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Photos: Robots at IROS 2012 | Robohub

Photos: Robots at IROS 2012 | Robohub | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

Researchers from ETH Zurich showed a robot capable of robotic body extension. By melting adhesives such as hot glue, the robot can additively fabricate and assemble tools, and integrate them into its own body. (L. Brodbeck, F. Iida: Enhanced Robotic Body Extension with Modular Units, IROS 2012).

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Cowabunga: Swiss Boffins Working on Robot Turtle | IEEE Spectrum

Cowabunga: Swiss Boffins Working on Robot Turtle | IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

Naro-Tartaruga is a robotic sea turtle from ETH Zurich. The reason to go with a sea turtle, as opposed to something boring like a fish, is because sea turtles are both easier to construct and better for carrying payload.

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Microlecture - How to Engineer a Dog

"The Legged Robotics Team at ETH Zurich's Autonomous Systems Lab is doing research to build fast, versatile, and efficient quadrupedal robots." via @Robohub .org

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Robot helicopters swoop in to help from the air | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 12.05.2012

Robot helicopters swoop in to help from the air | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 12.05.2012 | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Unmanned mini-helicopters are increasingly being deployed in science, industry, during catastrophes and even for filming. They can help the police as a surveillance tool or save fawns from combine harvesters.
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[IROS 2012] Iuro Robot Finds Its Way Through Cities, With Your Help - IEEE Spectrum

[IROS 2012] Iuro Robot Finds Its Way Through Cities, With Your Help - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
This giant bobblehead robot asks people for directions to get where it needs to go...
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Video: Watch Flying Robots Cooperate, Throw and Catch Balls | Robohub

Video: Watch Flying Robots Cooperate, Throw and Catch Balls | Robohub | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

The quadrocopters are attached to an elastic net. The net allows them to catch the ball by moving such that they span the net under the falling ball. Since the net is elastic, the quadrocopters can not just catch but also toss the ball back into the air by rapidly accelerating outwards, thereby stretching the net and launching the ball from it.

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Robots: Swiss Robotics « Robots – The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Swiss Robotics « Robots – The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

Dario Floreano is the director of the Swiss NCCR Robotics which gathers leading robotic experts in Switzerland from EPFL (home institution), ETH Zurich, University of Zurich and Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

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