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Le robot Thymio II encourage la créativité. Share photos and videos on Twitter. This Is The Prima Ballerina Of Robots. We’ve seen drones pull off some amazing stunts, like pirouetting through the air while assembling a building brick by brick.

This Is The Prima Ballerina Of Robots

Swiss researchers created a cube that can sit, jump and walk (video) The Distributed Flight Array: Summary. Cheetah-Cub Robot Created: See Other Nature-Inspired Machines. What runs and hops much like a nimble house cat but has no head?

Cheetah-Cub Robot Created: See Other Nature-Inspired Machines

An experimental cheetah-cub robot, currently covering new ground for scientists learning how to make four-legged robots move more efficiently. See a video of the cheetah robot. The robot, made by scientists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, boasts three-segment legs—just like living felines—and uses motor muscles and spring tendons to move much like the real thing. (Related: "Animals Inspire New Breed of War Robots. ") That means speed—about seven of its own body lengths per second. And like its real-world counterparts, the cheetah-cub robot is nimble and stable, providing a platform for future research in all types of efficient robot movement. The scientists made the robot cub-size because it's lighter and more compact than an adult cheetah, making experiments easier.

Fly-Size Drone Takes to the Air. Dance of the Flying Machines. Dance with Thymio II. Matternet. Festo - BionicOpter. The Matternet: A Flying Autonomous Delivery System For The Developing World. Nearly one billion people in rural areas live without access to all-season roads--meaning a large portion of the world's population can't get medication, food, and other supplies when they need them.

The Matternet: A Flying Autonomous Delivery System For The Developing World

The Matternet, a concept created by a group of students in this summer's class at Singularity University, aims to leapfrog road-based transportation altogether with a network of electric autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs) in the developing world that transports supplies and people from place to place. Think of it as the Jetsons meets Mother Theresa. The Matternet concept was designed by a motley crew of entrepreneurs, engineers, hackers, and more--all of whom were challenged during Singularity University to solve a big problem related to world poverty (other groups focused on space, energy, education, security, and global health). The Matternet is being developed in three stages.

In the first stage, the Matternet team anticipates carrying loads of one to two kilograms. Follow @fastcompany. Quadrocopter Ball Juggling, ETH Zurich. Video: Swiss Flying Torpedo Bot Crashes, Dusts Itself Off and Flies Again. Flying robots are adept aviators, flipping through small openings, building structures and playing tennis.

Video: Swiss Flying Torpedo Bot Crashes, Dusts Itself Off and Flies Again

But what goes up must come down, and sometimes it's not exactly as planned. A new flying robot can survive a crash, picking itself back up and taking flight again. This robot is from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Intelligent Systems. It contains an active recovery system, which consists of four little legs that kick out to spring the robot upright.

Then it can launch itself into the air. This Week In Bots: Hollywood's Next Big Star Could Be A Robot. Bot Vid: The Crashable Flying Machine Flying robots are all the rage--it seems everyone loves a good drone now.

This Week In Bots: Hollywood's Next Big Star Could Be A Robot

Mind-controlled robot gives paralyzed man mobility. LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Swiss scientists have demonstrated how a partially paralyzed person can control a robot by thought alone, a step they hope will one day allow immobile people to interact with their surroundings through so-called avatars.

Mind-controlled robot gives paralyzed man mobility

Similar experiments have taken place in the United States and Germany, but they involved either able-bodied patients or invasive brain implants. On Tuesday, a team at Switzerland's Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne used only a simple head cap to record the brain signals of Mark-Andre Duc, who was at a hospital in the southern Swiss town of Sion 100 kilometers (62 miles) away. Roombots Are Real-Life Transformers That Become Furniture [Video]

Why buy multiple pieces of furniture, when you could have one piece of furniture that could transform itself into whatever you need at the moment--a chair, a sofa, a table?

Roombots Are Real-Life Transformers That Become Furniture [Video]

For that matter, why settle for static, inanimate furniture at all? This is the idea behind "Roombots," miniature modular robots that are something like Legos -- except they're also autonomous, and can walk around. [A concept video the Roombots assembling into a chair. Voltron, unite!] [The working prototypes of the Roombots] Lego Prosthetic Arm: A Miracle Remade. As if the Lego block itself wasn’t awesome enough, there are mammoth builds revealed on a daily basis.

Lego Prosthetic Arm: A Miracle Remade

We have gone through all this before, and I don’t think I have to say that Lego really is the solution to everything. When it comes to creativity, it is certainly the most versatile toy ever created. I am sure we couldn’t even begin to count the number of children who started out playing with Lego only to become great architects, scientists and technology innovators when they eventually grew up. It’s a toy that will spark a lifelong love for innovation and building, and if you have ever lost yourself in the play then you know what I mean.

However, Lego has a whole other useful area as well, and that is to mock up inventions in order to weather out the bugs and implement workarounds. You might think it was a quick build and that it can’t be as awesome as all those movie robot prosthetic arms that we have seen in movies such as Terminator for example. Via: [ DVICE ] Robots Dancing To Korean Pop Songs. Lego robotic arm is grabby. My greatest Lego triumph was the creation of a miniature monorail that required pushing the car down a little Lego track.

Lego robotic arm is grabby

YouTube user sumthinelse5790 (real name Max Shepherd) has blown my childhood creation out of the water with a Lego robotic arm. Admittedly, this isn't the first Lego arm on the planet , but it does show off a high level of sophistication. Shepherd went in with the lofty goal of accurately mimicking the full range of motion of a normal human arm and hand. The result is pretty successful. The Nature That Has Inspired High-Tech Advances. At EPFL, Mother Nature meets the Motherboard. In Western Switzerland, a new centre led by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) is combining research in evolutionary software with robots that mimic animals.

At EPFL, Mother Nature meets the Motherboard

An automated grasshopper, a gyroscope that allows a robotic cricket to balance itself before bouncing again and again, a small glider that flies and clings to walls like a flying squirrel… When Mirko Kovac is displaying his ultra-light robots in the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) at the EPFL, it almost feels like standing in front of one of Alexander Calder’s graceful wire mobiles. Perhaps that’s because these tiny automatons, so different from the bulky and complex androids of Star Wars, take their inspiration from nature itself. The bio-inspired approach is one of the most promising avenues in robotics today, with the EPFL’s pioneering researchers leading the way.

Apart from the LIS, three other EPFL laboratories* are drawing inspiration from biology to design new robots. Four-year funding. The man who wants to change books into machines. At the age of 37, Parisian engineer Frédéric Kaplan divides his time between his laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and his company in the centre of the same city. Flocking with fixed-wing robots at EPFL.