robot blood, solar desalination

‘Robot blood’ powers machines for lengthy tasks — ScienceDaily
Researchers have created a system of circulating liquid — ‘robot blood’ — within robotic structures, to store energy and power robotic applications for sophisticated, long-duration tasks….
‘Hot spots’ increase efficiency of solar desalination — ScienceDaily
Rice University’s solar-powered approach for purifying salt water with sunlight and nanoparticles is even more efficient than its creators first believed. could boost the efficiency of their so…
Now your phone can become a robot that does the boring work: What you do is what the robot does — ScienceDaily
testing it in real factory settings to evaluate user-driven applications. Ultimately, the app is a step toward creating future “smart” factories, powered by artificial intelligence and au…
The Plan and The Reality 2: Ramping Up – LEGO Engineering
if the robots are allowed to start on the ramp (i.e. with no requirement that they be able to drive onto the ramp), it can be treated as a very different problem. I’ve seen robots that can climb…
Linkage Warm Ups 1: LEGO Punchers and the 4-Bar Linkage – LEGO Engineering
4-bar linkages can be configured in an infinite number of ways by changing the bar lengths, which can change the linkage’s behavior dramatically. Below are some of the major categories of 4-bar l…
The Plan and the Reality 1: And so It Begins… – LEGO Engineering
It’s immediately obvious that not all ducks are the same. The variety of ducks that can be made from just six bricks never ceases to amaze me.Talking with the students about the results, I emphas…
Silly Walks – LEGO Engineering
This classic introductory robotics challenge requires little, if any, formal teaching. In addition to being a lot of fun, it provides a great way of assessing prior experience. At the very least, i…
The Plan and the Reality 3: Wave to the Distance – LEGO Engineering
Build and program a robot car to drive as close as possible to a LEGO minfig, without knocking it over. Sounds easy? The catch is that you are not allowed to use any sensors and once you are told h…
Volvo Trucks’ cabin-less self-driving hauler takes on its first job
What would trucks look like if they didn’t need to accommodate a human driver? Volvo Trucks’ Vera vehicle is an exploration of this idea, doing away with the cabin entirely so it can more e…