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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Boston Dynamics puts Spot the robot on sale for $75k

Boston Dynamics revealed plans to launch commercial sales of its Spot robot last year, and after an eventful interim that saw it leased out for work on oil rigs and farms, the dog-like quadruped is now available to buy via the company’s website.

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Boston Dynamics puts Spot the robot on sale for $75k

Boston Dynamics revealed plans to launch commercial sales of its Spot robot last year, and after an eventful interim that saw it leased out for work on oil rigs and farms, the dog-like quadruped is now available to buy via the company’s website.

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Two-wheeled, two-legged robot rolls and jumps

While legged robots are able to perform feats such as climbing stairs, their wheeled counterparts are faster and less complex. The Ascento robot offers the best of both worlds, as it has two jumping legs – each one with a wheel on the bottom.

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Salto the jumping robot can now execute stylish precision landings

Previously Salto the one-legged robot liked to keep on the hop since it had trouble coming to a stop without falling over – no surprise without another leg to fall back on. Now it's nailing its landings, with its jumping accuracy also benefitting.

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Walking robot uses neural net to change gaits

Insects rapidly transition between walking gaits, in response to external stimuli. Scientists have now created a robot that does the same thing, utilizing an artificial neural network – the tech might ultimately find use in better prostheses.

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Semi-soft “flexoskeleton” robots inspired by insects

Soft-bodied robots have numerous desirable qualities, such as the ability to squeeze through gaps. And so far, they've typically been manually assembled on a one-off basis. That could be about to change, though, thanks to a new manufacturing method.

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Robotic sea turtle shows promise as fish farm inspector

Marine aquaculture pens have to be regularly checked for holes, plus the fish need to be inspected for parasites. And although the job is typically performed by human divers, it turns out that a robotic sea turtle may be a better choice for the task.

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