The First Autonomous, Entirely Soft Robot

From Leah Burrows and Harvard:  A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3-D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3-D-printed robot — nicknamed the “octobot” — could pave the way for a new generation of such machines...

...Through our hybrid assembly approach, we were able to 3-D print each of the functional components required within the soft robot body, including the fuel storage, power, and actuation, in a rapid manner,” said Lewis. “The octobot is a simple embodiment designed to demonstrate our integrated design and additive fabrication strategy for embedding autonomous functionality.”... (full article)

 

Drone World Expo to Offer MAPPS Fall Policy Conference and Geospatial Pavilion for Commercial End Users

-As the FAA's Part 107 takes effect this week, there are several opportunities for end users of UAS technology to become educated at this November's Drone World Expo (DWE) taking place November 15-16 at the San Jose Convention Center.

CNH Industrial brands reveal concept autonomous tractor development: driverless technology to boost precision and productivity

Precision farming and machine automation are already taking on ever-greater importance in order to meet the need for more efficient, economic and sustainable agriculture. However, at key times of the year farm work still demands long hours in the field - particularly when harvesting a crop, or planting the next one.

Aviation Maintenance School to Offer Unmanned Aircraft Systems Courses

This two day course will expose students to key aspects of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry with a focus on the operator role and mission. This course is designed to help students obtain their operator certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

NASA Holds Final Sample Return Robot Competition

In this final round of the challenge, teams have up to two hours each to locate as many as 10 unknown samples that vary in size, shape, location and difficulty.

New Kespry Drone 2.0 Has Twice the Aerial Coverage

Based on requests from commercial customers, the new Kespry Drone 2.0 now flies over 30 minutes per flight, covering up to 150 acres at a 400 foot altitude, and can operate effectively in up to 25 mph sustained winds and 35 mph wind gusts.

Kongsberg Geospatial and FAA ASSURE UAS Team Members Partner for Operational Trials of Detect and Avoid and Beyond Visual Line of Sight Display Software

U. of Alaska, U. of North Dakota to adopt IRIS UAS software for BVLOS drone research

Quanergy Acquires OTUS People Tracker Software from Raytheon BBN Technologies to Strengthen its Position as Complete LiDAR Solution Provider

Technology Acquisition Accelerates and Expands Ability for Advanced Autonomous Driving and Security LiDAR Applications

DJI to Open Flagship Store in Hong Kong

New Location Aims to Attract Consumers To Learn, Share and Discover

Dexmo Robotics has created a mechanical exoskeleton glove for VR use

Julia Alexander for Polygon:  With HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, the first wave of mainstream, consumer VR has officially arrived, and with it, comes the question of how to constantly better the experience for those using it.

As it stands right now, those who want to use devices like the Vive or Rift must do so with controllers; the Rift uses an Xbox One controller while the Vive comes with its own dedicated peripheral. Both are functional and serve their purpose, but they come with certain limitations when trying to achieve the ideal VR experience.

Now, Dexmo Robotics has unveiled what it thinks will solve some of those frustrations: a mechanical exoskeleton glove that can be paired with VR headsets. The glove, which can be seen in the video above, provides 11 degrees of freedom for movement, and the company touts the fact that each finger comes with a pressured sensor. Essentially, if you’re playing a first-person shooter, you’ll be able to feel the in-game gun's trigger bring squeezed as well as the recoil.  Full Article:

Socionext to Showcase Advanced Image and Sensor Technologies for Aerial Drones at InterDrone Show in Las Vegas Sep. 7-9

Robust, Single-Chip 24GHz Radar to be Featured at Booth 105 in Demonstrations of Imaging and Radar Solutions for Drone Applications

Mouser Electronics, Chris Hadfield and Grant Imahara Release Video on First-of-Its-Kind I.S.S. Design Challenge

The I.S.S. Design Challenge is a call to college and university students, engineers, and makers, to create a 3D-printable project designed to help I.S.S. astronauts in space. All entries will be judged by Imahara and Hadfield.

The ABC of RPA, Part 9: How Do I Measure Performance of a Robot Versus Humans?

If a robot gets a company's product out the door one or two days sooner, that equates to revenue, and thus cash, in the door one or two days sooner.

PowerVision Launches PowerEgg - the World's Most Intuitive Consumer Drone

Art Meets Technology as PowerEgg Combines Stunning Design and Aerodynamic Innovation

Flirtey Teams with Domino's Pizza Enterprises for First-Ever Pizza Drone Delivery Service

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