of detecting and disarming land mines.

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Synthetic cilia allow tiny soft-bodied robot to pump and scuttle

Paramecium and certain other microbes move through liquid by whipping back and forth hairlike appendages known as cilia. Scientists have now developed a new type of synthetic cilia, which could find use in micro-robots and more.

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Roborock S7 review: Hybrid robovac gets new sonic mopping technology

If you're looking for some robotic help when it comes to keeping your home clean and tidy, Roborock is one of the biggest names in the business, and the S7 is the newest model from the brand – a robovac that we've been extensively testing in recent weeks.

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