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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Origami-inspired folding microbots can tackle new tasks when heated

Scientists working in the field of microbots have taken inspiration from origami to produce what they say are first-of-a-kind machines, which can fold into different shapes to take on different tasks through the application of heat.

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Sampling robot lets clinicians keep their distance from patients

Even if they're wearing face masks, healthcare workers can still be quite leery of getting up close and personal with patients who may have COVID-19. That's where a new robotic system comes in, as it lets clinicians take samples at a distance.

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Graceful robotic swifts take flight in latest Festo demo

Festo has good form for pushing the envelope in robot development, previously showing off bio-inspired bot versions of ants, a kangaroo, flying penguins and more. Now the firm has revealed the latest developments, including aerobatic BionicSwifts.

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Air-powered robotic jellyfish outpaces its real-life rivals

The uniquely efficient movement of jellyfish has made them a popular model of study for robotics researchers, and scientists are now showing off a new machine inspired by these creatures that uses air channels to swim at great speeds.

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