Octobot. The world's first soft-bodied robot. As described in Nature mag., the palm-sized machine’s exterior is made of silicone. And whereas other soft robots have had at least a few hard parts, such as batteries or wires, the octobot uses a small reservoir of hydrogen peroxide as fuel. When the hydrogen peroxide washes over flecks of platinum embedded within the octobot, the resulting chemical reaction produces gas that inflates and flexes the robot’s arms. <:((((><(
A major challenge in outdoor mobile robotics is the classification of navigable and non-navigable terrain. The variability of the environment, which is caused by different types of trail surfaces, fuzzy road boundaries, and many distinct illumination conditions, pose great difficulties for reliable sensor data interpretation. In addition, autonomous robot navigation at higher velocities requires data interpretation to happen close to or at real-time.
Startup Readies Autonomous Robots for Security Patrol
Rise of the Robot Security Guards | Startup Knightscope is preparing to roll out human-size robot patrols. [Future Robots: http://futuristicnews.com/category/future-robots/ Robotics Books: http://futuristicshop.com/category/robotics-books/ Robots for Home: http://futuristicshop.com/category/robots/]